At the Second Faculty of Medicine, education of anatomy is very practical. 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). 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 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 teach 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 for a letter of confirmation of their work from the head of the department, prof. David Kachlík. Students wishing to become demonstrators or lecturers should write to 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 lecturers and class teachers.
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 one class (consisted of two groups of students) and teaches in the practical classes of anatomy, which take place each week during the academic year. If a lecturer cannot attend a class, he/she must inform the class 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 may result in the termination of the contract. The class teacher controls the presence of the lecturers at the beginning of each practical class.
Responsibilities of the lecturers include education and examination of students during practical classes and, if need be, marking written tests. During the dissection courses, lecturers teach first year students, actively help with the dissection of the cadavers, instruct demonstrators on what to do and help with the general organisation. Some lecturers may also be required to help run the examinations 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. For applying for the post of a lecturer, please contact MUDr. Martin Salaj.