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Applications being accepted for the 2010 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at IU School of Medicine - Northwest

Volunteers will assist in preparing gross-anatomy donors as part of unique medical education program; deadline to apply is April 15

Josh Garza Med School Participant

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A volunteer prosector works to prepare a body donor for an upcoming gross-anatomy class at the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the IU School of Medicine - Northwest.

The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program (IHCPP) at the Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest is now accepting applications for its 2010 session. This hands-on medical education program, the only one of its kind in the country, allows students and working professionals, including non-healthcare professionals, the opportunity to learn anatomy by working in the medical school’s gross anatomy lab.

This year’s program is scheduled for Aug. 3 – 5, 2010, in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building on the campus of Indiana University Northwest at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind.

All participants will learn human gross anatomy, radiology/medical imaging, and the art of skillful dissection of human cadavers. The cadaver program is an intensive, hands-on experience in which volunteers work under the supervision of trained prosectors. Participants who complete the program receive a certificate of completion and certification for

work with biohazards and blood-borne pathogens. Special awards will be presented for outstanding prosection work.

Representatives from Zimmer, Inc. (Zimmer Orthopedics) will conduct an on-site surgical orthopedic workshop during the program. Rocco Prosthetics will present a special prosthetic session. (CME Credit is offered).

Volunteers who are accepted into the program will be asked to attend three preparatory classes in June, including an anatomy-research and hands-on clinical session. (Out-of-state participants are welcome to participate in the June sessions but are not required to do so.)

Volunteers will also have the opportunity in July to assist and observe as this year’s body donors are given x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRIs, with the cooperation and assistance of Methodist Hospitals Imaging Services at the hospital’s Merrillville campus. Undergraduate students from the radiological sciences program at IU Northwest will also participate in this effort. Use of these imaging techniques provides detailed images of the body donors that prosectors and medical students are able to use as aids to learning and dissection.

This year’s formal August program will begin with a new suturing workshop on Aug. 3, followed by a welcome reception for IHCPP participants. The Cadaver Prosection program itself will be held on Wed., Aug. 4, and Thurs., Aug. 5, 2010, from 7:45 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Applicants for this program need not be medical professional or pre-medical students to participate. Prior participants have included students from a variety of fields, including pre-med, pre-vet, nursing, radiological technology, and mortuary-science students, and undergraduate and graduate students from other disciplines, as well as teachers, attorneys, lab technicians, etc.

In recent years, IUSM-NW has hosted volunteers from across the United States and overseas. The number of applicants grows each year.

Application materials must be received no later than April 15, 2010, to be considered for this year’s IHCPP program. Participants will be selected in mid-May.

This year’s sponsors include: ZIMMER Orthopedics (Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, Ind.); Rocco Prosthetics & Orthotic Center (Cincinnati, Ohio), and MORTECH Manufacturing (Azusa, Calif.).

For more information, or to download application materials, visit the Web at



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Medical students and undergraduate radiography students work together to decipher film taken of body donors at the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program.