Anatomy department is one of the basic medical departments and is situated in ground floor of the basic medical sciences building since its establishment as a separate department in 1951. The department will be moving to its new location near Professor’s Daoud Lecture Hall soon. The first head of department was Prof. H. A. Harris of the Cambridge University . His successors were

  • Prof. Butler
  • Prof. Makram Jirgis
  • Prof. Abdelhamid Lutfi
  • Prof. Mustafa Hassan Badi
  • Prof. Mohamed Abdelaal Almangushi
  • Dr. Eltayeb Yousif Salih
  • Dr. Abdelmoneim Sahl Almardi
  • Dr. Mohamed Abuouf Bakheet
  • Prof. Mohamed Ahmed Hassan Abdelgaleel

Human Anatomy is the science that deals with the structure of human beings and it includes the following subdivisions:

Gross (macroscopic anatomy) : which studies the naked eye structure of the different body parts namely the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, upper and lower limbs, and the back. It is divided into basic and applied parts, and is taught to second and third year medical students as well as to second year dental students.

Developmental Anatomy (embryology): which studies the development of the human being from the formation of the male and female germ cells, through fertilization and the beginning of conception, to birth. In addition to the developmental abnormalities that may result. It is divided into general and systemic developmental anatomy, and is taught to second and third year medical students and second year dental students.

Histology: which studies the microscopic and ultrastructure of the different body tissues and cells. It is also divided into general and systemic histology. It is taught in second and third years.

Neuroanatomy: which studies the structure of the nervous system in detail. It is taught to third year medical students and second year dental students.

Living Anatomy . This is formed of two parts:

1. Radiologic Anatomy : studies the appearance of the different body parts in conventional and computerized tomography images as well as in magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound scans, and other related imaging techniques.

2. Surface Anatomy : studies the superficial landmarks of the body and the identification of the deep structures in an intact body.

3. Surgical Anatomy : studies the relation of the basic structure of the body and its application in the practice of surgery.

Students studying anatomy are second and third year medical students and second year dental students. A new, three semester, curriculum is to be implemented in the near future in accordance with the faculty’s policies to upgrade and update its curriculum.

The departmental activities

  • Lectures: these are delivered by professors, associate and assistant professors, and lecturers.
  • Tutorials: these are done in small groups under the supervision of all of the staff.
  • Practical sessions: through these the students complement their theoretical knowledge to better their understanding of the subject.
  • Different theoretical and practical activities for the postgraduate students.
  • Examinations: Continuous assessment: in the form of three examinations during the academic year amounting to 30% of the final mark.
  • Final examination: the theoretical part is formed of multiple choice questions of the true and false formats in addition to the single best answer format. There is also the short answer question format, but is being phased out gradually. The practical part is the objectively structured practical examination that replaced the oral examination. The examinations cover all the branches of the subject. The examinations are supervised by three examination officers ; one for second year, one for third year, and one for the practical examination of the second and third years. The officers are responsible for the collection of examination materials from the contributing teachers, preparation of the examination, printing, distribution of the papers for marking, issuing and analysis of the results.

Future plans:

  • Starting new and original research projects into local problems
  • Issuing scientific papers and publications
  • Establishing links and relations with regional and international counterpart departments
  • Contributions to international conferences
  • Expansion of the postgraduate studies