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Dr William Hull
PhD in Renal Medicine from Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (2017)
Currently studying medicine at the University of Birmingham and previous research placements at A&E departments within London.
I am a huge fan of anatomy because it is integral to our understanding of illness. How can we be expected to understand when something has gone wrong with a patient if we do not know what is normal? Throughout history people have wanted to explore and understand what makes us tick, to be practicing medicine here in the 21st century when we have such a good understanding of anatomy makes us very lucky to be at the cutting edge. One of the greatest advances in medicine within the last 50 years has been imaging, now that we can have such detailed images of a living human's anatomy, we can overlay the cumulative understanding of anatomy over the centuries to make realtime interventions to improve patients care. We are the custodians of all this knowledge and it is our duty to utilise it well and share this for the good of all.
The VIVIT experience is pretty unique and I only wish something like that had been around when I was developing my interest in anatomy. To get hands on and in depth with specimens is a great experience, combine this with access to anatomists who really love sharing anatomy with you means that not only can it be interesting and enjoyable but also can help develop knowledge and interest in this fascinating subject. The fact that the VIVIT experience tours mean that it's not just for the lucky few who live near it or make the pilgrimage to come and see it like so many museums, it is truly accessible to anyone, not just in terms of geography but also any level of anatomical interest so its tailored to you, the audience member!
BSc (Hons) Microbiology (1st)
1) Infectious Disease- Despite the grisliness, my clinical specialty is in Infectious Diseases! Four years of training as a Microbiologist allowed me to develop new vaccines for Rotavirus, an extremely infectious virus that can cause fatal diarrhoeal disease. I also won the Royal Microbiology Society award to develop a new test to detect Listeria, a dangerous bacteria which can cause meningitis in babies and sepsis in adults!
2) Cardiology- With my background in research, I was asked to help develop new cardiovascular medications for a condition called Atrial Fibrillation. This is a condition which normally effects the elderly and involves the heart not beating properly. With these new medications, we've reduced the rate of strokes in these patients by over 25%!
In my mind, the human body is like a big machine and anatomy is the blueprint. In order to work, the human body needs lots of little parts and these all need to be functioning properly. If a part goes wrong, then the machine doesn't run as well or breaks completely. In medicine, we treat those bad parts in the hope of getting the machine running again. However, we need to understand the blueprint in order to do that! This is the reason why I'm so passionate about anatomy, because it forms the basis for everything we do in medicine!
The VIVIT Experience is a fantastic blend of anatomy and entertainment. As a presenter, I love watching the audience become engrossed in the mystery surrounding the untimely demise of our patient Jon Doe. It delivers a brilliant whistle stop tour of the anatomy of the human body, all within the context of a post mortem. For me, the best part is teaching our audiences about the anatomy of the gut using our live specimens. Despite the smell, it's great to see peoples faces light up as you explain the anatomy and the basis behind various diseases of the gut!
Dr Alice Gwyn-Jones
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery MBChB,
Medical Biochemistry BSc
Specialisms - Interest in emergency medicine, pre hospital medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care, dive medicine
Other clinical experience - currently working as a junior doctor in Anaesthetics and intensive care. Volunteer as a community first responder, attending ambulance calls in my local area.
Anatomy is fundamental to clinical practice and I see this more and more everyday, especially in my current job on anaesthetics. Knowing the anatomy of the Airways to ventilate patients correctly and nerves to allow adequate pain relief through nerve blocks. Anatomy underpins every task in medicine and surgery and therefore having an understanding of not only the structures but why that is relevant is imperative.
I feel the VIVIT experience is an incredible way to learn. It mashes together the underlying anatomy with the clinical context. When I first started to study anatomy I had no bearing on why certain anatomical detail was so important to know. It wasn't until years later that I realise the relevance of anatomy. Merging the clinical side of anatomy with the text book learning would have made the whole process of studying anatomy a lot easier and more relevant for me. This is what the VIVIT experience aims to do, give clinical context to the anatomy and that's why I feel it's such a valuable experience for anyone studying for or in a healthcare profession.