Gaining Practical Insight
Jul 18, 2011
On September 1, the students in the medical assisting degree program at the Columbus Campus had a unique opportunity to gain practical insight into their profession. Director of Health Care Education Beth Laurenz arranged a field trip to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office to view an autopsy being performed. This experience allowed the students to see firsthand the anatomical structures they study in their textbooks, an opportunity that student Tonya Reavish greatly appreciated. “Some of the terminology I’ve learned came to light,” she said, adding that, “some parts of the body are larger than what we see normally in our textbooks.”
While performing the autopsy, the pathologist described the functions of many of the interior organs and made sure to show them to the students. He also went into detail about the various disease processes that can affect the body and, when possible, he pointed out the results of those diseases in the organs. This field trip had a powerful influence on the students. They learned a lot and they all said that it’s something that will remain firmly planted in their memories for a long time.
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)