Stanbridge College Expands Cadaver Lab Facilities with Human Specimens

One year after unveiling the first Synthetic Human Cadaver Lab on the West Coast, Stanbridge College has expanded its training resources for students by adding real human cadavers to widen the scope and experience of the anatomy and physiology courses.

The cadavers, one male and one female, come to Stanbridge from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Willed Body Program, whose purpose is to “further the education of future and current health professionals through the gift of body donation.” Once prosected, the bodies will become an important teaching tool for students in anatomy courses. Dr. Audrey Goelz, MD, MPH, will be conducting the primary prosection, and Elizabeth Peyton, PT, MPT, Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Stanbridge College, will be assisting in the prosection and overseeing the process over the course of several months.

Students gain valuable experience from the examination of the human body, including the opportunity to learn about structures within the body and how they function through hands-on exploration. Working with real human bodies helps students learn how the textbook illustrations and models present in the real world.

“Stanbridge College is pleased to offer this exciting new dimension to our students’ educational experience,” said Mr. Yasith Weerasuriya, President of Stanbridge College. “The opportunity to compliment synthetic cadaveric usage with human specimens will help our students further develop their anatomical skills and become strong candidates for employment in the healthcare field.”

The new additions will be stored in the large new refrigeration units that were recently installed in the Cadaver Lab. The split-level unit will maintain a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the bodies well-preserved.

Stanbridge College is home to many unique innovations for student training, and offers students access to several technologically advanced skills labs on campus. The Nursing Simulation Lab features six high fidelity simulation manikins with pre-programmed patient scenarios such as cardiac arrest, stroke, and birth to teach and test skills. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program includes the Advanced Driving Simulator Lab, the first in Orange County which allows for detailed hands-on driving assessments and treatments with patients who have experienced strokes and other neurological incidents, as well as the Sensory Immersion Lab, which offers students first-hand exposure to occupational therapy treatments for persons with mental illness, dementia, autism, and other sensory disorders. Students in the Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degree program hone their skills using the world’s first high-fidelity canine patient simulator for veterinary technology training, designed by Dr. Daniel Fletcher, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Sciences.

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