Dissection Education: Surgeons Give CAK Students Anatomy Pointers

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Dissection Education: Surgeons Give CAK Students Anatomy Pointers


Jim Hahn hopes to become a surgeon one day, and on Thursday, the Christian Academy of Knoxville junior got to operate on his first heart -- even if it was just a pig's.

"It was kind of interesting and fun to open up a heart and try and fix it up," said the 17-year-old Hahn with a big grin.

"It was pretty crazy ... we didn't know how to get into that, so we had a lot of struggles. It was a neat experience."

Hahn and his classmates in Honors Anatomy and Physiology got an opportunity this week to hear from cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Thomas Pollard and Dr. Chadwick Stouffer, who practice at Parkwest Medical Center. They also got a real sense of what it's like in an operating room.

"They just finished studying about the circulatory system and the cardiac system, and so to make that a little more hands-on for them, we bring in some pig hearts, and they're able to find the structures that they learned about on an actual tissue instead of a book or seeing it on a computer screen," Pollard said.

Pollard said he and the other surgeons enjoy what they do and they also hope that their interaction with the students will inspire them to go into the health profession.

"We hope this continues their interest. If they're in the class in the first place, they have some interest in the sciences and maybe even in the health profession," he said. …

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