Health care professional are in great demand throughout the world. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Mr. Jackson’s Human Anatomy and Physiology class at Unadilla Valley traveled to Middletown, N.Y. to visit Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Many of the anatomy students are interested in careers related to science and health care.
The day began with an introduction by Frank Rose (Director of Admissions) who emphasized the importance of outstanding grades in all courses and willingness to volunteer in the community. He also instilled the importance of making good choices and awareness that all grades matter when applying to colleges at any level.
After their introduction to Touro College, a lab technician and medical student treated UV students to a SIM Lab experience. This facility contained a variety of robotic manikins programed to simulate various medical situations and scenarios. After a tour through the facility, the guide showed students the Anatomy Lab. The lab contained preserved human cadavers; people who donated their bodies to science and the training of medical students. Some cadavers had gone through a preservation process called “plastination”. This technique removes the fat and water from the body and replaces it with a plastic material that allows the corpse to resist decomposition. The cadavers were preserved in a fashion that allowed them to be sliced and thoroughly studied. UV students handled human brains, hearts and heads.
Their final destination landed them at the Human Anatomy Cadaver Lab. Dr. Moorman, professor at the medical school, spent over an hour showing us the human eye, brain, heart, thoracic cavity, knees, musculature and much more. He discussed concussions, various aspects of vision and circulatory disorders. Once students became accustomed to the potent smell of preservative, they settled in for an unforgettable experience.
The Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology class is a concurrent enrollment course through Thompkins Cortland Community College. Students earn three, free college credits and field study opportunities such as visits to Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Touro medical students and professors graciously shared their knowledge with our UV students, fascinated by what they saw.