LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Undergraduate science students at Cameron University will get a rare opportunity to work on actual human cadavers, starting with the summer semester.
Thursday, the school unveiled its new state-of-the-art gross anatomy lab to the public. Previously, undergraduate students have only been able to dissect individual body parts, or observe plastic models. Cameron University Assistant Professor of biology Ron Gaines said working with the cadavers will give the students valuable experience that is usually reserved for upperclassmen.
"Not everybody looks like the pictures in their textbook, or the standard plastic models you order from anatomical supply. So, every individual we dissect is going to be different. There's going to be variation and that's an important concept for anybody going into the medical field," said Gaines.
The lab features state-of-the-art dissection tools, surgical quality lamps and video recording capability. It was made possible through a grant from the McMahon Foundation.