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Medicine students in the anatomy lab at the University of York with Dr Kat Sanders


Here at Hull York Medical School, under the guidance of our expert anatomists, you will develop the in-depth understanding of human anatomy needed to deliver exceptional healthcare.


A modern approach to anatomy

Understanding the structure and function of the human body is essential to being a brilliant doctor.

Here at Hull York Medical School, under the guidance of our expert anatomists, you will develop the in-depth understanding of clinical anatomy needed to deliver exceptional healthcare.

Everything you learn in your anatomy sessions will be applicable to the care of patients and designed to prepare you to be a competent and safe doctor.

The anatomy you learn will relate directly to the themes raised by your weekly problem based learning case, ensuring you are putting into practice what you learn each week.

From understanding the theory behind patient symptoms, to performing relevant examinations and interpreting clinical images, your anatomy learning will put you in good stead to effectively diagnose and treat patients.

Medical students in an anatomy session with Professor Peter Bazira
Medicine students in an anatomy demonstration with Lauren Clunie
Medical students in an anatomy session with Dr Kat Sanders
Dr Kiranjit Kaur, 2019 graduate


Learning anatomy using prosections allows you to focus on the anatomical structures, rather than worrying about how to dissect correctly in order to keep the important structures intact. The prosections are done in a way that makes it as easy as possible for us to learn from them, and get the information we need.
2019 graduate

Kiranjit Kaur


What approaches are used?

You will build your knowledge of clinical anatomy using an academically rigorous combination of prosections, medical imaging, anatomical models and cutting-edge techniques in living anatomy developed by our own researchers.

This blended approach offers an efficient and consistent means of learning clinically relevant anatomy, ensuring that you develop the knowledge and skills you need for your medical career.


These anatomical specimens have been previously dissected by our expert anatomists to display and demonstrate specific structures, relationships, systems and regions. They give medical students the opportunity to identify and view more anatomical variations in several specimens.

Formalin-embalmed specimens

These prosections are relatively rigid, preserving key surface features of anatomical structures, and are particularly useful for learning three-dimensional anatomical features and relationships.

Plastinated prosections

Plastinated prosections are anatomically accurate prosections that can be handled without protective gloves. These prosections can be used and reused indefinitely to demonstrate key anatomical features.

Students in the anatomy lab with Lauren Clunie inspecting prosections
Students in the anatomy lab inspecting prosections
Anatomical models

These high quality, anatomically-accurate representations of human anatomy supplement and complement learning from human material.

They provide the opportunity to hone your spatial abilities and to build on the understanding of clinically relevant anatomical relationships. These models can be used outside the anatomy laboratory to facilitate learning in the PBL room, the library, or even at home.

Medicine students in the anatomy lab
Medicine students in an anatomy session with Rebecca Quinn
Medical imaging

Medical imaging is central to diagnosis, management and the practice of medicine. It is also the means by which the majority of practising doctors engage with and view human anatomy in practice.

We use modern medical imaging modalities such as CT, MRI and ultrasound to complement anatomical learning. This enables us to reinforce the links between cadaveric and living anatomy, and to prepare students to actively engage with medical imaging in their clinical training and practice.

Students discussing a CT scan of a brain with Professor Peter Bazira
Students discussing a chest X-ray with Professor Peter Bazira

If you are interested in dissection, you will have the opportunity to carry out a detailed dissection of a region of the body and to study anatomy in depth within a clinical context as part of the Scholarship and Special Interest Programme, or in the elective period in Year 5.

You can also undertake whole body dissection as part of our intercalated MSc programmes in Clinical Anatomy, or Clinical Anatomy and Education.