University of Wales SwanseaSwansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe

I am a lecturer at the College of Medicine at Swansea University in South Wales, and I teach anatomy and embryology to our graduate entry medical students.

On this page I will provide learning materials to the students of the course. For copyright reasons I cannot share my lecture presentations or handouts here, but these may be available on the Swansea University Blackboard system. Most of the material on this page will also be available on Blackboard.

YouTube videos

There's a whole playlist full (and continuing to fill) with anatomy teaching videos. Take a look.

Blog articles

You can find the archive of medicine relevant blog articles with these links (some articles may appear in both categories):


Circle of Willis.
Circle of Willis

The skull.
The skull

The hand.
The hand

Cranial nerve map.
Cranial nerves map

Spotter Questions:

GI tract & musculoskeletal.

Thorax & pelvis.

Head & neck.

Anatomy & Embryology Twitterwall (#anatsw)

Take a look at our twitterwall for anatomy and embryology questions. Use the hashtag #anatsw to contribute, ask questions, answer questions, feedback, comment, or anything else you can think of (but be nice!) If you don't want to contribute that's fine too!

Google+ (for Swansea students)

I have a closed Circle on Google+ for Swansea students. In there I'm putting example questions and making places for you to ask me questions that we may not have time for in lectures. I'd like you to get involved, throw up some answers and comments.

Hit this link log in to Google+ and request an add to the Circle if you're a Swansea medicine student.

Online resources

The Swansea Radiology Teaching website is a growing resource of radiological films, cases of the week, and teaching modules.

University of Wisconsin Medical School Anatomy Teaching Resources - a collection of streaming videos of human dissection, many up to 25 minutes long, a useful collection of annotated histology slides, and a number of interactive neuroscience tutorials and videos. An excellent resource recommended to me by Mr Heikke Whittet. is an online course in embryology for medicine students developed by the universities of Fribourg, Lausanne and Bern (Switzerland) with the support of the Swiss Virtual Campus. This is a really nice, informative resource, pointed out to me by Bas Tindall.

Genes and Disease is almost an online textbook, holding a compilation of articles briefly describing an array of genetic disorders. I particularly approve because it is also offered in a PDA format.

The Visible Human Project is a definitive anatomy resource. Two cadavers (one male, one female) sectioned at 1mm or less horizontal intervals through their entire length and imaged, plus radiological images, all digitised. This is a resource for developers, but products and resources based upon this project are linked to from the website. See also

Developmental Biology, 6th edition, by Scott F. Gilbert - available from the NCBI Bookshelf this textbook has more information than the typical medical student needs, but is searchable, relevant and full of interesting information.

Arnold's Glossary of Anatomy - the language of anatomy is derived from Latin and Greek, because those were the languages of many of the originators of the science. If you understand where some of the terms come from, it becomes easier to reocgnise new words. This resource is both useful and interesting, and is provided by the University of Sydney. is a comprehensive compilation of online teaching resources for medical imaging. Huge.

Instant Anatomy has a lot of information prepared specifically for the website. It is the creation of Robert Whitaker, an anatomy teacher and uroogical surgeon. They now have a weekly podcast too.

The Student BMJ's Anatomy Web Links. There are more links to online anatomy learning resources on the Student BMJ, compiled by a fifth year medical student.

Recommend an online anatomy or human development resource.

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