Indian Lake High School Anatomy students recently dialed in to a remote autopsy to learn more about how the systems of the human body can work or can fail.
About 20 of science educator Bythe Moorhouse’s students watched a 90-minute interactive COSI Medical Autopsy performed at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Medical residents narrated live the pre-recorded procedure on a recently deceased 63-year old male. Several other Ohio schools watched the autopsy, as well.
Students were able to see the order of organ removal, ask questions from the examining physician and help determine the man’s cause of death.
Moorhouse says after studying every system of the body throughout the year, this was a perfect wrap-up for her class.
“I most enjoyed the problem-solving aspect and watching them discover the unknown issues this person was having that had never been diagnosed while searching for the actual cause of death. I felt they were very respectful with the body, as well,” said Moorhouse.
Senior MaryAnn Wahl says, “It was so interesting to see the things we learned about in class right there in reality. I found the part where they removed the brain the most interesting.”
“I liked watching how you could take out the whole organ block as one piece, I also enjoyed watching how they created small samples for viewing under the microscope,” says senior Melanie Watkins.
The autopsy revealed previously undiagnosed kidney cancer, coronary blockages and gall stones. However, the physicians, with help from the students, determined the cause of death to be a massive bacterial infection in the bowel.
Students were able to take with them a workbook provided by the COSI Center for School and Community Partnerships that details the case history and autopsy procedure.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.