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How Students Get Under Our Skin

Many healthcare professionals share similar stories about their first experience with a cadaver; they can clearly describe the smell of formaldehyde and remember their first glimpse of the donor’s face. For aspiring medical students at the Health and Science School, their first human dissection will look and smell a lot different. Students in the Biomedical Program of Study engage in virtual dissections on their Anatomage Table.

Students in the Biomedical Innovations course select a case study from over 1,000 different options. Using the table, they access medical charts and view x-rays and MRI scans on their patient. They rotate body sections 360 degrees in order to fully explore a patient’s medical complications before researching the problems and recommending treatment options.

Instead of re-labeling the muscular system on a drawing of a human body, students in the Human Body Systems course must touch the gluteus maximus on a virtual body. The table prompts them to identify anatomy and gives real-time feedback during a quiz.

Students speak passionately about the four cadavers currently available on the table. They can explain how each body was frozen and then sliced every .5 millimeter in order to allow them to explore every part of the human anatomy. They show excitement about working with “real” humans where organs are not as perfectly placed as they appear in textbook diagrams.

Seniors describe with envy how future students will benefit from regular upgrades to the content on the table. While they might like to stick around HS2, most are even more excited to move ahead toward a healthcare career.
Thanks to the Anatomage Table, they will have gained practical and technical skills critical to medical training without the stress and emotional reactions historically associated with dissecting a human cadaver.

Many healthcare professional share similar stories about their first experience with a cadaver; they can clearly describe the smell of formaldehyde and remember their first glimpse of the donor’s face. For aspiring medical students at the Health and Science School, their first human dissection will look and smell a lot different. Students in the Biomedical Program of Study engage in virtual dissections on their Anatomage Table.