GCU anatomy students collaborate with the doctoral school

Michael Bodeen, head of the Human Dissection faculty (in hat), and his students in the Master of Anatomy program lead anatomy classes in the cadaver labs for doctoral students at Franklin Pierce University.

Story of Lana Sweeten-Shults
Photos by Garrett Ohrenberg

GCU News Desk

Dr Letha Zookchair of Franklin Pierce University’s physical therapy doctoral program, could almost hear it: the sound of spinning gears inside her students’ heads as they stared in wonder at the human brain in the cadaver dissection lab. from Grand Canyon University.

Nearby, a student from the GCU Mastering Anatomy Program (MAP) showed parts of the brain to graduate students, who are working on their doctorate in physical therapy.

Students at Franklin Pierce University were able to observe a dissection by a GCU student up close.

In an adjacent anatomy station, Jacob Lahtia recent GCU biology grad with a pre-med focus — and a former MAP student — said, “You mentioned the plantaris, I’m sure,” pointing out the long, thin muscle behind the knee on a laboratory corpses.

“How do you tell the difference between a vein and an artery?” asked one of Franklin Pierce’s students.

“The veins are usually darker,” Lahti replied.

The anatomy jokes took place on a recent Friday morning in GCU’s cadaver labs on the first floor of the Tech Building, where more than a dozen students from the Franklin Pierce School of Physical Therapy took a lesson in practical anatomy on campus cadavers. .

And they did it with the help of students from the master’s anatomy program, led by Michael Bodeen, head of the human dissection faculty at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

“They’ve done all their anatomy already, but they didn’t use cadavers (at Franklin Pierce), so it’s kind of a way for them to look at the cadavers and see the depth of the material,” Zook said. .

“It’s kind of hard to see that in a book.”

This summer marked the first time Goodyear-based Franklin Pierce University collaborated with GCU.

“We are very impressed with Michael Bodeen’s MAP program,” said Zook. “The students coming out of there are already ready to go, at least through our freshman process.”

The intense, multi-year initiative takes students on a deep dive into anatomy and prepares them for graduate school.

Franklin Pierce students (pictured) have completed their anatomy classes but had a chance to see the depth of the material they studied by interacting with students from GCU’s Mastering Anatomy program in the cadaver labs at the University.

One of the cornerstones of the program is its mentorship model. Once a student masters the anatomy of certain organ systems or anatomical regions, they move into leadership roles in the lab and begin to teach and mentor other students entering the program.

This model of student-to-student mentoring was in action when Franklin Pierce visited.

Lahti said of her work with these students, “I love sharing this knowledge. Of course, it also helps me keep it (the material) fresh, so it’s always nice.

by Franklin Pierce Jennifer Torres said being in GCU’s Corpse Labs was a great opportunity.

“We don’t see that (the human body) in its entirety in our classes,” she said. She often studies, say, just the upper limb or the lower limb. “Seeing him as a full body really brings the picture closer.”

David Devinanother Franklin Pierce graduate student, worked on cadavers during his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University.

What he loved about GCU’s cadaver labs: being able to see the different areas of the brain after recently learning about the different types of strokes.

“It was interesting to see the vessels, and if clots were to occur, how the corresponding area is affected,” he said.

Zook and Bodeen see the partnership between universities becoming more than just hands-on, experiential learning.

It is also a way to connect GCU students to higher education.

A GCU student (above) shares his knowledge of anatomy with graduate students. The collaboration with Franklin Pierce is a good way to connect GCU students to graduate school, said anatomy professor Michael Bodeen.

“We have a lot of students trying to get into the PT school. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with them (at Franklin Pierce) and show them what we have – and spread the MAP and research (and design) program,” said Jordan Davisa GCU biology senior with a focus on pre-physician assistant.

Zook added: “It’s good for them (GCU pre-health students) to have physiotherapy students around. It is important to encourage other students to go out into the field.

Bodeen is particularly excited about the partnership. He hopes this collaboration will lead to even bigger projects.

“I have some research interest in the treatment of facet syndrome and deep back problems,” he said. “We could potentially embark on joint research projects, something that would be publishable. Maybe there’s this whole positive event of, we now have publishable articles coming out of what we’re doing.

Zook, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, said she also thought about bringing physical therapists to GCU for clinical anatomy.

“We’re trying to find ways to maximize what they do here at GCU along with the rest of the physical therapy community,” she said.

And what they’re doing at GCU, Lahti said, has the cogs spinning in his head, even now — something he hopes will continue to share with students at Franklin Pierce University and beyond as he goes from MAP student to assistant instructor at GCU.

“I remember what it was like when I started here and how cool I thought everything was. I love being on the other side of the fence now and sharing that with other people, especially when they’ve never seen corpses before.

“Not only are you showing them what they’ve learned (in their books and their classrooms), but you’re also getting this reaction to something totally new and different. It’s just great fun.

GCU Senior Editor Lana Sweeten-Shults can be reached at [email protected] or at 603-639-7901.

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