For most medical students, human cadaver lab is a unique instruction methodology that allows them to learn from the human body with hands-on experience. This vestige of medical education brings with it the gravity of the sacrifices each donor has made. Read as one first-year medical student explores her thoughts and reactions to the completion of her cadaver lab experience.
Like many medical schools across the nation, mine taught its first-year anatomy course through dissection of human bodies. Donors of cadavers donate their bodies for the education of medical students, specifically for the anatomy dissection course. It seemed violent, grotesque and bizarre to cut open a preserved, very dead human body. The only way I […]
It’s 6 a.m., and my alarm goes off. Groggily, I continue to press snooze for the next hour, until I realize I won’t be able to enjoy a breakfast that’s not a granola bar if I sleep any longer. It’s been six weeks since I started at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as […]