PC anatomy class observes autopsy via satellite

PORT CLINTON Some people get queasy at the sight of blood. Students, observing an autopsy via satell
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Some people get queasy at the sight of blood. Students, observing an autopsy via satellite, proved they have iron stomachs.

Port Clinton High School students watched as doctors at The Ohio State University University Medical Center in Columbus dissected a cadaver and examined organs for disease and causes of death.

Senior Sarah Higgins, 18, thought she would be sick the first time she saw the video.

"I thought I would be, but it's not bad," said Higgins, who plans to attend OSU and major in zoology and veterinary medicine.

Higgins is one of 22 PCHS students taking the anatomy and physiology class, which emphasizes hands-on work.

"There's only so much you can learn in a book," Higgins said. The video conference is "a good way to learn."

Before students see the video conference, they review the patient's medical history and research autopsy procedures and images of healthy/diseased organs. Then they send in a report to the OSU University Medical Center indicating the cause of death.

Eileen Meisler, the anatomy, physiology and biology teacher, has been teaching the class at Port Clinton for 15 years. The video conference has been in use to teach students for the past eight years.

"It's an excellent course," Meisler said. "They get a real solid foundation."

Sarah Boss, 18, plans to attend Wright State University next year and major in nursing. She took the course to prepare herself for college-level classes.

"If you should take any anatomy class it's helpful because (in college) it's recognizable instead of brand new," Boss said. "I recommend anyone taking it who's going into medicine."

Many students who take the class pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, nursing and pharmacy, Meisler said. Yet, some students are not going into any of these fields.

"I just really wanted to broaden my horizons," said Jason Cellier, 17, who plans to major in political science at Wheaton College in Chicago.

"In life it can be good to have a decent understanding of the body so that if you're health goes bad you kind of understand what's going on," Meisler said.

The autopsy procedure was the fourth in a series of medical operations viewed by satellite. Students have witnessed two heart bypass surgeries and a knee replacement surgery.

This year marks the second year that the autopsy procedure has been shown in the class.