Department of Anatomy

"A field however fertile, cannot be fruitful without cultivation, and neither can a mind without learning"

Keeping abreast of improvements to the medical curriculum, Anatomy is now taught in a manner that makes it clinically relevant and facilitates integration with other disciplines. Subcomponents of the discipline include gross anatomy, embryology and histology which are covered in a manner that not only provides sufficient scientific foundation but also makes them functionally relevant and of clinical significance. The Department of Anatomy at PKDIMS teaches Anatomy to MBBS students in their first year, with teaching consisting of lectures plus practical classes in the anatomy dissection hall and histology laboratory. Year one medical students receive the most comprehensive exposure to Human Anatomy over two semesters through lectures, small group discussions and supervised practical classes that provide dissection of cadaveric material (for study of gross anatomy) as well as microscope slides for the study of histology. The study of clinical cases makes the study of Anatomy highly contextual. State of the art museum resources together with multimedia provide opportunities for references as well as self-directed learning.

We at department of Anatomy, PKDIMS plan to lay the foundations for a new approach to learning Anatomy by making this difficult subject engaging, stimulating and fun, and by helping students to be pro-active learners. Our role as Anatomy teachers isnot to teach students anatomical facts, but rather to teach them the learning skills that will serve them throughout their student and professional lives. We hope to increase their cognitive learning skills and make them more self-directed in their learning.

By experimenting with the new perspectives on traditional methods of teaching anatomy, we hope to provide a much more engaging, motivating, inspiring and enjoyable environment for student learning. When used in conjunction with traditional dissection, these innovative approaches appear to provide motivation that leads to deeper learning.


The broad goal of teaching of undergraduate students in Anatomy aims at providing a comprehensive knowledge of the gross and microscopic structure and development of human body, which will serve as a basis for understanding the clinical correlation of organs or structures involved and the anatomical basis for the disease presentations


At the end of the course the students shall be able to:

(A) Knowledge

a) Comprehend the normal disposition, clinically relevant interrelationships, and functional and cross sectional anatomy of the various structures in the body.

b) Identify the microscopic structure and correlate elementary ultra-structure of various organs and tissues and correlate the structure with the functions as a prerequisite for understanding the altered state in various disease processes.

c) Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles and sequential development of the organs and systems; recognize the critical stages of development and the effects of commonteratogens, genetic mutations and environmental hazards. He /She shall able to explain the developmental basis of the major variations and abnormalities.

(B) Skills

At the end of the course the student shall be able to:
(a) Identify and locate all the structures of the body and mark the topography of the living anatomy
(b) Identify the various organs and tissues under the microscope
(c) State the principles of Karyotyping and identify the gross congenital anomalies.
(d) State principles of newer imaging techniques and interpretation of Ultrasonography, CT, MRI etc.
(e) State clinical basis of some common clinical procedures i.e. intramuscular and
intravenous injection, lumbar puncture, pleural tap and liver biopsy etc.

(C) Integration

By integrated teaching with other Preclinical,Paraclinical and clinicalsubjects students shall be able to comprehend the regulation and integration of the functions of the organs and systems in the body and thus interpret the anatomical basis of disease process.


Faculty Development Programmes are regularly offered in the department of Anatomy to:
(1)Sensitize teachers about new concepts in teaching and assessment methods
(2)Develop knowledge and clinical skills required for performing the role of competent and effective teacher, administrator, researcher and mentor
(3)Update knowledge using modern information and research methodology tools.


Achieve academic excellence through outstanding teaching programs, efficient administration and quality research

Nurture a conducive and safe environment, including the use of IT, for the training of staff and students

Aim towards an effective administration by increasing the efficiency of the department's organizational processes

Tap expertise outside the department (Multidisciplinary and Programmatic Research)

Optimization of limited resources

More of 'we' and less of 'me' - to instil the spirit of teamwork for greater synergy

Yield-work smart through shared vision, realistic goals and continual self-assessment to achieve greater heights