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Rana Santra

Anatomy Lecturer and PBL facilitator, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workRoom 3010 Graduate Entry Medical (GEM) School, Derby.
    Derby Education Centre
    London Road Community Hospital
    London Road
    DE1 2QY
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I am a medical graduate (MBBS) from Calcutta University, India, and a post-graduate in Anatomy (MD) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. Although I started my career as a clinician and a surgeon (in the Surgery and Orthopaedics specialties), later I switched to academics due to personal reasons. I joined Nottingham University in 2009 as a PBL facilitator from University of Glasgow. Since then my role, duties, and responsibilities have changed a lot. At present, I work almost full time in the "Teaching & Learning family" at the Graduate Entry Medical (GEM) School in the Derby campus of Nottingham University as an Anatomy lecturer and a PBL facilitator.

My current job contract stipulates dual responsibilities in the GEM school, acting both as a PBL Facilitator and as an Anatomy lecturer to the postgraduate medical students of the GEM curriculum (A101) and the undergraduate students of the B.Sc. (MPT) course (B121). Moreover, I also teach Anatomy to the undergraduate MBChB Medical students (A100) of Nottingham University at the Medical School in Nottingham campus. Since last 8 years, I have also been responsible for the introductory Anatomy teaching sessions for the international students of Nottingham University (students from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, etc.). Moreover, I also take an active role in teaching Anatomy for the different courses, held at the undergraduate medical school in Nottingham. Last but not the least, I am also involved in teaching Clinical Anatomy to the CP1 & CP2 students, and the junior doctors from Nottingham University, sitting for MRCS examinations in the Surgery & Orthopaedics specialties.

Thus, since last 9 years, I have been teaching Anatomy efficiently and effectively in Nottingham University at both the Derby and Nottingham campuses.Teaching is my passion and Anatomy is my love. Being a clinically qualified medical doctor with immense experience in the Surgical and Orthopaedics specialties, I am fond of sharing my knowledge of Clinical Anatomy to the GEM & MBChB students. Both the under-graduate and post-graduate medical students of Nottingham University seem to love my Anatomy teaching sessions very much as it is evident from my consistently very high and impressive SET scores with encouraging comments and numerous "THANK YOU" cards, which I have been receiving from the various cohorts of students from different curricula (A100, A101, and B121).

As part of my role, apart from facilitating in all the PBL sessions of all the 9 modules, taught in the GEM course, I am massively involved in teaching Anatomy to the GEM1 & GEM2 students in all of their 9 modules (both in terms of delivering formal lectures as well as small-group teachings in the form of Anatomy workshops, tutorials, etc). I furthered my teaching career by gaining the Associate Teachers' Programme (ATP) qualification and becoming an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Apart from extensively teaching Anatomy in the GEM & B.Sc. (MPT) curricula, some of my other important and notable responsibilities in the GEM School are as follows:

  • I am a Clinical Skills OSCE Examiner in GEM1 & GEM2 Summative examinations.
  • I am the Module Convenor of the GEM Endocrine (A12E1G) Module.
  • I am responsible for setting & marking GEM & B.Sc. Summative and Formative examinations questions.
  • I perform as a Project Supervisor of the final year B.Sc. (MPT) project students.
  • I act as the "PBL Contributor and Clinical Lead" of the GEM Module - 4 (Limbs & Back Module).
  • I immensely contributed in introducing and implementing "Clinical Imaging" in Anatomy curriculum of the GEM course. I took active role in developing Clinical Radiology teaching resources for GEM curriculum.
  • I hugely contributed to the development of B.Sc. (MPT) curriculum by redesigning the Anatomy workshop booklets, developing the Anatomy teaching resources, and organising B.Sc. (MPT) Anatomy workshops.
  • I also contributed towards setting up of the Anatomy lab and preparing Anatomy curriculum in the new Medical School at Lincoln.

Expertise Summary

1) I worked as an Honorary Research Fellow and Demonstrator in Anatomy at University College London in 2007.

2) I worked as a Clinical Tutor & Demonstrator at the department of Anatomy in Glasgow University (2007 - 2009).

3) I was an Assistant Professor of Anatomy department in J.S.S. Medical College, Bangalore, India (2004 - 2005).

4) I was the Anatomy Clinical Tutor & a post-graduate Anatomy student in J.S.S. Medical College, India (2002 - 05).

5) I worked as a Registrar / Senior SHO in Surgery & Senior Registrar of Orthopaedics (later) at the departments of General Surgery & Orthopaedics in Sri Aurobindo Seva Kendra (SASK) Hospital, Kolkata, India (1999 - 2002).

6) I was a Resident Medical Officer (R.M.O.) in the Surgery department of Advanced Medicare & Research Institute (AMRI) Hospital, Kolkata, India (1998 - 1999).

7) I was the Resident Stipendiary House Medical Officer at the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department of M.R. Bangur Hospital, Kolkata, India (1997 - 1998).

8) I worked as a Resident Stipendiary House Medical Officer in the department of General Surgery of M.R. Bangur Hospital, Kolkata, India (1996 - 1997).

9) I worked as a Resident Stipendiary House Medical Officer in the department of Orthopaedics of M.R. Bangur Hospital, Kolkata, India (1995 - 1996).

10) After attaining my graduation degree in Medicine (MBBS), I completed my P.R.H.O. / Interneeship from Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital (CNMC&H), Kolkata, India (1994 - 1995).

Research Summary

I currently work in the "Teaching & Learning" Family in the GEM School of Nottingham University. So my present duties & responsibilities are not related to any research activities, although I… read more

Current Research

I currently work in the "Teaching & Learning" Family in the GEM School of Nottingham University. So my present duties & responsibilities are not related to any research activities, although I am interested in the research, related to the topics of Anatomy, and Medical Education. In future, if I get the the opportunity, I will try to be involved in the researches, concerned with these topics.

Past Research

My past publication: My scientific paper, called "Incidence of Foot Arch Abnormalities", was published in the Annual Journal of the Anatomical Society of India in July 2004. I presented my scientific paper in the Golden Jubilee Anatomy National Conference, organised by the Anatomical Society of India at M.R. Medical College, Karnataka, India in December, 2003.

My past research thesis is called, "FOOT PRINT ANALYSIS AND ITS CORRELATION FOR VARIATIONS IN ARCHES OF THE FOOT". I submitted my research thesis to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India in September, 2004 in partial fulfillment of the regulations for my award of Doctor of Medicine Degree in Anatomy.

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