Wants to see the big picture of digestion - page 2

My school used to work with cadavers, but no more. For the last year and a half, I have taken every A&P class to get into the nursing program, and as you know...I made it:) I have come a very... Read More

  1. by   babynurselsa
    Do you bave a med school near you?
    If so check with some of your classmates and see how many might be interested in viewing the cadaver lab. Then call and speak to the professor over it and see if you can arrange a toour.
    My husband is a paramedic and one of the education guys arranged a visit to the local Med school here. I tagged along for curiosity and hte Prof was sooo cool. He showd us several of the bodies that his students were working on took one apart and showed us all of the bits and pieces. It was very very interesting. but, no the smeel hasn't gotten any better.
  2. by   P_RN
    That project is called the "Visible Human Project" by the National Library of Medicine. You have several options from 2D slices to 3D Java applets. Do a search for Visible Human.

    Frankly I'd just call pathology and ask them to notify you of a time you can attend an autopsy. Usually they comply unless it's a forensic case.

  3. by   Jen911
    I completely lucked out when I was in nursing school. I was working for the Sheriff's Office, and when we had a suspicious death, the Sheriff's Office had to have a representative at the autopsy. Well, I asked one day if I was eligible to be that representative (even though I was just a Dispatcher), and the Sheriff gladly said "sure!" and off I went to watch an autopsy.

    The pathologist was awesome! I told him who I was, and that I was a nursing student. He handed me a gown and gloves, told me anything I was interested in, just "dig on in and see what you want and ask any questions you feel you want to know!" He let me touch everything, feel the textures, see how heavy everything was, and how everything fit together. And as he did his case, he explained every single piece of anatomy as he took it out, never thought twice about it. I was totally impressed, and would do it again in a heartbeat (pardon the pun)... hehe
  4. by   KC CHICK
    FORGET CADAVERS!!! Go observe some General open abdomen surgeries...you'll see everything. It's absolutely amazing to see what human anatomy looks like in "living color". Not only that....the intestines are usually functioning even though the patient is under anesthesia...you can see the peristalsis in action.

    Most surgeons love to teach and show off how much they know. Check around at hospitals where your school has contracts to see if you can observe for a day or two.

  5. by   mario_ragucci
    I just took my first baby step by finally, after getting my CNA license and looking around, applying at one of the big hospitals here in PDX for a "recovery room" position. Once I am "in" I would do a summersault to be able to actually see peristalsis during such a operation.
    By the way, this was the first job i applied for that was all computerized. Everything.