The just completed 3rd Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course was even better for the attendees than the previous Courses. The 2011 Course was a sellout for the first time even though there were double the number of cadavers provided to 15. It is a concern that accommodating the number or requests for attendance will become the immediate problem due to the objective of keeping high quality Dissection Room tutoring and the finite limits in the Anatomy Department.
The area of most significant improvement introduced in the 2011 Course was the hands on learning. This was as a result of the increased amount of dissection time for each attendee along with improvements in the quality of the dissection experience.
The 5 Dissection Sessions over the 2 days were all no less than 2 hours and importantly, only 2 participants shared each cadaver. This compares to 4 in the first Workshop. This led to extremely focused dissecting with each participant as well as the dissection tutors being in full concentration mode throughout the entirety of the sessions. The only session that did not run into overtime was the last when the attendees started to leave early from sheer exhaustion!
While the Course increased to 22 attendees for 2011, the sense of relaxed friendliness of a smaller group, so important for a good learning environment, was maintained. An informal Welcome Dinner at a nearby Restaurant where the attendees from overseas and interstate got to know the Faculty and each other ahead of time. The coffee barista in the back of the Seminar room was also appreciated.
This was the first Course without the leadership of our Course Co Founder Dr.Simon Bernard. However, he would have been pleased to see that the strong Faculty perpetuated the original vision for the Course. Associate Professor Mark Ashton has taken over the position of Course Director and is supported by the experienced Faculty including our Guest Faculty Professors Ian Taylor and Norm Eizenberg. The addition of Dr Peter Callan to the Faculty was appreciated.
With the increasing International participation and with some attendees from the first Courses planning to return next year, it is strongly suggested you register your interest early if you are hoping to learn in the 2012 Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course.