Students at St. Mary’s Dominican High School studying anatomy and physiology under Anjel Guitroz recently took a field trip to the lab of Michael Dancisak, director of the Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences at Tulane University.
During their visit, the students viewed cadavers that had been dissected to reveal the layers of the skin and upper and lower musculoskeletal structures. They were able to touch the muscles and view how the arm muscles moved as a result of the fingers’ movement.
They also viewed a full neuro-dissection, which included the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves that lead to various parts of the body, and had the opportunity to hold a human heart.
In addition, the students were able to view and hold a cadaver head that had been cut along the midsagittal plane, separating the head into halves. The students were able to view and touch the nervous system structures in their natural positions that they learned in class, and they also were shown a neurosurgical procedure involving the spinal cord.