By Dr. Adegbenro Fakoya
The Department of Anatomy at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) can be described as the students’ “body discovery unit.” This is where the students are taught the real art of Anatomy at a time when most medical institutions are now deviating from actual dissections to the prosections, plastinated or freeze-dried cadavers. At UMHS, we combine all teaching methodologies to ensure that the students have the best foundation for the medical school.
At a time when departments of anatomy are no more enthusiastic about anomalies, here at UMHS, we initiate and activate in the students the spirit of discovery (research), the synthesis of new information and contribution to the scientific body of knowledge. We inspire them to look out for rare anomalies or the yet-to-be-discovered variations while dissecting and learning Anatomy in a 22-bed state-of-the-art dissection laboratory.
The students pay keen attention to details as they work as a team on the cadavers, and by default, the students find themselves operating on level 5 of the Bloom’s taxonomy (synthesis of new information).
The students learn early to treat the cadavers as being unique as they will treat each patient they come across while slowly gravitating towards their dreams of becoming physicians.
At the end of the semester, under the supervision of their professors, the anomalies are reviewed with students on the tables where the anomalies were discovered (other interested students are also allowed to participate). The anomalies that stand out are selected for Case Report writing.
Recently three case reports have been published by our students under the supervision of the professors, and currently, about 10 case reports are in queue for publication.
The recently published Case Reports are below with the links from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (PubMed):
- Fenestrated Vertebral Artery in A routine Cadaveric Dissection
- A unique Communication Arterial Branch between the Celiac Trunk and the Superior Mesenteric Artery: A Case Report
- Unusual Splitting of Medial Cord of the Right Brachial Plexus and Its Relation to the Axillary Artery and Subscapular Artery: A Case Report
Congratulations to the students who participated in this Research: Emilio Aguinaldo, Natalia M. Velasco-Nieves, Erica Barnes, Zachary T Vandeveer, Nannette Morales-Marietti, Faviola Laureano-Torres, Adrian Feliciano Muniz, Emmanuel Morales Mosanto, Darimar Loubriel, and Shannon Matthew.
In addition to these three articles, Dr. Adegbenro Fakoya, within the past academic year, collaborated with other institutions and published six other papers and a book chapter in the Methods in Molecular Biology series (Springer Nature). Below are the links:
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30771191 (Book Chapter)
Dr. Adegbenro Fakoya is Chair of Research, Course Director of Histology and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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