Human anatomy?

<p>Do students have to wait till medical schools to see human anatomy labs and participate in dissection?</p>

<p>no, some ug's have labs like that; or least that is what I heard from posters on here.</p>

<p>I don't believe that undergrads do human dissections....they can witness an autopsy at a hospital but too much value (and respect) is (rightfully) placed on human cadavers that med schools would not involve undergrads in the process....besides that, participation is too critical to med students to defer to an ug.</p>

<p>I could be wrong but I have never heard of human dissections outside of medical school.</p>

<p>I don't know about dissections, but I know at least one LAC with a cadaver lab. Hanover College
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Hands-on Learning
Resources available to exercise science students include three teaching labs, a research lab and the Basic Anatomy Cadaver Teaching Laboratory, all of which give students the chance to work hands-on in their fields of interest and conduct medical research

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I remembered this from my D's LAC search.</p>

<p>Here's another: Elon </p>

<p><a href="http://org.elon.edu/pendulum/issues/2003/100203/News/Cadaver%20Lab.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://org.elon.edu/pendulum/issues/2003/100203/News/Cadaver%20Lab.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>My school's human anatomy class has a lab portion that uses cadavers and the students are involved with the dissections.</p>

<p>Does the lab component of human anatomy involve pairing up with someonee of the opposite sex? ;)</p>

<p>Gotta learn somehow don't you?</p>

<p>Seeing boobies isn't worth a prostate exam.</p>

<p>:P Either way I don't know how the class compares to the med school equivalent; I doubt it's of much use to the average pre-med.</p>

<p>I just find human anatomy really interesting and want to experience it as early as possible although I may actually faint when the moment comes.</p>

<p>It seems from what's posted on here that not many schools offer labs/dissections, but your school should have some sort of human anatomy/physiology class(es) available to you.</p>

<p>If you want to do it, by all means do. More so than even it not being in depth, it's just simply a long time to have that knowledge on the back burner because you aren't going to really get a refresher until medical school unless you do it yourself. If it was terribly important to have extensive knowledge of human anatomy before medical school they would make it a pre-req. If you want to do it for your own gratification, that is all the motivation you need. I had no trouble in anatomy and I never took a course, so don't feel like you can't do well without taking it in advance.</p>

<p>DD had a human cadaver in an upper div anatomy lab, several students per body and I believe the cadavers had already gone through other places dissection first, so it was more seeing and exploring the dissections, not doing it themselves, but it was a great course.</p>

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If you want to do it, by all means do.

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<p>QFT. But as others have said, don't expect to have a leg up on people once you get to med school. Med school courses are without fail quite different from the undergrad versions, so taking one won't really help you out for the other. </p>

<p>But if its something that interests you, go for it. Don't make your undergrad course selections based on what you think will help you in med school. None of them will. So apart from the prereqs, take what you enjoy.
I knew of one or two courses at UCLA that included a cadaver component, but they didn't involve any dissection - it was all prosected and used as a learning tool.</p>

<p>Wake Forest has a cadaver anatomy course. The junior health and exercise science majors are required to take the course. A few seniors who excelled in the course as juniors are selected to serve as TAs for the course, and they do all the dissecting for the kids who are currently in the class.</p>