The Anatomy Gallery was formally established in September 1983 through the initiative of the Office of the Dean of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and through the efforts of Dr. Consuelo O. Cabral, the Anatomy Department Chair at that time and Dr. Benedicto Rivera, Chief of Section of Gross Anatomy. It was initially founded with endowment from the UST Medical School Alumni Foundation (Los Angeles) and has been incorporated into the Department of Anatomy because of its unique teaching value. It is situated on the fourth floor of the Medicine Building at one end of the Anatomy Dissection Hall.
The Anatomy Gallery serves as a showcase of all the teaching materials in Anatomy. The Gross Anatomy display consists of a total of 32 containers made of thick imported glass of varying dimensions, the largest big enough to accommodate an entire trunk of the human body. Some are tall enough to contain an entire human extremity.
Within the glass containers are preserved dissected organs of the human body arranged according to systems. Of interest are the displays of the dissected upper and lower extremities showing the muscles and related neurovascular structures, cross sections of the human trunk at various levels showing the various visceral organs in situ with their anatomic relations.
The embryology display consists of fetuses in different ages of gestation. Likewise, fetuses with congenital anomalies like cleft lip, cleft palate and anencephaly are shown. The Neuroanatomy display shows the brain in different views. Likewise, midsagittal coronal and longitudinal section provides the viewer with a more intimate understanding of the intricate structure of the human brain. A gross specimen of the entire spinal cord with spinal nerves in situ (donated by Prof. Shigeyuki Deura) is another interesting feature of the gallery.
On March 2006, through the generosity of Dr. Prem Manchanda and the dedication of the Anatomy Staff, the renovation of the gallery was begun and formally inaugurated and blessed on April 24, 2006. It was renamed Dr. Julieta Hayag-Manchanda UST Anatomy Gallery, a 1983 UST MD alumna the deceased spouse of the benefactor.
The gallery in its entirety gives the viewer a realistic perspective of the human organs and their intimate relationship with other organs and systems. All of the organs with appropriate markers provide a useful guide for the student of Anatomy. The uniqueness of this anatomy display (the only one in the Philippines) certainly surpasses any other attempt at plastic limitations of the human anatomy.