Anatomy Module 5 (Head, Neck and Neuroanatomy)

Category: Training - Core Training - Anatomy/Physiology

Date: March 12th 2013 5:30pm until 8:00pm

Location: Centre for Clinical and Comparative Anatomy, University of Bristol, Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EJ

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PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO REGISTER FOR PHYSIOLOGY MODULE 4 ON THE SAME DAY (The other date for Anatomy 5/Physiology 4 is the 19th of March)



Compulsory for all CT1s (including LATs).


Each module for anatomy and physiology is run twice to allow choice for attendance. Please only book one option for each module. Each module only has places for a maximum of 18 trainees.


Via the School of Surgery website. Register below!


Anatomy and Physiology teaching to support learning for ISCP curriculum and for MRCS examinations. Emphasis is given to continuing professional education rather than ‘coaching’ for the MRCS examinations.


5 anatomy modules and 4 physiology modules are delivered on Tuesdays and it is advised that CT1s ensure that they combine anatomy and physiology teaching sessions. On the Tuesdays where anatomy and physiology modules are provided, it is recommended that the whole day be taken as study leave to allow for self-study and travel in the mornings.


Anatomy and physiology teaching are linked by dates. CT1s are advised to take study leave for the whole day (except for the anatomy module 3 which is not linked to physiology teaching).


Anatomy: Head, neck and neuroanatomy

Head and Neck

  • Major palpable and imaging features of the skull and cervical spine
  • Course and distribution of the cranial nerves (including anatomical basis of facial nerve palsy and neurological examination)
  • The anatomy of major structures (including relationships, neurovascular supply, lymphatic drainage): ear and pharyngotympanic tube; anatomical basis of conductive and sensorineural deafness, otalgia, and referred pain to the ear; orbit, eye, eyelids and conjunctivae; nasal cavity and sinuses (including anatomical basis of epistaxis and sinusitis); oral cavity and tongue; palate and pharynx, including tonsils (including anatomical basis of quinsy, dysphagia); salivary glands (including blockage and swellings); larynx and trachea (including anatomical baiss of upper airway obstruction, infantile stridor, vocal nerve paralysis and hoarseness; airway management, endotracheal and nasogastric tube insertion; tracheostomy and laryngotomy), thyroid and parathyroid glands; contents of carotid sheath
  • Fascia and fascial spaces of the neck in relation to spread of infection; cervical swellings


  • Blood supply and venous drainage of the brain and spinal cord; anatomical basis of stroke
  • Meninges; major dural venous sinuses
  • CSF production, circulation and drainage (including subarachnoid space and ventricular system)
  • The anatomy of major structures within the CNS (including position, organisation, connections, vascular supply, venous drainage and key relations): cerebral cortex, internal capsule, cerebellum, basal ganglia, thalamus, hypothalamus, brainstem, spinal cord
  • Main motor and sensory pathways of the brain and spinal cord; spinal reflexes
  • Recognition of the signs and symptoms of common neurological disorders and intracranial haemorrhages



Trainees are expected to read up and study on the module topics before attendance in order to gain maximal educational benefit from the teaching.

Anatomy venue location


Core trainees are advised to bring their own refreshments or to make their own arrangements for food and refreshments during the 30-minute gap between physiology and anatomy modules on Tuesdays at 5pm. There are numerous cafes and sandwich shops in the vicinity that are easily accessible during the short walk from the physiology venue to the anatomy venues.


No car-parking arrangements are available at the University of Bristol and surrounding areas are for ‘residents-only’. There are NCP car parks available 10-15 minutes away by foot. Good bus and train links are available to Bristol and the University. Trainees are advised to plan their travel and if coming by car are advised to offer a lift to colleagues.

Attendance outcomes

A record of attendance will be kept by the Deanery. Attendance details are provided to your Programme Directors and will be assessed at the yearly ARCPs. Certificates will be provided for each module to trainees, who attend, for their portfolio.

Trainee feedback

Trainees will be asked to provide anonymised feedback on each module. This is important for the School of Surgery to ensure that the standards of delivery and content of the teaching is maximized for Severn School of Surgery core trainees in the future.


Failure to attend a module requires a trainee to complete an explanation form which is available on-line at the School website and is returnable to Chad Elliott ( at the School of Surgery.

For additonal information, see the Anatomy & Physiology section of the website




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