A group of 15 Globe University – Sioux Falls Massage Therapy and Medical Assistant students recently attended the USD Anatomy Lab in Vermilion, South Dakota. At the Anatomy Lab, students viewed and interacted with cadavers to learn more about their fields of study and how the human body works.
“We take our human anatomy students to the cadaver lab, at least, every other quarter. Stuart Ingalls is the anatomy professor in charge of the cadaver lab and tours. He focused on showing us the muscles and bones in the back,” Medical Assistant Program Chair Amy Zobel said. “He also had two of his students there to show us different aspects of the cadavers. Students were interactive and able to touch and move the cadavers. They held a human brain and saw the differences between a healthy brain and a one with a degenerative disease. It was a good example of how brains can differ and affect health. Students were also able to see how the body’s muscles move.”
The cadaver experience is different for every student,” she continued. “We never know how we are going to react when seeing them. It is amazing that there are individuals and families that donate themselves or loved ones for the learning of others. By doing this, they are helping create amazing doctors and medical staff. The best way for our students to learn is through this hands-on experience.”
“I had a lot of fun at the cadaver lab. I was very nervous at first, but the doctor who gave us the tour was really into it and made us feel comfortable,” Massage Therapy Student Braydon Davis said. “This is definitely a different experience than learning from a textbook!”
“This was a really great experience for both medical assistant and massage therapy students,” Medical Assistant Student Storm Myers said. “It was great to make the connections between what we learn in the classroom and real-world experiences. I think it was especially beneficial to the massage therapy students to learn more about the muscles.”
Field trips and hands-on experiences are always encouraged at Globe University. We want our students to have as much experience in the field as they can before graduating. Good jobs to all the students who attended the lab and benefited from the experience.
Globe University-Sioux Falls Medical Assistant and Massage Therapy students attend the USD Anatomy Lab field trip on Feb. 4 in Vermilion, South Dakota.