Shaping the Future: My year teaching anatomy

Shaping the Future: My year teaching anatomy

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
― William Arthur Ward

Last year presented me with a cherished opportunity: teaching anatomy to first-year medical students. As I embarked on this journey, I was determined to deliver the best learning experience for them. Quickly, I realized that teaching doesn't just demand vast knowledge but also hinges on profound human connection skills.

Anatomy is the bedrock of medical education. It lays the foundational framework for every budding doctor and is indispensable. While today's digital age offers a plethora of books, apps, and resources, nothing can replicate the invaluable experience of direct engagement with specimens and guidance from seasoned experts.

The pandemic threw its fair share of challenges. Yet, I swelled with pride seeing my students remain steadfast in their dedication. Their perseverance amid adversity was commendable.

In my teaching approach, I prioritize support, encouragement, and fostering an environment where students can experiment without the looming shadow of undue stress. I reflected on myself and my experiences from the past. I also garnered numerous insights from the Anatomy Education Podcast.

My students, the future torchbearers of the medical profession, committed themselves wholeheartedly. It was deeply gratifying to witness the majority sail through their exams with flying colors. The anticipation of them donning the doctor's coat someday fills me with hope and excitement. Their aspirations, intertwined with the invisible threads of mentorship, serve as a testament to the profound bond that can form between a teacher and student. Watching them flourish is one of the most fulfilling experiences I've had.