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More cadaver dissections?

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    So we're basically finishing up gross anatomy lab this week, meaning no more dissections during medical school curriculum as far as i can tell. It's really hitting me what kind of opportunity I had, and I wish I had more time.

    Is gross anatomy lab in medical school the first and last chance physicians get to dissect cadavers? I would like to do it again, or at least spend more time studying cadavers. It just seems to have gone by so quickly in 4 months. My dad had a year and a half of gross anatomy, and my grandparents had 2 years. Does anybody else wish they had longer than a few months?

    Are there other opportunities somewhere down the road/elsewhere to dissect or at least study cadavers?
     

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      I'm pretty sure some surgical training is done on cadavers. You could also be a pathologist and do autopsies. Beyond that, yeah, I think you're pretty much done with them.

      I hated anatomy, so the faster it was done, the better.
       

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        see if you can shadow a forensic pathologist (basically, all they do are autopsies). Also my school has third year rotations where you can come back and be a TA for first year anatomy. Additionally my school offers an advanced anatomy elective during third/fouth year where you can dissect a body all by yourself...see if your school has these opportunities.
         
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          see if you can shadow a forensic pathologist (basically, all they do are autopsies). Also my school has third year rotations where you can come back and be a TA for first year anatomy. Additionally my school offers an advanced anatomy elective during third/fouth year where you can dissect a body all by yourself...see if your school has these opportunities.

          I think that those two options would be so cool. I want to see if my school will have those options for me when I get to third year.

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            A friend of mine tutored the allied health students over the summer after his M1. He basically prosected with the professors (allied health doesn't dissect at all) and then held review sessions and private tutoring sessions.

            If your school has PT/OT/nursing programs you might be able to do that.

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            I'm pretty sure some surgical training is done on cadavers.
            It's pretty uncommon, but I did see one cadaver on the interview trail.

            I could have done an M4 anatomy elective, and then you get an entire cadaver to yourself for a month. I think you had to do a report, but it was a fairly easy rotation, from what I gathered. They would come over to the M1s and help a bit too once in a while.
             

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              It's pretty uncommon, but I did see one cadaver on the interview trail.

              I could have done an M4 anatomy elective, and then you get an entire cadaver to yourself for a month. I think you had to do a report, but it was a fairly easy rotation, from what I gathered. They would come over to the M1s and help a bit too once in a while.

              Hm, interesting. I know at one point last year our anatomy lab was "off limits" due to surgical training on unembalmed/unpreserved cadavers. I just assumed that was a fairly common thing.
               

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                At my school you can take a surgical anatomy 4th year elective where you dissect a cadaver. ENT residents also commonly do head and neck dissection labs on cadavers. I can't speak to other surgical fields.
                 

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                  You also might be able to be an unofficial TA for the class in your free time next year. At my school, 4th years interested in surgery are the official TA's, but 2nd years who enjoyed the class come back to hang in the lab after hours and help before practicals.
                   
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