On December 8, 2022, an edition of the ReachHigher lecture series featuring Hon.-Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Jentschura took place at the UMFST-UMCH Campus in Hamburg. In the event entitled “Why it is important to learn anatomy from minute 1”, the former Chief Physician of the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery of the UMFST-UMCH Teaching Hospital Deaconess Foundation Hospital Speyer used practical examples to convey the importance of learning anatomical structures for the medical profession.
First, Hon.-Prof. Jentschura emphasized how important a sound knowledge of the human anatomy is for all specialties. After a brief outline of the history of surgical interventions from antiquity to the present, he began explaining various types of sewing material used to join tissues. These serve different purposes, depending on their specific properties. Among other factors, the result of a surgery also depends on whether the threads are self-dissolving or not. There are also major differences in the needles used in surgery, according to Jentschura. On the basis of these and other detailed explanations on the performance of surgical interventions, Hon.-Prof. Jentschura illustrated the theory taught by means of a number of videos – for example of an anastomosis of the colon.