The anatomy demonstrator of the future: an examination of the role of the medically-qualified anatomy demonstrator in the context of tomorrow's doctors and modernizing medical careers

A M Lockwood, A M Roberts
Clinical Anatomy 2007, 20 (4): 455-9
In 1993, the UK General Medical Council published Tomorrow's Doctors leading to a nationwide restructuring of undergraduate medical courses. Traditional courses with distinct pre-clinical and clinical phases gave way to a more integrated approach to undergraduate medical education, with an emphasis on the quality and variety of teaching provided. More than a decade after Tomorrow's Doctors, postgraduate medical training is being transformed. Modernising Medical Careers is leading to the introduction of a two-year Foundation Programme, with subsequent streamlined specialist training. In the context of these changes, we consider how the creation of posts for medically-qualified anatomy demonstrators would present an opportunity to fulfil needs in both undergraduate education and postgraduate training. We outline the threats facing established posts, and how these problems may be resolved. We hope that this overview of the challenges facing undergraduate and postgraduate education in the UK, with particular reference to anatomy, may offer some useful insight to teachers and learners in other countries. We conclude that the role of the medically-qualified anatomy demonstrator has proved valuable in the context of Tomorrow's Doctors, and that this role can evolve and expand as part of the 21st century "modern medical career."

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