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May 1 is deadline for applications to the National Human Cadaver Prosection Program at IU School of Medicine -- Northwest

Participants spend two days prepping anatomical donors for upcoming gross anatomy students; program open to college students, non-healthcare professionals

The National Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine — Northwest continues to accept applications for its July 2008 session. The deadline to submit application materials is May 1.

The Human Cadaver Prosection Program offers college students, healthcare workers and non-healthcare professionals who have an interest in anatomy the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in gross anatomy while helping to prepare anatomical donors for upcoming med-school classes. This year’s program will take place on Wednesday, July 30, and Thursday, July 31, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. Two evenings of preparatory work in June will also be required as part of the seminar.

Participants will work under the supervision of trained professionals and alongside med and pre-med students, healthcare workers, and others who are interested in learning more about the human body. All will gain extensive, hands-on experience in professionally dissecting human cadavers, and they will receive intensive exposure to human gross anatomy and radiology.

Those who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion, an honorarium, and certification for work with biohazards and blood-borne pathogens.

As the award-winning prosection program’s reputation has grown in recent years, so to has competition for the 27 to 30 available slots. Last year’s group included participants from Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, in addition to those from Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area. Applicants to the National Human Cadaver Prosection Program must take part in a personal interview as part of the selection process.

Prior participants have included pre-med and pre-vet students, nursing, radiological technology and mortuary-science students, and other undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teachers, attorneys, lab technicians, and professional people not working in the health field. All that is required is an interest in human anatomy, the willingness to work hard as part of a team, and a respectful attitude toward those anatomical donors who have dedicated their bodies to the cause of medical education.

As part of this year’s seminar, sponsor Zimmer Orthopedics will conduct a special lecture presentation, and accepted applicants will participate in a hands-on orthopedic workshop. Also, Continuing Medical Education credits are offered for completion of the prosection program.

More information and application materials are available online at Inquiries may also be directed to program director Ernest Talarico, Jr., Ph.D., at (219) 981-4356, or via email at



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