The first medical school of Namibia:anatomy curriculum and unique facilities

Wessels, Quenton and Vorster, Willie and Jacobson, Christian (2012) The first medical school of Namibia:anatomy curriculum and unique facilities. Clinical Anatomy, 25 (2). p. 281. ISSN 0897-3806

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University of Namibia’s School of Medicine officially opened its doors on February 8, 2010. Construction of Phase I followed shortly thereafter. Phase I comprises of a Life Sciences I building and a Skills lab. The former contains the Department of Anatomy and Department of Physiological Chemistry. The project aims at the attainment of health and social well-being of all Namibians. This constitutes part of Namibia’s Vision 2030 aimed at political and economic transformation. Anatomy at the School of Medicine is presented through a clinically orientated outcome-based curriculum. This linear study programme stretches over three semesters and includes microscopic, gross, and clinical anatomy. Design of the anatomy facilities and related equipment was directed towards ease of use. The integration of state of the art technology was pursued to facilitate teaching and promote a student-centered approach. The resulting anatomy programme achieved 16 weeks of contact per semester with 3 hr of lectures and 4 hr of practical sessions weekly. Practicals include students-centred group activities, histology microscopy, and dissections. Set outcomes were established which revolves around clinical cases along with the integration of medical imaging. The facilities and equipment allows for the sequential processing of cadaveric material with the unidirectional flow from reception, preparation, embalming, storage, dissection, and maceration. The National School of Medicine and facilities aims to contribute towards the current health needs of Namibia. The anatomy curriculum provides a concrete foundation suitable for the Namibian student with the exposure to clinical aspects.

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