Latika Samalia is a Professional Practice Fellow at the Anatomy Department of the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, where she teaches clinical anatomy in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate professional courses. She teaches the early and advanced learning in medicine, head and neck anatomy to dental students, and musculoskeletal and neuroanatomy to physiotherapy undergraduate students. She is a mentor for clinical undergraduate medical students at the Otago Medical School, running mentoring sessions for them on a regular basis. Latika received her medical degree (DSM) from the Fiji School of Medicine and her postgraduate degree in Science in Anatomy from the University of Otago.
After practising obstetrics and gynaecology for a number of years, she took up academia. She has been instrumental in initiating and running a number of postgraduate anatomy workshops in her department, focusing on various clinical disciplines. She is passionate in promoting clinical anatomy education and is a highly devoted teacher, having been rewarded with several student and university teaching awards.