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Another July day of rain in Swansea.

Anatomy exam no. 3

It’s the third and final anatomy spotter exam for our first years today. We’re testing head and neck anatomy, and a bit of female pelvis anatomy (Easter was very early and mucked up our timetable). I always think its a fairly tough exam, but marks in the past have often been the best for this exam out of the three.
After today I’d hope that we’d get a break, but we’ve already been preparing next year’s exam papers for a couple of months now. The next batch of students will start at the beginning of September, and we usually have a lot to do between now and then, even though we’re not actively teaching. I’m supposed to be spending time in the lab too! worksheets

Do you use by Primal Pictures? If you don’t know, is a huge, commercial online resource of annotated computer models of human anatomy. The models are all derived from real anatomy, as far as I know. It is an expensive resource, but very useful.
Rhiannon and I have been putting together some worksheets for this term so that we can direct students to particular structures and models, as you can get easily lost with so many models and structures.
If you’re a Swansea medicine student, or you or your institution has a subscription to, you can access the worksheets from here.


The server space I use to host my podcasts is being flaky again, so you’ve probably been having difficulties playing them directly from this website or with downloading using iTunes. The server is a free service that is much abused by the large numbers of you that download gigabytes of audio and video data every month, so we can’t complain too much.
I’m trying to move the neuroembryology podcast to Blackboard for Swansea students to access during this revision period, but Blackboard doesn’t seem to like this idea. We do have a new server specifically for the School of Medicine, very kindly set up for us by the Library and Information Services department here at the university, which will be the home of all of this sort of content in the future. I’m struggling to get access to it at the moment, though.
I am working to fix the situation, so keep an eye on whichever method you prefer to get the podcasts by. The latest installment, a short, 10 minute chat with Rhiannon before she left us is waiting to be heard by you all.


My Beach Olympcs team and I have made the front page of the School of Medicine’s monthly magazine, Synergy, and our fine win is discussed inside. I still haven’t seen the photos of us and the cup though, so send me a link if they’re online anywhere.