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IU School of Medicine – Northwest announces 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program participants

More than 50 participants from around the world will gather for the final three days of hands-on anatomy workshops

Friday Jun 20, 2014


The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program (IHCPP), a unique medical program of Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest (IUSM-NW) located on the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary, Ind., will take place July 29 – 31, 2014.

This hands-on, innovative medical program is the only one in the country that allows non-physician and non-medical student participants the opportunity to become active volunteers in the IUSM-NW gross anatomy laboratory.

Fifty-one individuals have been selected to participate in the 2014 program, plus 12 student radiographers and ultrasonographers, and 17 instructional faculty.

The participants will gain detailed knowledge of human anatomy, medical imaging, and wound suturing, as well as a greater understanding of tissue histology, embryology, prosthetics, orthotics, and orthopedics medical specialties.

They will prepare the body donors for the Fall 2014 gross anatomy class by removing the donors’ skin and body fat to expose organs, muscles and other anatomical structures.

This is the 15th year for the program, which is under the direction of Ernest Talarico, Ph.D., IUSM-NW associate director of medical education and associate professor of human gross anatomy and embryology. Participants will come from around the United States, as well as from Argentina, Canada, Hungary, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.

High School Participant

At the age of 16, Johntrell Bowles, a junior at 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Ind., will find himself working alongside students and professionals who are, in some cases, decades older than him.

After his mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Bowles decided his life’s passion was in healthcare, thinking, “I cannot change my mother’s illness, but I can help others.”

In foster care now for the last six years, Bowles is steadfast in his goal, actively pursuing opportunities and experiences that will position him for his future.

“This opportunity is truly unique,” he said. “It allows an African-American male in Northwest Indiana to experience something the 99 percent of young people will never encounter. This will be a life-changing experience for me…This program is the start of a new journey for me.”

First Patient

The IHCPP program is anchored in teaching gratitude, respect and professionalism. In addition to learning basic anatomy, participants will celebrate human dignity.

In accordance with the “Talarico Protocol for Human Gross Anatomy,” (Clinical Anatomy Journal) donors in the laboratory are treated with the same dignity and consideration that living patients would expect to receive from their physician.

Participants are reminded that the donors have essentially become “first patients” for them, as well as for the fall medical students who will follow. This means that donors should be referred to by their real names.

Additionally, as part of the “Talarico Protocol,” summer participants are given the opportunity to correspond with families of the donors. It is an experience, Talarico says, that can have a fundamental impact on participants’ future interaction with patients.     

2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program Team:

Northwest Indiana participants include:

  • Danielle A. Bly, IUSM-Northwest Gross Anatomy Laboratory Assistant, of Crown Point
  • Johntrell J. Bowles, 21st Century Charter School student, of Gary
  • Kenneth A. Bridgmon, Ivy Tech Community College-Valparaiso biology student, of Porter
  • Victoria S. Connelly, Saint Mary’s College biology and music student, of Crown Point
  • Miranda R. Cornejo, IU Northwest biology/pre-dental student, of Cedar Lake
  • Natalie M. Dec, IU Northwest biology alumna, of Schererville
  • Emily E. Eaton, IU Northwest psychology student, of Dyer
  • Justin S. Golday, Purdue University North Central biology/pre-medicine, of Chesterton
  • Madeleine F. Hiemstra, Purdue University West Lafayette public health student, of Saint John
  • Theodore M. Hiemstra, Loyola University nursing student, of Saint John
  • Brandon C. Karcher, IU Northwest biology/pre-medicine and Spanish student, of Valparaiso
  • Nathaniel G. Kennedy, Purdue University North Central biology/pre-medicine student, of La Porte
  • Aliya S. Khan, IU Northwest psychology/pre-medicine student, of Crown Point
  • Kathleen Kleefisch, D.N.P., Purdue University Calumet Assistant Professor of Nursing, of Lowell
  • Peter D. Lakich, Ivy Tech Community College-Gary Assistant Professor of Life Sciences, of Crown Point
  • Tyler J. Louviere, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis biology student, of Griffith
  • Candyce L. Mehler, IU Northwest Spanish alumna, of Whiting
  • Keith M. Mills, IU Northwest nursing student, of Gary
  • Jessica M. Monjaras, Purdue University-West Lafayette genetics/pre-medicine student, of Munster
  • Stephen A. Perry, Purdue University North Central biology/pre-medicine student, of Valparaiso
  • Brooks N. Platt, IU-Bloomington chemistry/pre-medicine student, of Munster
  • Stefanie R. Rigg, Purdue University North Central biology/pre-medicine student, of Valparaiso
  • Barbara Schmal, R.N.
  • Christopher H. Sicinski, IU Northwest biology/pre-dentistry student, of Munster
  • Ashley L. Starcevich, Purdue University North Central biology/pre-medicine student, of Lowell
  • Cody C. Stewart, 2LT National Guard Medical Services Corps., Purdue University Calumet biology/pre-medicine student, of Merrillville
  • Mark R. Stringer, Purdue University North Central nursing alumnus, Valparaiso
  • Rebecca A. Tiemens, Purdue University Calumet biology/pre-medicine student, of Lowell
  • Sara N. Torabi, IUSM-NW medical student, of Munster
  • Rebecca L. Van Sessen, IU Northwest Adjunct Anthropology Instructor, of Crown Point
  • Tyler J. Wencl, Purdue University North Central biology/pre-medicine student, of Westville
  • Brittany N. Winn, Ball State University physiology student, of Kouts

