NYU Plastination

Discussion in 'Dental' started by birdsflyinghigh, Mar 20, 2012.

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  1. birdsflyinghigh

    birdsflyinghigh Banned

    Oct 24, 2011
    Hello my friends, do you think this is good or bad that NYUCD doesn't have cadavers? Some current NYUCD students tell me its a positive thing and saves them time. Other students say its a negative thing.

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  3. Shnurek

    Shnurek Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Lol we have both cadavers and plastic models at SUNY Optometry. $65,000 tuition and no real cadavers?
  4. birdsflyinghigh

    birdsflyinghigh Banned

    Oct 24, 2011
    can a DDS student answer? I am not interesting in an ODs opinion.
  5. Shnurek

    Shnurek Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Sure they can. This a public board anyone can answer.
  6. mr24

    mr24 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    We have cadavers.... I dont think you're missing out on much. for med students its a must, for dental students its a little overboard in my opinion. its very time consuming and tedious. Maybe if you are planning on omfs it would be nice to be at a school with them, otherwise i wouldn't worry about it.
  7. Sublimazing

    Sublimazing 5+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    the shreve
    Ya I feel the same...cadavers have their pros and cons. If you get stuck with a fat one, a skinny one, one with cancer, and so on it makes it reall difficult and doesn't teach you very much. It's nice to get a feel for dissection, but unless your school is getting fresh cadavers; spending hours mutilating corned beef doesnt make a better dentist
  8. SoulPower

    SoulPower 5+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    After pretty much finishing anatomy class, our final is in 2 weeks. It is actually quite hard to determine actual anatomical relationships once the cadavers are, for lack of a better term, mutilated. It really is difficult to tell exactly how many things in the face actual run in the face once you have dissected/bisected the head. I don't know much about plastinids but it probably is easier and less time consuming to learn from.
  9. BigAppleDDS


    Jan 25, 2012
    I'm a D1 and I don't think having a lack of cadavers have hurt us. I actually learned a lot and as dentists I don't really find it necessary to have them. It's not like we have a couple plastinations.. there are A TON, for every single purpose as you go through anatomy. Also, NYU does significantly better on the boards in that area than the national average. So it's up to your personal opinion but I found it to be a much better use of my time.
  10. billythekid

    billythekid 5+ Year Member

    May 18, 2008
    go with the cadavers if you can. people who have never dissected cadavers do not know what information they're lacking. sure, dissecting the brachial plexus is probably useless in the long run for us. but the head and neck? the oral cavity dissection and visualizing the nerves? very very helpful.
  11. Badgerfaithful

    Badgerfaithful 2+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2008
  12. Vapor1122

    Vapor1122 10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Meh, you can visualize them with plastinates too.

    IMO plastinates are more efficient and just as effective as cadavers, but really, you'll learn the anatomy just fine either way -- to the point where it shouldn't be a factor one way or the other when choosing schools.
  13. bing12

    bing12 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2010
  14. jay47

    jay47 Think Positively! 5+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2007
    Meh, it is kind of helpful to have real cadavers, but it will probably be harder in the long run because of so much variation and they do get mutilated. It is good getting a "feel" for tissue relationships, even though they are stored in formalin. Its an experience you will never forget, but at the same time, not totally that useful in the long run. School cost should be a much more important decision in deciding where to go.

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