New Cadaver

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Dr. Paul Gardner gets all buddy-buddy with his anatomy models to show his excitement for having a new female cadaver on campus. Photo by Shay Duncan

Dr. Paul Gardner gets all buddy-buddy with his anatomy models to show his excitement for having a new female cadaver on campus. Photo by Shay Duncan

The Snow College has recently acquired a new cadaver.  Which will help provide students hands on experience with, and greater knowledge of the human body.

The cadaver has been generously provided by the University of Utah Medical School Body Donor Program, of which Snow College has long been a part. The cadaver will be kept by Snow College for two years before it is returned to the University of Utah.

This new cadaver will be especially helpful to those students who are majoring in pre-med.  According to Dr. Gardner of the Snow College Biology department “our cadaver program is unusual in that undergrads are allowed to perform dissections”

Some students might get a bit squeamish at the idea of dissecting a cadaver. This is perfectly normal behavior Dr. Gardner says, as the sight of the cadaver being dissected can cause a “vasovagal response” in the individual. Which is when a nerve in the brain causes the capillary beds to open up and release a sudden rush of blood which causes the person to pass out.

This response used to be quite common amongst students, often someone would “pass out every semester”. However as time has gone on it has become less and less common. With Dr. Gardner hypothesizing that the increased violence in videogames and the proliferation of crime scene investigation shows such as CSI may being help students to become more accustomed to the gore.

Unfortunately, the cadaver is no longer open to public viewing as it once was. When tours were provided to high school students to promote the school. According to University of Utah rules: only those taking an associated class may see the cadaver.

All in all, this is a fine new addition to the Anatomy department. Which will be sure to enhance the experience of both the students and faculty.

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