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February 18, 2011

Karolinska Institutet pays visit to Warwick Medical School

Visitors from Karolinska Institutet with WMS staff

We want to offer a warm welcome to visitors from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet who are visiting Warwick Medical School today.

Karolinska are currently reviewing their MB ChB undergraduate curriculum. WMS’ reputation for providing internationally respected medical teaching on its MB ChB course has resulted in an opportunity to share how we manage our programme, including insight into how we manage clinical placements, education supervision, assessment and selection, and curriculum design.

Visiting guests include Professor Sari Ponzer, Dean, Higher Education, and Anna-Lena Paulsson, Head of the International Relations Unit. Their itinerary includes a visit to Warwick Hospital to see students at work in their clinical placements.

To find out more about Karolinska Institutet, see their English language website


February 11, 2011

A lesson from the heart

plastinated heart

Heart-shaped chocolates, cushions and all manner of lovey-dovey gifts are adorning the shelves in readiness for Valentine’s Day. But for some would-be doctors at Warwick Medical School, they are about to get their hands on the real thing – a human heart.

The students get to see a real human heart which has been ‘plastinated’ or expertly treated to preserve every tiny vein and valve to become a valuable teaching resource as part of their clinical anatomy training.

Peter Abrahams, Professor of Clinical Anatomy, explained: “This plastinated heart is the next best thing to examining a living organ. Students can handle and study it to understand how the valves and muscles work and is a tremendous aid for their learning.”

The heart is one of a number of specimens the Medical School has. Others include a complete arm from shoulder to hand and a thorax including lungs and rib cage.

“The lecture room is always full when it’s time to study the plastinated specimens,” he added.

Take a look at one of Professor Abrahams' videos


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