Anatomy Curriculum for Endocrinology and Reproductive Systems

The following document outlines the details of Objectives of Anatomy contents to be taught during Endocrinology and Reproductive System Block/Unit/Course in undergraduate medical sciences (MBBS) program. 

Block/Unit/Course: Endocrinology and Reproductive Systems


Endocrine glands
Male reproductive organs
Female reproductive organs
Pelvis and Pelvic diaphragm
Perineum and External Genitalia


At the end of the block/unit/course, students should be able to:

  1. List the developmental sources of different endocrine organs/glands and explain the developmental basis for various congenital anomalies. 
  2. Describe the gross features, arterial supply and venous drainage of thyroid gland. (Significance of its relation with laryngeal nerve)
  3. Describe the location and features of parathyroid glands.
  4. Describe the gross features of pituitary gland.
  5. Describe the gross features of suprarenal gland.
  6. Explain and identify the microscopic structure of endocrine glands/organs.
  7. Describe the features of bony pelvis, pelvic inlet and pelvic outlet.
  8. Explain the sex differences in bony pelvis between male and female.
  9. Name the muscles of pelvic floor and discuss its functional significance.
  10. Relate the developmental process of male and female reproductive organs with various anomalies.
  11. Relate the developmental process of external genitalia in male and female with various anomalies.
  12. Female reproductive organs.
    1. Describe the position and gross features of the ovary, uterine tubes, uterus (including supports of uterus), cervix and vagina and their anatomical relationships, including any peritoneal coverings.
    2. Describe the gross anatomy of breast, its blood supply and lymphatic drainage.
    3. Identify and describe the histological features of ovary, uterine tube, uterus, vagina and breast.
  1. Male reproductive organs.
    1. Describe the gross anatomy of testis and epididymis.
    2. Explain the significance of their arterial supply in relation to torsion, their venous drainage in relation to varicocoele and their lymphatic drainage in relation to tumour spread.
    3. Describe the course of the spermatic cord and vas deferens.
    4. Describe the anatomy of the prostate gland, seminal vesicles and their anatomical relations.
    5. Describe the changes in prostate gland with age.
    6. Describe and identify the histological features of testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicle and prostate gland.
  1. Discuss the features of perineum including male and female external genitalia.
  2. Describe the boundary and contents of ischiorectal fossa and its applied importance.
  3. Identify the radiological feature of female reproductive system on standard diagnostic images.
You can find compiled curriculum at Undergraduate Anatomy Curriculum.