Integrated Human Anatomy Dissection Workshop at GMU

The Anatomy Unit of Biomedical Sciences Department, College of Medicine conducted an Integrated Dissection Workshop to provide students with an opportunity to engage in deep learning of human anatomy in the continuum of medical training at GMU.

Dr.Liju Susan Mathew, Lecturer in Anatomy, organized the workshop and facilitated the regional dissection-based learning for the sophomores of the Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences Program. The workshop was designed to include intense, hands-on 60 hours of training for 11 highly motivated students. The sessions were designed to utilize interactive and collaborative activities to hone dissection skills with ethical considerations, leadership and teamwork, peer tutoring, and maintenance of digital logs in a professional manner.


Expert consultation and intervention by Dr. Mehzabin Ahmedand Dr.Sana Fathima were sought during the workshop for a pathological abnormality found during the cadaveric dissection. The participants were also introduced to histopathological techniques employed in the investigation of excised biopsy tissues.

Mr. Ali observed “The workshop helped us to understand anatomy much in detail rather than just learning from prosected specimens. It was more of a hands-on ‘surgeon’ like experience.”

“I had a great time doing dissection for the first time. It gave me a clear insight of anatomy as every organ was dissected by us and its relation to blood vessels and other organs could be studied clearly”, noted Ms.Sayesha.

“I am overwhelmed by the great interest and enthusiasm shown by the students for this activity and hence, offering electives in Anatomy will be considered for implementation in the near future”, said Dr. Liju Susan Mathew proudly.

Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences Program (ADPCS) is the preclinical phase of a collaborative medical degree program offered by Gulf Medical University. Upon successful completion of the preclinical phase, an Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences shall be awarded by GMU, and the collaborating university shall award the final medical degree [MBBS/MD/MBChB, as applicable] upon successful completion of the clinical training. Medical University of Lublin (MUL), Lublin, Poland, University of Ghana (UG) School of Medicine and Dentistry, Accra, Ghana, Vita-Salute University San Raffaele (USR), Milan, Italy, Misr University of Science and Technology (MUST), Cairo, Egypt and International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are currently our collaborating universities. The 2-year Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences Program (ADPCS) program underwent a substantive change and was upgraded to a 3-year Higher Diploma Pre-Clinical Science Program (HDPCS) program approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and will be implemented from the Fall of Academic Year 2022-2023.