Anatomy is the basis of medical profession as human body is the focus of examination, investigation and intervention for diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Application of anatomical knowledge is the ongoing process throughout the medical career. Therefore, clinical anatomy occupies the centre stage right from the outset of medical training. We, the faculty at Department of Anatomy make intentional efforts to bridge the gray zone between preclinical anatomy and clinical anatomy. Multi-modal approach strategies are used to teach anatomy to medical students. We believe in integration of newer teaching modalities and modern technology will encourage interest and retention of anatomical knowledge and its clinical relevance.
Learning anatomy includes gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, embryology and genetics. The key to successful and enjoyable learning lies in consciously integrating the basic and the clinical anatomy right from the entry point by initiating the trainees to identify normal anatomical structures in plain radiographs.
Another very interesting approach is to train the trainee in clinical problem solving by use of anatomical knowledge. This approach not only convinces the trainees that preclinical anatomy is an integral part of bedside medicine but also expands their thinking capacity. This approach is indispensable for concept clarity and retention rather than rote learning.