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Anatomy dissection internships for Part IA medical students (long vacation)

Anatomy dissection internships were introduced in the summer of 2014 in response to students who had greatly enjoyed and benefitted from practical dissection sessions and wished to do more detailed dissection in an unhurried environment during the long vacation.

In 2014 and 2015, 5 students were selected from 20 applicants. As the number of applicants increased to 32 in 2016, the number of places was increased to 10 students.


26 June to 7 July 2017


Dawnya Behiyat (SE) Akos Marton (CHR)
Max Butler (ED) Catherine Oxley  (SID)
Yasmeen Cooper  (CL) Alex Russell  (M)
Asif Hossain  (T) Disha Singhania  (N)
Maaz Khan  (CAI) Lucy Wright  (K)


27 June to 8 July 2016


Jasmin Abbott (TH) Manal Patel (JN)
Barnaby Fogg (CHR) Agata Sularz (N)
Rachel Fox (CAI) Lawrence Tan (F)
James Kerrison (W) Mrudula Utukuri (MUR)
Will Kitchen (CL) Patrick Warren (EM)


29 June to 10 July 2015


Ciara Bullock (G)
Ellie Cox (EM)
Hong Kai Lim (CC)
Alvar Paris (EM)
Max Stewart (SID)


Partipant feedback:

The internship was very successful. The opportunity to use finer equipment allowed us to clean further and so truly appreciate structures that we had been unable to in the dissection sessions. Through the experience we all gained more respect for the process of creating the beautiful prosections that we are given to study throughout the year

As someone who enjoys working with my hands, it was really great to use some more delicate tools after a year of blunt dissection. I liked how clinical teaching was integrated into the internship. The internship really allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the brachial plexus in terms of deeper structures and their relation to each other

Supervision from experts was always available – but the staff managed to strike a happy balance between encouragement and letting you get down to some serious, focused work. Prosecting gives you the time to tease out finer structures and finer anatomical details than you could ever hope to in the DR. Opening your tool box on day one is enough to make any aspiring surgeon giddy. Over the fortnight, you’ll develop a feel for which instrument is best suited to each task – the satisfaction this gives, especially compared to your first tentative cuts in October, is hard to put into words.

Prosecting was fantastic, and it was so rewarding to sit back at the end and see how beautiful the specimen had become. The teaching sessions [by surgeons and radiologists] were wonderful and very welcome. Thank you for the whole experience.


Prosection of the brachial plexus:



30 June to 11 July 2014


Will Deeley (SID)
Huw Garland (CHR)
Elizabeth Le (CTH)
Shin Sataoka (Q)

Isabelle Terry (PEM)


Participant feedback:

I had not appreciated just how much time and effort goes into producing a prosection of steeplechase quality, something which I was quite ignorant of previously. I enjoyed being able to work through the different layers of fascia, and to see how the small branches of vessels and nerves are connected

The internship was fascinating, a privilege, hard work and plenty of fun! Thank you for this opportunity to spend more time learning anatomy in more depth – it honestly was the best possible end to the academic year, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself

The internship was an incredibly productive and unforgettable experience. Thank you very much to all the anatomy staff for their hard work in making the dissection internship so enjoyable. I would wholeheartedly recommend it


Prosection of the leg: