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Student to Cadaver ratio at NYCOM and Other Schools

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by J143, Feb 11, 2000.

  1. J143

    J143 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    SF, CA
    Can anyone tell me the student to cadaver ratio at NYCOM? Other Schools?

    Just want to know how they all compare.

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  3. lee427

    lee427 Junior Member

    Jan 30, 2000
    The ratio at NYCOM is 6 students to 1 cadaver.
  4. dlbruch

    dlbruch Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 1999
    I think I heard that COMP has 4 students per cadaver, but I'm not sure. I'd appreciate someone confirming or correcting me.
  5. Researcher

    Researcher Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 1998
    Springfield, VA
    At KCOM, ratio is four students to one cadaver. Dissection continues for five quarters.

    At UHS, I believe, the ratio is ten to one; five students per side; one group goes deep, one superficial.

    At PCOM the ratio is five or six to one cadaver. Dissection is completed during first trimester.
  6. UHS2002

    UHS2002 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 1999
    Actually, at UHS, the ratio is 8-10 per cadaver, divided into 2 groups. One group does the right side and the other does the left. Every group does BOTH the superficial and deep dissections for their side.

    Dissecting can be a time consuming AND tedious work, although the entering class always imagines it to be incredibly "glamorous". Usually, until their first test block, when they have a million things left to study and aren't done dissecting yet...hehehe
  7. UHS03

    UHS03 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2000
    UHS2002, please don't laugh at us until after we have taken our LAST gross exam (Wednesday...thank goodness!) After that, I'm sure I will appreciate your humor much more [​IMG] By the way..I hope your tests went well.
  8. UHS2002

    UHS2002 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 1999

    they did, thanks :) and I am sure glad they are over, at least for another 5 weeks...

    I empatize with you, I could not wait to get the last Anatomy test out of the way, particularly the lab part. At this point last year, I felt like if I had to learn yet another obscure nerve (which invariably would look so much like that-also-obscure artery I needed to recognize too), I was going to have a nervous breakdown.

    Good luck on your tests, you are more than halfway through with your first year (while we will be enjoying school through the summer). The second year is a lot easier, and a lot more fun, so there is much to look foward to.

  9. Matt2BeADO

    Matt2BeADO Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 1999
    Saco, ME USA
    Dear poster,

    The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) has 4 students per body. Gross starts August 1 and runs until the second week of November...Class four days a week....lecture one hour and lab for three. And as many students will confirm...many, many, many more hours during open lab time.

    Hope this helps! Any questions drop me a line!

    Good luck,
  10. DJ

    DJ Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 1999
    As far as I know, that figure is right.
  11. OldManDave

    OldManDave Fossil Bouncer Emeritus Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 1999
    Lafayette, IN
    KCOM is 4/cadaver...we generally pair off with one team on the left and the other on the right. However, this is not a formal division and we free to switch partners or work in any permutation. Both sides have to be dissected completely.

    Prior to my entering class, KCOM crammed anatomy into quarter 1 [12 weeks]. With the curriculum revision, anatomy has been extended to five consecutive quarters...I think that may have been going to the other extreme. In the old paradigm, there was problem with retention, especially apparent when the courses that built upon anatomy rolled around and they had to incessantly refer back to anatomy materials.

    The "new curriculum" was intended to string it out a bit to hopefully improve retention by allowing the information to more effectively 'soak in'. In essence, that has translated to our dissecting a body region within a tight cluster of time and then not having anatomy/dissection for a few weeks. Then returning to lab to cut away for the region. Basicly, the pace has only minimally been reduced. They've just stuck 'breaks' between regions...How effective this will prove to be remains to be seen?

    Personally, I think 3 quarters would be ideal.

    'Old Man Dave'
    KCOM, Class of '03

    Nothing Risked, Nothing Gained!!

  12. Doc777

    Doc777 Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 1999
    East Lansing, MI
    HI all [​IMG]

    At Michigan State, the situation in the gross anatomy lab is bit different. The bodies are prosected (already pre-dissected). This means that there is NO dissection by the medical students. The bodies are "precut" and during lab, we have go around from body to body and identify the objective structures for that particular lab. Obviously, this has its advantages and disadvantages. For those who want to dissect, the department offers a dissection course.

  13. shaner

    shaner New Member

    Feb 15, 2000
    Claremont, CA USA
    Most of us at COMP had 4, though many had 5 students/cadavor
  14. ewagner

    ewagner Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 22, 1998
    As far as I remember, UHS has gross for about 7 months. Hope that helps everyone. And our ratios per body seem just fine.
  15. Liquid_Tension

    Liquid_Tension Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    New York
    Hey bud,

    At NYCOM, the number can range from 4 to 6 per cadaver. However, while there were six in my group, two of my groupies rarely showed up, and a third just wandered around the lab in a drunken stupor. So this is something to consider. Because in your group, chances are that not everyone will show up, and those that do show up may just wander around stoned or drunk.
    later alligator,
    liquid steel
  16. euhsa

    euhsa Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    somehere near NYC
    Please note that Liquid Tension's anatomy group does not reflect the majority of the first year students at NYCOM. I know or know of Liquid Tension and the members of his group. And boy, did I feel sorry for the three that actually showed up for lab because they had a lot of cutting to do. [​IMG]

    [This message has been edited by euhsa (edited 02-17-2000).]

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