On 10 July, Voronezh State University held an opening ceremony of the Anatomy Museum. It was established in accordance with the decision of the university's Academic Council at the premises of the Human and Animal Physiology Department of the Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences in 2015.
The VSU Anatomy Museum is the only platform in the Central Black Earth Region to offer opportunities for training specialists in morphological and clinical subjects based on modern environmentally-friendly and convenient methodology.
– It has taken years of preparation to achieve this. The regional authorities, the academic community, and the VSU staff in particular, share an understanding of the fact that the medical education which our university used to offer has to be resumed at a higher level in order to satisfy the demands of the region. We have recently obtained licences for three courses in the medical sphere – Medical Biochemistry, Medical Biophysics, and Medical Cybernetics. Today we are opening a unique Anatomy Museum, and this is a huge breakthrough for the education in the region. This museum is to offer a well-developed infrastructure for the future Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. It must be noted that the idea of establishing this faculty has already been approved by the regional authorities, said VSU Rector Dmitriy Endovitskyy in his welcome address.
Nickolay Chevardov, Head of the Voronezh Cancer Detection Centre, stressed the importance of the new Anatomy Museum for the education and healthcare in the Voronezh Region.
After the opening speeches, the participants went on to the official ceremony of cutting the ribbon.
– The preparations exhibited in the museum are exact copies of organs and tissues. Apart from the preparations which enable one to study neuromuscular tissues and bones, we have cross saw cuts spaced at intervals of 2 centimetres allowing to examine the position of body organs. This is particularly essential for topological anatomy, as it will give the doctors-to-be an opportunity to better understand the location of organs. We are also certain that it will be of much use to school students. Before they enter the university to study medicine, they need to try learning on real preparations in order to understand whether they are at all interested in that. Besides, we are planning to organize lectures and practical classes at the museum's premises, said Vasiliy Popov, Vice Rector for Research and Informatisation.
All the preparations in our Anatomy Museum (a total of over 200 preparations in general anatomy and anatomical pathology, as well as operative surgery) are unique. They are natural anatomical demonstration aids made using the Russian method of polymeric embalming. This method provides a new level of educational and scientific services, ensuring a convenient, safe (without the smell of formaldehyde) and informative way of studying the morphology of the human body, its organs and systems.
Moreover, apart from the Anatomy Museum, the fourth building of Voronezh State University houses a virtual (simulation) training diagnostic and treatment centre. In order to ensure the high quality of theoretical and practical training of future medical specialists in clinical subjects, the centre will use new multimedia education technologies based on training simulators, computer models and manikins. Contemporary simulation technologies are applied in all areas of medical practice and are aimed at developing basic knowledge and skills, teaching the students an ability to make situational decisions related to diagnostics and a doctor's practical activities.
The Anatomy Museum and the virtual (simulation) training diagnostic and treatment centre are to become a training facility for the soon-to-be-reorganized Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences. It is going to be converted to the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, which will offer academic programmes in fundamental medicine within the framework of the licensed courses in medicine.