Anatomy and Physiology Students Visit Temple Lab
Dr. April Carpenter’s Anatomy and Physiology students recently visited the cadaver lab at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. The cadaver lab is shared between medical, physical therapy and physician assistant students. The students were able to investigate differences in muscle types and visceral organs, as well as gain additional insight into the skeletal framework of the body. Many thanks go out to host, Mary Barbe, PhD, from Temple University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Anatomy/Cell Biology along with along with MD, PhD students Joseph Tarr and Danielle Salvadeo.
The student’s were quite excited to have this opportunity. Here is a sampling of student thoughts on the visit:
“The whole trip was fascinating, from holding a human brain to seeing internal organs and muscles. I really learned how important it is to understand the insertion and origin, and action of each muscle, and the functions of each organ. Seeing human cadavers and learning from them was such an amazing experience, and confirmed my decision about becoming a physician’s assistant.” Brittany Gasser
” I took anatomy and physiology last fall and spring, and I am currently in Exercise Physiology. With this trip, I was surprised to find how much of what I learned come back to me. I was able to answer questions and even apply the anatomy to what I am currently doing in Ex Phys. One thing I found most surprising was how similar structures looked in real life compared to our A&P textbooks. I was easily able to recognize objects on these cadavers that I vividly remember looking at on paper last year—that was cool.
My two favorite parts out of everything we saw was holding the human brain – and also seeing a pacemaker in one of the cadaver’s hearts. This is amazing hardware and it was interesting to see how it intertwines with the heart.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to go to this lab. It definitely helped cement some A&P information, and speaking to the medical students there (especially about their research) was also a very unique opportunity that I very much enjoyed.” Bridget Winay
- by Christine Angermeier