Greater Indiana

  • Nicholas D. Panting, University of Notre Dame global health studies student, of Granger
  • Zachary M. Messina, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine medical student, of Indianapolis

California

  • Michele L. Barr, Ed.D., California State University – Fullerton Kinesiologist and Lecturer, of Dana Point

Florida

  • Haley L. Nation, NOVA Southeastern University anatomy and neurobiology Ph.D. student, of Tequesta
  • Natalie N. Negron, NOVA Southeastern University biology/pre-medicine student of Miramar

Illinois

  • Alexander J. Dolinar, South Suburban College biology student, of Lansing
  • Kelly D. Harris, IU Northwest biology/pre-medicine student, of South Holland
  • Matthew A. Meier, Purdue University Calumet mechanical engineering student, of Beecher
  • Charlie Swanson, 21st Century Charter School Science Instructor, of Chicago

Michigan

  • Christopher B. Taylor, Wayne State University medical student, of Sturgis

Minnesota

  • Aarabhi S. Rajagopal, NOVA Southeastern University biology/pre-medicine student, of Woodbury

Pennsylvania

  • Suzanne E. Maddamma, Chatham University biology student, of Pittsburgh

Argentina

  • Jose L. Mas, D.V.M., Ivy Tech Community College Professor of Anatomy & Physiology, originally of Argentina
  • Nora Mas, Lake Shore Bone & Joint Institute Physical Therapist, originally of Argentina

Canada

  • Brad E. Weston, Weber State University athletic therapy/pre-medicine student, of Cardston, Alberta
  • Cas J. Weston, Weber State University pre-medicine student, of Cardston, Alberta

Hungary

  • Grace A. Braimoh, Debreceni Egyetem University of Debrecen, Medical & Health Science Center medical student, of Debrecen, Hadju-Bihar

Mexico

  • Jose M. Vargas-Fraga, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico medical student, of Mexico City

Saudi Arabia

  • Dr. Ahmed E. Mokhtar Abd-Elmagid, Lecturer at Najran University, Saudi Arabia

Instructional and Professional Faculty (and Prosectors):

  • Sunil Dedhia, M.D., Orthopaedic Specialists, of Munster
  • Renee Fife, M.S.N., R.N., C.P.N.P., Purdue University Calumet Associate Clinical Professor, of Hammond
  • Michael C. Leland, M.D., Lake Shore Bone & Joint Institute Orthopedic Surgeon, of Chesterton
  • Anthony C. Levenda, M.D., Lake Shore Bone & Joint Institute Orthopedic Surgeon, of Chesterton
  • Michael McGee, M.D., Methodist Hospitals Director of Northwest Emergency Associates Physicians
  • Okechukwu Valentine Nwogbo, M.B.B.S., M.D., IUSM-Northwest Post-Doctoral Fellow, of Anambra, Nigeria
  • Nancy R. O’Keefe, M.S., IUSM-Northwest Visiting Lecturer of Anatomy, of Schererville
  • Richard Rocco, Jr., LPO, Rocco Prosthetics & Orthotic Center Owner, of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Joseph F. Schwartz, M.D., Bone & Joint Specialists, of Merrillville
  • Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Lake Shore Bone & Joint Institute Orthopedic Surgeon, of Chesterton
  • Dwight S. Tyndall, M.D.,  F.A.A.O.S., Spine Care Specialists, of Munster
  • J. B. VanMeter, IN Motion Orthopaedics, Inc. Distributor Principal and President, representing DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction, of Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Thomas M. Wilson, LO/CO, Rocco Prosthetics & Orthotic Center Orthotic Technician, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Program Sponsors:

  • Richard Rocco, Jr., LPO, Rocco Prosthetics & Orthotic Center Owner, of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Gregory J. Sarkisian, Sarkisian & Fleming, of Portage
  • Zimmer, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
  • Gino Joseph, MORTECH Manufacturing, of Azusa, Calif.
  • Methodist Hospitals South Lake Campus, Imaging Services, of Merrillville
  • IN Motion Orthopaedics, Inc., Representing DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction, of Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest, of Gary

Contributors:

  • Richard Rocco, Jr., LPO, Rocco Prosthetics & Orthotic Center Owner, of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Anthony C. Levenda, M.D., Lake Shore Bone & Joint Institute Orthopedic Surgeon, of Chesterton
  • Michael McGee, M.D., Methodist Hospitals Director of Northwest Emergency Associates Physicians
  • Methodist Hospitals ER Physicians
  • Joseph F. Schwartz, M.D., Bone & Joint Specialists, of Merrillville
  • Donald Fesko, CEO, and Community Hospital, of Munster
  • Jennifer L. Lockhart, Franciscan Alliance
  • David Wilkinson, President, Strack & Van Til, L.L.C., of Highland
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Donald and Patti Hiemstra, Area Glass, of St. John
  • American Association of Anatomists
  • Donna DeGradi, IU Northwest Bookstore, of Gary
  • Ethicon, Inc., of San Angelo, Texas
  • Mark A. Jaffe, D.P.M., Nova Southeastern University, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Radiologic Sciences, IU Northwest, of Gary
  • John Misch, Owner & Operator, The Honey Baked Ham Company, of Merrillville
  • Schererville Florist & Gift Shop, of Schererville
  • Crown Trophy, of Merrillville
  • Ronn Wade (Director) and Dan Hensley, University of Maryland Baltimore, Anatomical Services Division, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center

For more information, visit the Web at http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/research-programs/talarico-lab/cadaver.

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