International Human Cadaver Prosection Program begins July 30

2013-07-23T14:02:00Z International Human Cadaver Prosection Program begins July 30Erika Rose | Office of Marketing and Communications for Indiana University Northwest

GARY | The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program, a unique medical program held at the Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest located in Gary, Ind., will take place July 30 through Aug. 1.

Fifty-four individuals have been selected to participate in the 2013 summer prosection program. The participants will prepare the body donors for the incoming gross anatomy class by removing the donors’ skin and body fat to expose organs, muscles and other anatomical structures.

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

Participants 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.


·Tuesday, July 30 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Workshops (Suturing; Prosthetics & Orthotics)

·Wednesday, July 31 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.): Cadaver Prosection – Day 1

·Thursday, August 1 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.): Cadaver Prosection – Day 2 – NOTE: A memorial service honoring the donors will take place around 1 p.m.

Events take place throughout the day and include Total Knee Arthroplasty and Brain and Spinal Cord Workshops; please call prior to coming to ensure optimal interview access.


Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest

Dunes Medical/Professional Building (located on corner of Jefferson St. and 35th Ave.), 3400 Broadway, Gary

·The workshop and prosection will occur in or around the gross anatomy lab.

·The memorial service will start outside Dunes on the east side of the building; will continue in the gross anatomy lab.


Dr. Talarico takes an innovative approach (the Talarico Protocol for Human Gross Anatomy; Clinical Anatomy, March 2013) to gross anatomy education by emphasizing the dignity and humanity of the body donors. These donors essentially become the prosectors’ and fall medical students’ first patients.

As part of the ‘Talarico Protocol’, prosectors, student radiographers and the fall semester medical students are given the opportunity to correspond with, and sometimes even meet the families of the donors. It’s an experience, Talarico believes, that can have a fundamental impact on the medical students’ future interactions with patients.

Talarico’s approach of bringing humanity into the gross anatomy lab has been praised by medical schools around the world, including Nova Southeastern University, Universidad Autonoma De Madrid, and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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