Bodies were donated to medical students at the University of Touro

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — As Nevada’s largest medical school and division of an international university system, Touro University’s Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a distinctive osteopathic approach.

They recently invited us to their anatomy lab and we had the opportunity to chat with students, the dean and the CEO about the respect shown to the students’ very first patients.

Pranati Shah, a second year osteopathic medicine student, shares her experience of holding a scalpel for the first time.

“I was definitely nervous but also excited,” Shah said. The first moment she says she started her medical journey in the anatomy lab at Touro University Nevada.

“We’re all assigned a specific corpse that we work on in groups of two to four,” Shah said.

No two bodies are the same, so students can examine the bodies of other groups.

These bodies are donated to Touro by the University of North Texas.

A gift of direct learning from someone who has given their body to science.

“This is the foundation of medicine, learning everything about the muscles, bones, nerves, arteries and everything in the body, how it’s all connected,” she added.

Shelley Berkley is Senior Provost and CEO of Touro University Nevada.

“It’s critical to their education, their mission,” Berkley described. “We have a good faith belief that when you leave Touro and practice medicine, you will be the best providers possible.”

The learning achieved in this state-of-the-art laboratory is an environment of growth that pushes students forward in everything they do.

dr Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada.

An anatomy lab that “hands on” dissects is a right of passage, really one where you learn professionalism, dedication and consistency in how you speak to your patients, all things we take for granted,” Gilliar said.

At the end of the school year, students have the opportunity to thank the donor in a ‘White Rose Donor Appreciation Ceremony’.

“Our moment to give back and show appreciation to the people who gave us their bodies,” Shah said.

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