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ANATOMY UNIT

ANATOMY & THE DIVISION

Anatomy is the study of parts of the body and their relationship to one another. It is a way of trying to understand the setting in which all events of life occur. Although the primary concern of anatomy is structure, it is well acknowledged that true understanding results when structure and function are considered together. As such in the course of study, Anatomy is conventionally branched into Gross Anatomy; Histology and Embryology —all of which are taught via regional, systemic as well as applied approaches.
The Division of Anatomy is responsible for delivery of anatomy education to Medical and Allied Health Sciences students of the University of Malawi, College of Medicine. This includes MBBS, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science and Clinical Science programs. Housed within the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Division of Anatomy has adequate staff members, well-resourced laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. This creates a conducive environment for explorative learning.
Further, apart from satisfying teaching duties, the very experienced academic staff members of the Division are actively involved in research studies in various branches of anatomy, mainly through collaboration in local and international research fellowships.

THE ROLE OF ANATOMY EDUCATION

Anatomy, Histology and Embryology provide the foundation for medical and allied health sciences education. It teaches the structure of the human body, explains the anatomical basis of diseases and provides embryological explanation of congenital abnormalities. As an applied science, it mostly uses laboratory specimen (macroscopic & microscopic) to provide deep knowledge of the structural organization of the human body.
Following long standing revelations of significant variations in body structures across populations and ethnic groups, knowledge of anatomy provides convincing explanations to variations in disease prevalence across populations.

BIOCHEMISTRY UNIT

This Unit is responsible for teaching and research in biochemistry, molecular science, clinical chemistry and analytical methods relevant to medical practice

 

PHYSIOLOGY UNIT

Physiology is the study of the normal functioning of a living organism and its component parts, including all its chemical and physical processes.

At College of Medicine, the emphasis is on the normal functioning of the human body.

Physiology is one of the vital courses to study for anyone pursuing a career in health care.

AIMS OF STUDY OF PHYSIOLOGY PROGRAMS AT COM

To enable students to understand and relate structure and functions of the human body and to introduce them to the scientific basis of medical practice.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of basic physiological concepts and processes from the cellular to the level of the organism.

To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the functions of the organ systems

To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of regulation of the functions of the organ systems

To enable students to demonstrate and understanding between structure and function

COURSES/TOPICS TAUGHT IN PHYSIOLOGY

Introduction to Physiology, Excitable tissues

Digestive System

Renal System

Cardiovascular System

Blood

Respiratory System

Endocrine System

Nervous System

Reproductive System, Human growth and Development

Currently, the team delivers physiology courses to the following various student groups at COM:

  • 1st and 2nd year MBBS
  • 1st year Pharmacy
  • 1st year Medical Laboratory Technology
  • 1st year and 2nd year Physiotherapy
  • Bsc. Clinicals

 

Elsewhere, the team is involved in the teaching of:

  • Animal physiology to 3rd and 4th year Biology students at Chancellor College
  • Pathophysiology to 1st year MSc. In Midwifery students at Kamuzu College of Nursing
  • Teaching is delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided studies and practical laboratory work

UNIT STAFF LIST

The unit is made up of a team of dedicated staff which includes:

  • Mwapatsa Mipando, PhD Cardiovascular Physiologist, Senior Lecturer and Principal
  • Fanuel Lampiao, PhD Reproductive Physiologist, Associate Professor and Postgraduate Dean
  • Joseph Chisaka, MBBS, MPH, Assistant Lecturer
  • Kondwani Katundu, MBBS, MSc. Med. Nutrition, Lecturer
  • Mayeso Gwedela, BSc. Biology, Assistant Lecturer
  • Mike Nkhoma, MBBS, Assistant Lecturer and MBBS 1 Coordinator
  • Tuntufye Mwambyale, BSc. PT, Assistant Lecturer
  • Micheal Mbewe, Laboratory Technician

DEPARTMENTAL CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact person
Mrs. Mercy Chavula
College of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Physiology Section
P/Bag 360
Blantyre 3
Malawi
Telephone: +265 1871911 / 1874498 Email: chavura@medcol.mw / bms@medcol.mw

KEY DEPARTMENTAL RESEARCH INTERESTS

Staff of department of Physiology at COM are pursuing a diverse range of research interests in collaboration with colleagues from other departments in the University of Malawi. However, a major area of common research interests is the investigation of therapeutic potential of Malawian indigenous medicinal plants. Listed below represents a sampling of our major research areas.