Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Honors Anatomy and Physiology students explore human body in UC cadaver lab

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
Students enrolled in Honors Anatomy and Physiology were given the opportunity to visit the University of Cincinnati for a cadaver lab on January 21. Carol Lehman and Maggie Long’s classes sent 40 students to attend. According to Lehman, this was the first time they were able to assemble a group of students to go. Lehman said she found it extremely beneficial for the students.
“Everything that we touched upon in class, they got to see on a person who donated their body to science,” Lehman said. “You talk about taking learning to the next level; it was such a great experience for these high school students. It was very respectful and done really well.”
This is an excellent way to prepare for a future medical career, Lehman said.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to see if it’s a field that they want to pursue,” Lehman said. “It allowed students to see if this is a passion for them and if medical school is the next step. We’re hoping to make this an annual event because it really benefited our students.”
According to junior attendee Heidi Cervantes, the hands-on experience was more impactful than just seeing pictures.
“I was able to see the organs within a cadaver and develop a better understanding of human life,” Cervantes said. “I got to actually hold a human heart, brain, and a diseased smoker's lung. It was really amazing to have that opportunity because it's not one many high schoolers get. It's one thing seeing pictures and learning about the anatomy of someone, but it's completely different being able to see it and touch it.”
Students were able to witness how all the body systems work together, Cervantes said.
“We learned about the organ system,” Cervantes said. “More specifically, how they each do their own job to keep our bodies working efficiently. We also learned the process of food digestion throughout the body to show how all the organs work together.”
Senior Andrew Ballou, who also attended, said he now has a greater appreciation for the human body.
“I went in not really knowing what to expect, not knowing how I would react,” Ballou said. “After seeing inside of a body, I can say that I'll tend to look at people a little bit differently now, knowing how amazing and unique we are all created.”
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