On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the first ReachHigher edition of the new year took place – this time with Dr. Dirk Jentschura. In his lecture entitled “Why we should master anatomy”, he introduced the participants of the event, including Assoc. Prof. Lorand Denes, who teaches anatomy at UMCH, to the practical aspects of his work as a surgeon.
At the beginning of the event, the former Chief Physician of the UMCH teaching hospital Deaconess Foundation Hospital Speyer drew comparisons between medical professionals who are not familiar with anatomy and mechanics who do not know how an engine works. According to Dr. Jentschura, such doctors would simply not be consulted in case of problems. Knowledge of human anatomy is just as necessary for understanding the course of a disease as it is for many other areas – for example, for the correct performance of CT scans and ultrasound. And although in-depth expertise in this area is most in demand in surgical professions, some basic knowledge in any specialty is imperative, he said. The ReachHigher speaker therefore lectured on the topics of thyroid and parathyroid glands, gallbladder, stomach and the rectum. Using these internal body parts as well as videos showing surgical interventions based on probe images, he impressively illustrated the importance of teaching the internal structure of the human organism.
As always, the lecture was followed by a Q&A session in which the participants were given the opportunity to ask questions. Among other things, Dr. Jentschura gave tips on how the students and prospective students present can best prepare themselves for the practical application of the material learned in anatomy class.