Back to school anatomy: just add Plasticine

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  • CHRISTMAS 2013: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Back to school anatomy: just add PlasticineAnna Rebecka Maria Asp registrar, trauma and orthopaedics, Yulanda Myint registrar, trauma andorthopaedics, Advait Gandhe consultant, trauma and orthopaedics

    Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK

    Anatomy teaching for junior doctors and surgical trainees canbe uninspiring andmonotonous.We tried a fun hands-on adjunctto anatomy teaching in relation to surgical approaches to thehip.We asked participants to describe all the important structures(muscles, nerves, vessels) around the hip joint; name the origin,attachments, innervations, and function; and then to make thestructures from Plasticine (figs 1 and 2).Using a model of the bony pelvis and hip joint, participants thenattached the structures to the relevant landmarks. One personwas selected to make an incision through all the layersencountered in a posterior approach to the hip.In our experience, Plasticine models create an interactivelearning experience that is relevant to surgical practice.

    Participants felt that it improved their appreciation of threedimensional anatomical associationsin particular, theproximity of the sciatic nerve during the dissection. Anothersession on the foot was also well received.

    Competing interests: We have read and understood the BMJ Grouppolicy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests:None.Provenance and peer review: Not commissioned; externally peerreviewed.

    Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6924 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2013

    Correspondence to: rebecka.asp@gmail.com

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    BMJ 2013;347:f6924 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f6924 (Published 17 December 2013) Page 1 of 3

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    Fig 1 Muscles around the posterior approach to the hip, showing the sciatic nerve

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  • Fig 2 Plasticine model showing the anatomy of the foot

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