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Surface Anatomy

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About this Course

About the Course

In this course, Professor Claire Smith (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) teaches us about surface anatomy. We begin by: (i) understanding what surface anatomy exactly is, and how it relates to other studies of the human body, and how variation between bodies is completely natural; before (ii) looking at the surface anatomy of the thorax and the thoracic cavity; and then (iii) understanding the surface anatomy of the heart and its major blood vessels; following onto the (iv) surface anatomy of the lungs within the thoracic cavity; before finally (v) understanding the surface anatomy of the circulatory system and how we might use this information to take an arterial pulse.

About the Lecturer

Prof Claire Smith's research focuses on understanding the student learning experience so that the learning can be improved. Her seminal research has led the field in understanding how students learn. She has published over a 100 peer review articles and has over a thousand citations. Her recent focus has been on developing core curricula and on understanding the decisions involved in the process of body donation. Prof Smith is the Lead author of Gray’s Surface Anatomy for Students and the faulty advisor for Crash Course Anatomy and Physiology. Prof Smith has contributed book chapters to several books including: Teaching Anatomy, 30 Second Anatomy and Biomedical Visualisation, Claire is an Associate editor for Anatomical Sciences Education - the world-leading journal for anatomy education. Claire was the Principal Investigator and lead author on the revised Core Anatomy Syllabus for Medical Students (Produced in collaboration with the Anatomical Society, Hull York Medical School and the University of Newcastle). Claire is a member of the world Anatomy Education Committee (FIPAE) She was the first in the UK to begin printing 3D anatomy body parts for students scanned from a donated human cadaver and recently has contributed to two publications on the impact of Covid 19 on Anatomy Education.