Outside of the exercise biology/music courses I took, anatomy is my favorite class. There are a number of reasons as to why I chose this program, but I was especially excited that we’d actually get to dissect our own cadavers (in teams of 5, but still). I didn’t think I’d get to do this until medical school! When I bring this up though, people tend to give me weird stares. I assure you, it’s not because I dream of cutting people open (I’m fairly certain that I have no interest in surgery), but I really like all the knowledge that I’ll be able to learn from it.
In the interest of remaining respectful towards the cadavers (and the fact that it’s completely illegal), I won’t be posting pictures of any dissections. There are apparently 6000 cadavers in the body donor system for the state of New Jersey. Our class is using 8 of them. Since I’ve taken anatomy before, I’m fairly used to working with prosections and cadavers. I’ve gotten so used to the smell of formaldehyde/formalin (or in this case, phenol) that I honestly don’t notice it anymore. The lab was the first place I made a beeline for when I got my ID. I can apparently swipe myself in there at any hour of the day. :O
We dissected the back last week and I worked with one of my lab partners this week to dissect out the left brachial plexus. It makes me happy when I can inwardly answer every question that our professor throws toward us. I wish he were still doing the brachial plexus drawing challenge. (I find it surprising that I would be the first one to ever get it all right.) I’d totally take him up on it to earn 10 bucks. ;_; That’s several meals right there.
In case there was ever a time where you happened to doubt my identity, I now have four ID’s on top of my CA ID and driver’s license to prove you wrong. :O