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The disciplines of anatomy and surgery are not dichotomous since one is dependent onthe other. Traditionally, surgeons predominantly taught gross and clinical anatomy. Inthis review, we examine the context of how human anatomy is taught nowadays. Inessence, we discovered that there are certain discernable trends consistently observablebetween the American and British systems. In Singapore, the British Russell Group firstinfluenced its education landscape but now more so by the American Ivy League. Singa-pore now has three medical schools all offering differing anatomy curricula, which servesas an opportune time for it to consider if there is a best approach given that the practiceof surgery is also evolving in parallel. This review discusses the various pedagogies andissues involved, and will serve as a forum and stimulus for discussion. By tweaking thecurriculum correctly and the lessons learnt, future doctors and surgeons in training willreceive a better anatomical education, not just in Singapore but the world in general. Keyrecommendations include the use of body painting, clay, plasticine to facilitate the learn-ing of anatomy, and the implementation of a body donation program. Furthermore, stra-tegic mergers with key stakeholders will also ensure the survival of the discipline.