Dissecting a cadaver?

<p>I had the opportunity to participate in a full body dissection of a cadaver in May. Would this be a good thing to mention on my applications for med school?</p>

<p>Go for it. You never know what may push you in.</p>

<p>Why did you participate and what exactly did you do?</p>

<p>If you can present it as a meaningful experience that contributes to who you are as an applicant and why you want/should be admitted to medical school, then absolutely.</p>

<p>As long as it wasn’t done at home…or in the woods by Crystal Lake, you could probably work it into an essay.</p>


<p>It was an opportunity offered by my high-school anatomy teacher. She was part of a program through our local med school. There were five schools involved, each school bringing 8 students. There were five cadavers so each group had 8 students. The students did all dissection, the teachers were not allowed to dissect at all so the students would have the most opportunity. (The only thing they did help us with was the removal of the rib cage and a laminotomy). Personally, I dissected an entire leg, and removed both lungs. For all other parts of the dissection we all shared in the work.</p>

<p>A guy named “Fat Tony” gave me a similar opportunity once, I fortunately declined.</p>

<p>That scenario is only worth mentioning in an essay if it relates to the overall theme of the essay. The fact that you have done a dissection will mean nothing to the ad comm, but what the experience meant to you will mean something.</p>

<p>Since some colleges offer a ‘real’ anatomy course to undergrads – including slicing and dicing cadavors – I don’t see this as a big deal.</p>

<p>Sure, it may work into an essay, but just listing it as an ‘activity’ or ‘other’? Meh.</p>

<p>Definitely not worth listing as an activity. But, can be mentioned in an essay or interview.</p>