LIMA — Anatomy students at The Ohio State University-Lima can now practice on cadavers at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, which has opened an advanced anatomy lab to the undergraduate students who previously relied on models and images to learn about the human body.
The anatomy lab will be open to students two days each week during the spring semester.
There, students will learn by using prosected cadavers, or cadavers that have been dissected, as well as an anatomy atlas featuring cadaveric images and videos of key structures.
Those hands-on experiences are the best way for students to learn anatomy, according to instructor Jeremy Grachan.
“(Students can) feel the difference between an artery, a vein … and appreciate the relationship between the different structures in the human body,” Grachan said.
In addition, Grachan said the cadavers allow students to observe anatomical variations between the two cadavers.
The partnership comes as St. Rita’s finishes construction of its graduate medical education center, an initiative designed to strengthen the health network’s recruitment efforts through an expansion of the its medical residency programs.
“This program aims to attract not only doctors from around the country, but also to retain some of the best and brightest students from our region who are graduating from medical school,” said Beth Keehn, director of government and community affairs for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.
By offering OSU-Lima students access to the hospital’s anatomy lab, Keehn said the health network is hoping the exposure to their medical campus will bring some students back to Lima when they finish medical school.
“A lot of people who want to go into health, we’re able to start to interact with: what is the human? What is their anatomy? What is their body and their physiology and how it all works together,” Grachan said. “It’s exciting that these students are now getting the opportunity to do something that is usually (offered) by a bigger campus.”