Korean J Phys Anthropol.  2016 Mar;29(1):1-7. 10.11637/kjpa.2016.29.1.1.

Anatomy as Elective Course for Fourth-Year Medical Students

  • 1Intern, Samsung Medical Center, Korea.
  • 2Intern, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Korea.
  • 3Intern, National Police Hospital, Korea.
  • 4Department of Medical Education, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea.
  • 5Department of Anatomy, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea. changoh@skku.edu


Five medical students in the fourth-year took anatomy as their elective courses for 1 month. They dissected one cadaver, and investigated Digital Report, under the course subjects as follows; (1) the shape of thyroid gland and the location of its isthmus, (2) the branches of left and right coronary arteries, (3) the number of blood vessels and bronchi on the hilum of lung, (4) topographical relationship of the renal vessels and ureter, and the shape of the renal pelvis, (5) the location and attachment of the appendix, (6) the penetration of median nerve through the pronator teres, (7) the sensory nerves and the extensor tendons on the dorsum of hand, (8) the branches of deep femoral artery. The pancreatic and live samples were processed and stained with H&E, for LM observation, since the individual had suffered from pancreatic cancer and got a Pylorus preserving pancreatico-duodenectomy (PPPD). At the last step of the elective course, students wrote small articles following the conventional method for writing manuscript. From the viewpoint of professor, the anatomy course for the fourth-year students were definitely different from that for first-year students, and had many positive effects in terms of anatomy education.


Anatomy education; Elective course; Digital report; Whole body dissection
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