Anatomy Module 3 (Upper Limb)

Category: Training - Core Training - Anatomy/Physiology

Date: December 11th 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 THERE IS NO CORRESPONDING PHYSIOLOGY MODULE (The other date for Anatomy 3 is the 4th of December)



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: Breast and upper limb

Axilla and breast

  • Boundaries and contents of axilla: brachial plexus, axillary artery, lymph nodes (particularly in relation to lymphatic drainage of breast and metastatic spread of breast cancer and melanoma)

Upper limb

  • Bones, including surface anatomy and radiological appearance; sites of common fractures (clavicle, humerus, distal radius, scaphoid) and complications
  • Factors influencing stability of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and interphalangeal joints; common injuries and their consequences (eg: shoulder, elbow, finger dislocations)
  • Nerves and vessels, including course and distribution, key relations, major pulse points, eg: subclavian, brachial, radial pulses; common sites of peripheral nerve injury and their functional effects (brachial plexus, axillary, radial, ulnar, median nerve lesions)
  • Anatomical basis of common conditions, including: rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome



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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