Career in Anatomy


Anatomy is the study of the physical structure of organisms, the branch of science that deals with the study of the bodily structure of human, animals and other living organisms. An anatomist is concerned with the shape, size, structure, position, and innervations of an organ of living organisms such as human, animal, and plants. The Anatomist is an expert on dissection techniques, gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, and histology. He is highly knowledgeable about the organization and function of the various bodily parts, organs, and tissues. He has studied the internal structure of different creatures and is familiar with the various evolutionary adaptations. Anatomy is often used to complement a biomedical skill. True, you cannot become a specialist and a physician in this medical field unless you have a thorough understanding of the anatomy field first. If you want to research the anatomy of mammals, this field line is called zootomy, and if you want to study the anatomy of plants, this field line is called phytotomy.

Work Environment

The majority of anatomists serve in institutions, hospitals, or medical centres. Typically, they educate and conduct research. They assist with the training of scientists, as well as medical doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health-care professionals. Some work with government organisations, and others work for medical and science publishing companies. Others work with private businesses, such as those that make artificial organ and limbs

Nature of work

  • Anatomists develop artificial organs
  • Teach in medical institutes
  • Do research on the topic of structure of organisms
  • Help in the fields of general/plastic surgery, medicine, physiology, space medicine, environmental health and pathology
  • Study tissue sample to determine various anatomical properties
  • Familiarises with the evolutionary adaptations

Scope of anatomy

Whether you choose to be an allopathic doctor, a homoeopathic doctor, a holistic doctor, or a pharmacist surgeon in today’s world, it’s important that you study anatomy thoroughly. In Pakistan, anatomy has a wide range of applications in a variety of areas. Anatomy is necessary expertise for a medical practitioner. However, despite thorough study on Anatomy and its branches by a number of leading scientists, we still only have 50% of the information on this area. Anatomists have a lot of job opportunities in Pakistan

Job market

You can comfortably find work in both the public and private sectors of Pakistan for a good salary. It provides you with a plethora of job opportunities such as being a

  • applied researcher
  • biological technician
  • lecturer in any of the medical and homeopathic and herbal colleges and institutions
  • medical journalist
  • academic book writer
  • laboratory based jobs
  • speech and language therapy areas
  • paramedical institutes
  • pharmacy colleges
  • nursing colleges

How to become an anatomist

To specialize in the study of anatomy it is required to have an MD/MS degree in Anatomy. The eligibility criterion for it is sixteen years of education in the relevant discipline being a MBBS/BDS or equivalent duly recognized by the concerned regulatory authority.

Best universities offering anatomy

  • University Of Health Sciences
  • National University Of Medical Sciences
  • Army Medical College / Cmh
  • King Edward Medical University / Mio Hospital
  • Dow University Of Health Sciences
  • Khyber Medical University
  • Peoples University Of Medical And Health Sciences For Women

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Qualities needed for being an anatomist

  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  •  confident technologies and systems/processes
  • ability to collaborate as part of a team as well as under your own initiative
  • a clear understanding of anatomy to be able to recognise a broad variety of frequently found pathology
  • the ability to pay close attention to detail and deliver highly detailed work even while under pressure
  • have a good knowledge of health and safety, including infection prevention, manual handling, and risk assessment
  • be mindful of the variety of religious and cultural concerns surrounding death and respond accordingly

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