DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znad258.071 ISSN:

776 “Doses of Human Anatomy”: A Telegram Channel Augmenting Anatomy Education

A Ali, K Awad
  • Surgery



Telegram has become one of the most popular messaging applications. Its multiple features enable its use for different educational purposes. This study aimed to explore the role of a Telegram’s channel in Anatomical education.


A Telegram channel was created and shared to first year medical students of University of Khartoum. Subscription to the channel was optional. The Thorax module was covered through different types of daily online posts and quizzes which were posted over one month, in line with the formal practical sessions. At the end of the module, an online test shared to both subscribers and non-subscribers, a feedback questionnaire and focus group discussion were used to assess the effects of the channel and students’ reflection on it.


336 students subscribed to the channel by the time of the test. There was a significant association between subscription status and test score (p = 0.01, t = 2.79). Frequency of viewing did not affect test score. Students reported that written posts with images and quizzes were the two most helpful types of posts. Students reported that the channel made it easier for them to understand anatomy (86.4%), aided retention of information (92%) and encouraged engagement (81.6%). Continuation of the channel was recommended by 95.2% of students.


The channel provided concise and structured material that acted as a blueprint for students during studying and exam preparations. It proved itself as a useful complementary tool for students in the anatomy module. We recommend formal integration of Telegram channels in anatomy curricula.

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