Sudden death in the dissection hall…

Today was a pretty awesome day. We had lectures for the whole morning, because apparently the dissection halls are used by other people on Thursday mornings. It was quite nice to sit in the lecture hall and “relax” for the morning! I know that sounds paradoxical, but in comparison to dissection, lectures are relaxing!

We had a guest lecturer for an hour this morning. He’s a surgeon, and he showed us lots of pictures of different thoracic surgeries. It was so cool!

In the afternoon, we went along to the dissection hall wondering what we were going to be doing, since we had completed the thorax dissection yesterday!

Well, we entered the room, and my awesome table lecturer announced a wonderful group activity – spot test!

Of course, we weren’t too enthusiastic about that, but it actually turned out to be so much fun!

Each table was given 5 bits of string. We had to tie them around any 5 anatomical structures in the thorax. We then swopped with two other tables and answered their spot tests. After the time was up, we marked each other’s results.

Several tables were loudly celebrating their perfect results – 100%. Their celebrations were abruptly cut short, however, when the lecturer announced that a representative from each of those tables would be taking part in a “sudden death” contest.

I thought that that sounded quite dodgy, especially when taken in the context of a dissection hall! I mean, we’re surrounded by dead bodies, and then the lecturer announces sudden death?

I was relieved to find out that it was simply an elimination round – one wrong answer and you’re out of the contest!

This time, though, the subject was osteology! One of the other lecturers had a bag of bones in front of her, and she would haul out a random thorax bone. She then usually handed the bone to the apprehensive student and asked questions such as: “What is this?” or “Name and number of this bone?” or “What is the superior and inferior edge of this bone?” As most of the bones were single vertebrae and ribs, you can imagine that this got quite confusing! Most of the students got the answers wrong.

Meanwhile, the original uber-awesome lecturer was using a little hand-held video camera to record the excercise for posterity! I felt quite sorry for the 10 out of 10 students, who had to answer questions about random bones in front of the entire class, with a video camera being shoved in their faces!

After that, I came home and studied and ate supper and studied and studied and studied some more!

Tomorrow we start with the abdomen.

It’s quite crazy that we are done with the thorax already! It’s amazing how much you can fit into four days!


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