World Anatomy Day – Public Debate

Do we still need dissections to teach anatomy to Medical Students?

The 15th of October marks the World Anatomy Day, celebrating the founder of modern human anatomy, Andreas Vesalius who died on this day in 1564. The observations Vesalius made overturned misconceptions in anatomy that had prevailed for centuries.

As part of the celebrations of this year’s World Anatomy Day, the three Southern Australian universities – Flinders Uni, Uni SA and Adelaide Uni, are organising a public debate on the role of dissections in anatomy education to medical students.

Anatomy, taught primarily through dissections, has traditionally been one of the key pre-clinical subjects in medical programs. In recent decades, both medical and anatomy education changed considerably with dissections being replaced by alternative ways of teaching at many universities across the globe. The implications of this change in anatomy delivery are still being debated.

In the “Anatomy Day” debate, Adelaide anatomists will discuss the value of dissections as an approach to anatomy education in medical programs.

The debate will follow the Oxford tradition where there will be two groups of opposing speakers, the “Yes we do” house and the “No we do not” house.

All attendees will have an opportunity to vote for one of the houses, both before and after the debate.

Master of Ceremony: Dušan Matušica, Flinders University

House “Yes we do”:

  • Jaliya Kumaratilake, University of Adelaide
  • Philip Makar, University of South Australia
  • Arjun Burakoti, University of South Australia

House “No we do not”:


Date: Thursday, 13 October 2022

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ACDT

Where: Health Sciences Lecture Theatre 1.01, Health Sciences Building Flinders Drive Bedford Park, SA 5042

Parking: Free parking is available at Flinders University Bedford Park Campus from 5pm.

Register here

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