At the Second Faculty of Medicine, education of anatomy is very practical run by anatomy faculty members (assistant and associate professors and professors). Each week, students work with anatomical specimen and two dissection courses occur during the year. In order to allow students to benefit from working with anatomical specimen, students work in small groups. Each class, which consists of two groups, is divided into 3–4 smaller groups, each small group led by one lecturer (either an upper year medical student or a doctor). This form of organization requires some help and classroom assistance, this activity is open as an opportunity for senior students to participate as demonstrators and lecturers. Students from the third year of medicine, who have worked in the previous year as demonstrators are eligible to apply for the position of a class lecturer.
Students may apply to be demonstrators from the second year of studies after successfully passing the final examination of anatomy. All applicants must take a written test before being selected to become a demonstrator. The test consists of a series of questions and pictures based on the curriculum of the dissection course. The selected applicants will have the responsibilities of assisting in teaching and dissecting the cadavers during the dissection course. The first four days of the dissection course are focused on education and dissection. The fifth day consists of examinations of the first year medical students.
Demonstrators are required to assist the students and help dissect cadavers during the winter and summer dissection courses. Their work is not financially rewarded, but it does have a large range advantages. Demonstrators have the chance to review, extend and deepen their knowledge of anatomy, learn from lecturers and employees of the anatomy department and develop their dissection skill, essential for those interested in future careers in surgical fields.
Confirmation of work and interest in becoming a demonstrator
Any demonstrator, who has worked for a minimal of 8 days, is entitled to request a letter of confirmation of their work from the head of the department, prof. David Kachlík or the supervising faculty member. Students wishing to become demonstrators or lecturers should write to MUDr. Azzat Al-Redouan or MUDr. Martin Salaj.
Students in the third and higher years who have worked as demonstrators for at least eight days during the dissection courses may apply to become lecturers. Further requirements for becoming lecturers are excellent evaluation from student feedback from the dissection courses and recommendation from the supervising anatomy faculty members.
Lecturers are financially rewarded for their work. The money they received is based on the number of years they have worked and whether they are a student or a doctor. They must sign a contract before receiving this money. Each lecturer is assigned to assist one of the anatomy faculty members in the practical class (consisted of two groups of students) and demonstrate in the practical classes of anatomy as guided, which takes place each week during the academic year. If a lecturer cannot attend a class, he/she must inform the supervising main teacher as soon as possible. If a lecturer knows that he/she cannot attend a class at least few days before hand (e.g. has an examination that day, or a night duty), he/she is expected to find a suitable substitute lecturer. The financial reward of the lecturer is reduced according to the number of absences the lecturer obtains during the semester. More than two absences and/or failure to deliver the expected assistance may result in the termination of the contract. The class main supervising teacher controls the presence of the lecturers at the beginning of each practical class.
Responsibilities of the lecturers include educational assistance and help with examination of students during practical classes and, if needed, marking written tests. During the dissection courses, lecturers assist in guiding first year students, actively help with the dissection of the cadavers, instruct demonstrators on what to do based on the general organization and main supervising teacher guidance. Some lecturers may also be asked to help run the examinations process at the end of the dissection course.
Confirmation of work as a lecturer
All lecturers are eligible for obtaining confirmation of their work and/or recommendation letters (as may be required for job applications or applying for an internship). For such a letter, please contact prof. David Kachlík or the supervising faculty member. For applying for the post of a lecturer, please contact MUDr. Azzat Al-Redouan or MUDr. Martin Salaj.