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  • PCC students now able to train, learn in unique Human Anatomy Learning Center

    Human Anatomy Learning Center

    PUEBLO – A great learning tool for nursing, allied health, and science students is macroscopic (gross) anatomy, which is the study of structures and organs that are visible to the naked eye. However, this section of study is often reduced or eliminated because of a lack of access.

    But by leveraging various grant resources along with its partnership with St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo Community College has developed a state-of-the-art Human Anatomy Learning Center. It includes a human cadaver along with an Anatomage Table, which is a life-size, virtual and three-dimensional digital cadaver and the only one of its kind on a college campus in Colorado. PCC students are able to see prominent regions and landmarks, as well as the location of organs with surrounding tissues.

    The new center also contains a human cadaver, which by law cannot be photographed and is in a hidden refrigeration unit until needed. These resources will enhance PCC’s current anatomy curriculum and provide students a hands-on experience that is incomparable to any other classroom or lab technique. 

    “This truly is where classroom knowledge becomes real-world experience,” said Mary Chavez, PCC’s Dean of Health & Public Safety. “Human cadavers are an excellent source for learning macroscopic anatomy, providing students with a comprehensive visual and hands-on learning experience. They are able to see the size, location and texture of body structures and organs in a way that transcends and extends classroom learning.”

    With the Anatomage Table and its virtual three-dimensional view, tissues and organs can be removed to demonstrate the relationship of the various organ systems and their surrounding tissues. For example, students learning musculature of the leg could see a single muscle and its attachment or all the muscles and their attachments before and/or after viewing the leg muscles on the cadaver.

    Anything that can be done to the Anatomage Table cadaver can be undone and redone until the student understands the relationship. The Anatomage Table cadaver, library and curriculum are excellent aids to bridge the gaps of the cadavers, models and videos used in the instruction of anatomy and to provide the most inclusive and thorough anatomical education for PCC students.

    In addition, the Anatomage cadaver can be viewed via radiological images, which will enhance the learning experience for many of PCC students, especially those in the Radiologic Technology and Surgical Technology programs.  Student study guides can be created using annotated images, and video presentations can be downloaded from the Table.

    The added resources in PCC’s Anatomy Learning Center will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the human body, which will result in improved understanding in their particular professional area of study and preparation to meet the workforce needs.

    Students in the following PCC programs have already used the new resources: Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Phlebotomy, Physical Education classes, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Science, Surgical Technology. And these programs have plans to use the resources in the future: Art, Dental Assisting, Law Enforcement Academy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Respiratory Care.

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.