QUESTION: WHAT DO ANATOMISTS DO?
ANSWER: Anatomists deal with the form and the structure of the human body and its relevance to the functions of the body.
QUESTION: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN ANATOMIST?
ANSWER: At the secondary school level, you need to be a science student and offer courses like Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and have credits in them at the SSCE. Different universities however have their individual JAMB cut-off scores. This means different universities determine the cut-off point for admission into their institution. Now, you also have to pass the newly introduced post-JAMB examination of the University:
QUESTION: HOW MANY YEARS ARE NEEDED TO STUDY ANATOMY INTHE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: 4years. The first year is used to study Basic Medical Sciences and the remaining 3years are used to study Human Anatomy.
QUESTION: AFTER GRADUATION, WHAT NEXT?
ANSWER: You are expected to undergo the one year National Youth Service.
QUESTION: WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION PATH CAN BE TAKEN AS AN ANATOMIST?
ANSWER: You could do a basic academic Masters course in Anatomy, do your doctorate and become a Professor. You may also deviate into Public Health or decide to study related courses like Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.
QUESTION: WHAT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR ANATOMISTS?
ANSWER: You could decide to become an Academic by doing your Postgraduate. This is the basic prospect in Nigeria. You could also work in a hospital environment as a Laboratory Technologist or open an embalming centre (though not Islamic) for preserving corpses before burial.
QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN THE PROFESSION?
ANSWER: In Nigeria, the basic challenge is difficulty in getting a job outside academics. Also, other courses train people to be Lab. technologists thus, Anatomists do not get such jobs so, they are restricted.
QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG ONES?
ANSWER: For those who want to study Anatomy, see it as what you want to succeed in even if you are given admission for Anatomy instead of Medicine because you will be the one to train the Doctors. With hard work and AlIaah on your side, your efforts will surely be crowned with success.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited