Dr Sally Freeman and Dr Bip Choudhury teach degree students here at the University of Manchester all about the body and medicines . This module has lots of fun facts, games and quizzes to help you learn too. Topics include the body, medicines, drugs and how doctors and pharmacists diagnose and treat illnesses.
Hi, I’m Dr Sally Freeman
I am a lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Manchester which means that I teach pharmacy students about how medicines are discovered, what they are, how they are made and how they can cure disease. I also do drug discovery research into treatment of diseases, including cancer.
When I was at primary school I used to think that pharmacists (also confusingly called chemists) were simply shop assistants and would have the same training as someone that sells you some eggs or strawberries! I now know that pharmacists study for 5 years to develop the necessary skills to advise you on your health.
I hope you have fun finding out more about medicines and how important they are.
Hello. My name is Dr. Bipasha Choudhury
I am a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health, here at The University of Manchester. This means I teach our students all about the human body. I used to work in hospitals as a doctor looking after poorly patients. I use the knowledge I learned there to teach our students why anatomy is so important and also fun!
We are very lucky to have a dissecting room where cadavers (dead bodies) are kept under strict rules and regulations. In this way, our students can explore and learn about anatomy first hand. We have many plastic models also to help our students learn.
I hope you will enjoy and have fun learning all about the human body and why anatomy is so important for everybody to understand.
Pharmacy as a career…
If you studied pharmacy at university you would become a pharmacist. Pharmacists are the experts in medicines who sometimes advise GPs or the hospital doctor on the correct treatment for a patient. On the high street, retail pharmacies or ‘chemists’, exchange a prescription from the doctor for the required medicine.
Pharmacists also advise the public on how to treat minor problems, for example veruccas and head lice. They also encourage people to live healthily, for example they can advise people how to stop smoking and advise why it is important to eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
If you enjoy science and would like to contribute to keeping people healthy, then pharmacy may be the job for you. It is a good career for both men and women: 60% of the students on the University of Manchester pharmacy degree are women…
Anatomy as a career…
It isn’t only doctors who have to learn the anatomy of the human body – lots of other professionals like dentists, nurses, life scientists, physiotherapists need to know how the body is structured too, to do their jobs properly. At Manchester we teach anatomy to students on many different degree programmes: Anatomical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Optometrists, Midwives and many more.