Anatomy Module 1 (Thorax and Spine)

Category: Training - Core Training - Anatomy/Physiology

Date: October 30th 2012 5:30pm until 8:30pm

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 1 ON THE SAME DAY (The other date for Anatomy 1/Physiology 1 is the 16th of October)



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: Thorax and spine

Vertebral column

  • Vertebrae, including: characteristics of vertebrae from different regions of the vertebral column; movements; development and stabilisation of curvatures
  • Contents of the vertebral canal: meninges, spinal cord, spinal nerve roots, spinal nerves; relationships to vertebrae and intervertebral joints; anatomical basis of spinal pathologies, eg: back pain, intervertebral disc prolapse, injuries to spinal cord and nerves, and whiplash injuries; anatomical basis of lumbar puncture, regional and epidural anaesthesia
  • Surface anatomy and muscle groups of the back
  • Dermatomes and peripheral nerve distribution; myotomes; basic neurological examination of the limbs and trunk


  • Thoracic walls, including: anatomy of intercostal spaces; diaphragm; functional anatomy of ventilation; anatomical basis of pneumothorax, and placement of chest drain for simple and tension pneumothorax
  • Pleural cavities and lungs, including: extent and surface markings; lymphatic drainage of lungs and its role in lung cancer metastases; anatomical basis of lung and pleural disease
  • Mediastinum, including: main divisions and contents; anatomy of the heart and great vessels, including surface projections; anatomical basis of common congenital cardiac abnormalities, heart murmurs and their effects; function and arrangement of the coronary arteries; position and function of heart valves; anatomical basis of coronary artery and valve disease and surgery, and referred pain from phrenic and intercostal nerves; placement of chest drain for cardiac tamponade
  • Thoracic inlet and outlet, including major structures passing between the neck and thorax; possible complications of when inserting central venous lines
  • Thoracic outlet, including major structures passing between the thorax and abdomen



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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