Renovated anatomy lab at UT medical college to be dedicated

January 27, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The updated anatomy lab at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is brighter with more equipment to better educate medical students.

The recent renovation project not only upgraded the look of the 4,000-square-foot laboratory with new lights, new ceiling and an improved ventilation system, but the addition of whiteboards and more wall-mounted computers are designed to improve instruction.

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Anatomy Lab will be dedicated at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, with the unveiling of a new sign and tours of the newly upgraded facility. The lab is located in the basement of the Block Health Science Building.

The anatomy lab trains 175 medical students each year, in addition to 35 physician assistant students, about half the class of fourth-year medical students updating their skills before residencies, and medical residents studying advanced anatomy for their specialties.

More than 1,000 high school students also tour the lab each year through the Student-to-Student Program.

“The gross anatomy lab is where medical students really begin to hone their skills as future physicians,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “It is important to provide the best environment for students to learn to not only give them the best education possible, but to ensure they will provide high-quality care to all of their future patients. This experience is also an important beginning of the development of respect for the generosity of the donors and their families that make this experience possible.”

The 50 cadavers in the anatomy lab, which most medical students consider their first patient, provide needed training in knowledge, skills and professionalism that goes above and beyond lectures and textbooks.

For more information on the Anatomical Donation Program, click here.

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