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The Department of Anatomy was established in 2011 together with the Departments of Physiology and Biochemistry as one of the earliest basic medical sciences departments in the Faculty of Medicine & Defense Health of the National Defense University of Malaysia (UPNM).

Objectives of the programme:

The programme is aimed at producing military doctors who would be trained and instructed not only in the usual field of medicine but also in health matters occured in severe ammunition-related combats and war casualty conditions. These are all familiar scenarios for the armed forces. Hence, the aim is towards an MD degree with an expertise in Defence Health too.

The University had recruited both the senior and junior Academic Staff along with the supporting staff required in maintaining the dry laboratories for Histology, the wet laboratories needed for Dissection of cadavers and, demonstration of wet specimens and embalming and preservation of wet teaching materials. As a teaching department, it has been provided and equipped with state of the art projection, display and audio-visual equipment in the lecture theatre and a ceiling attached 360’ ‘panning’ record and projection camera with huge monitors for the convenience and effortless viewing of the demonstrations for students in the dissection room. The room itself is air-conditioned, well ventilated and well lighted. The embalmed and wet specimens have been imported from Germany and the Philippines so as to enable students to proceed with the dissection which is essential for all medical students.

For self-study during the Self-Directed-Learning (SDL) periods, a museum has been provided with plastinated and authentically painted and coloured genuine human dissected bodies, imported from Germany, which have been displayed in glass cabinets illuminated with appropriate small arc lamps. Natural-coloured plastic models are also displayed alongside genuine plastinated and colored dissected human bodies. Huge charts and explanatory posters are also available not only in the dissection room and museum but also in the library. During SDL periods wet specimens are available and can be requested from the laboratory attendants in order to provide quality and better learning time for the students.

With regards to the teaching of the subjects of Anatomy, the usual sensible method of integration and Applied Anatomy is used; in the instruction of every system, the lecture usually commences with a brief resume of relevant Embryology and then proceeds to the Gross Anatomy under discussion, and is integrated with the Microscopic Anatomy of this system. The lecture is always concluded with Applied or Surgical Anatomy to make each lecture understood, appreciated and be added with a sprinkling of Early Clinical Exposure (ECE). Usually the Anatomy lectures are followed by demonstration and dissection of the cadavers in the same afternoon which is an ideal method of instruction of this complicated subject and is done while the memory of the key points from the lecture is still fresh in the mind of the students.

Scattered within the week, small group discussions (SGD) are also held in the form of Question-based discussions or (PBL) where a few relevant questions are fielded to test the student’s method of reasoning and clinical acumen based on the lectures in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry that have already been given. Thus, various forms and methods of instructions are employed to keep up with the updated and modern trend of teaching utilised in other universities all over the world in order to maintain the standards of graduates not only by updating their knowledge of the medical subjects but also by ensuring that they are at par with other medical students of other colleges if not of the world.

Contact information:
Anatomy Unit
Fakulti Perubatan dan Kesihatan Pertahanan
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia
Kem Sungai Besi
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-90513400 ext 1203
Fax: +603 9051 3042
E-mail: hla_khine2002@yahoo.co.uk

Head of Unit
Prof Dr Jalaluddin Bin Din Mohammed
Tel: +603-90513400 ext 1203
E-mail: hla_khine2002@yahoo.co.uk

Assoc Prof Dr Dr GM Kibria
Tel: +603-90513400 ext 1018
E-mail: kibria@upnm.edu.my

Last Updated: 24 April 2012