Body Language Cadaver Dissection Offers ECC Students Invaluable Lessons on Reading Human Anatomy

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Body Language Cadaver Dissection Offers ECC Students Invaluable Lessons on Reading Human Anatomy


Byline: Kerry Lester klester@dailyherald.com

Some community college students might lose their lunch over the thought of dissecting a cadaver from head to toe. Others call it the experience of a lifetime.

Elgin Community College Professor Luis MartinezAE seven-week summer course, "Special topics in biology: Human Growth. Anatomy and Cadaver Dissection" has given eight students the opportunity to learn about the body in a hands-on way.

Two teams of two students apiece are assigned to each body, one team working on the left side, the other on the right, using scalpels and bone saws to precisely dissect each cadaver to be used in the collegeAEs anatomy and physiology classes in the fall.

"As far as IAEm concerned this was priceless," said Richard Schopp of Gilberts.

Schopp, whoAEs studying to be a surgical assistant, said the course is "giving the opportunity to see firsthand what IAEm going to see in my career."

Not many community colleges allow students to touch u let alone dissect u cadavers.

As his studentsAE first assignment, Martinez tasked his students with calling a number of other community colleges in the state, to find out if they offered similar opportunities.

Few did.

Martinez got the idea for the course, he said, after spending summers dissecting cadavers to be used in his anatomy and physiology classes for the following fall.

"I was always dissecting and there was always one student or maybe two whoAEd volunteer to give me a hand," he said. "But then one day, I was thinking aeWhy not give students the opportunity to learn the human body?

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