A clinical anatomy workshop

  • Group size: Year group of 380 students
  • Teaching type: Workshop
  • Division: Medical Science
  • Subject: Clinical Anatomy
  • Tools: Canvas, Panopto, Recording device (mobile phone/camcorder), Video pad editor


Traditionally students learn the theory of anatomy in lectures. Application of theory is carried out via workshops in which students carry out prescribed examinations of patients supervised by senior members of staff. During recent times this practice has not been possible. An online alternative to this has involved filming the modelling of clinical examinations by medical staff to illustrate how to carry out particular types of examination. Filmed by members of staff, the raw footage is also edited by academics using a basic but effective editor called Video Pad. This software allows the inclusion of inlays into the video which serve further illustrate the outlines procedures. Students view the finished videos via Canvas.


The videos are relatively short, 10-15 minutes in length, which maximises attention span. Feedback also suggested that the inlays were very popular. In face to face workshops academics allude to conditions, but using an inlay, these conditions can be shown on screen alongside the examination to illustrate meaning. Material covered in the videos related directly to the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment. This has ensured high student uptake.


Students miss direct interaction with patients. In addition, modelling is confined to one example per examination type, whereas traditionally students are exposed to a larger number of patients which affords a more comprehensive overview.  



  • Contributed by: Matthew Williams, Academic Foundation Doctor


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