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Calhoun Health Students Receive Unique Opportunity to Augment Classroom Instruction Using Cadavers

April 4, 2017

This week, students enrolled in nursing and other allied health programs at Calhoun Community College will have the opportunity to enhance their classroom and clinical instruction by training on cadavers.  Calhoun is one of only a few two-year colleges which provide allied health students this rare opportunity.

“The cadavers provide valuable insight to our students into how the human body actually works,” commented Bret McGill, Calhoun’s Dean for Health Sciences. “This experience allows our students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding about how the body systems function together and provides them the opportunity to better understand the concepts covered in lecture and labs than could otherwise be gained in a traditional clinical setting,” added McGill.

The students will train using the cadavers Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6.  Healthcare professionals with Alabama’s State Emergency Medical Control Committee (SEMCC) had the opportunity to train with the cadavers on Tuesday.

According to McGill, the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis, Tennessee is providing the cadavers.  MERI is a non-profit organization that specializes in hands-on training and medical education of health professionals and students.  Calhoun received grant funding to cover the college’s cost to transport the cadavers.

“This very unique opportunity is also allowing our students to practice life-saving skills such as advanced airway technique, on actual human bodies instead of the simulated mannequins we have in our labs,” McGill said. 

“In addition, because the experience is being facilitated by trained healthcare professionals, our students are able to ask questions and to participate in meaningful discussions on-site, which further expands their skills and understanding of the concepts they are learning.”