Photo: David Gordon, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine, teaches Nativity School 7th graders about tissue dissection and human anatomy
Students from the Durham Nativity School recently participated in a hands-on anatomy workshop as part of an educational outreach program from the Duke Department of Surgery.
The Academic Success Through Surgical Education and Training (ASSET) program aims to foster high achievement in science through surgical education for financially disadvantaged students at the Nativity School. The Department of Surgery has partnered with the Nativity School in providing career mentorship and educational assistance to nurture the students’ intellectual curiosity and to prepare them for medical school, residency, and beyond.
On Wednesday, 7th graders from the school visited the Duke Human Fresh Tissue Laboratory where they learned about human anatomy from fresh tissue specimens. After scrubbing in and gowning up, the students joined several work stations positioned throughout the lab. Station leaders instructed the students on the correct techniques for dissecting tissue with surgical tools while explaining the different parts of the anatomy to the students.
Station leaders from Duke included ASSET program leader Linda Cendales, MD, Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery; Frank Leopardi; Obinna Adibe, MD, Division of Pediatric General Surgery; Gayle DiLalla, MD, Division of Advanced Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Surgery; David Gordon, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine; Karenia Soto, MD, General Surgery Resident; Ariel Schulman, MD, Urologic Oncology Fellow; and Beth Hollister, RN. Other participants from Duke included Mackenzie McRae, Terri Lucas, Diego Zapata, and Kelly Franke.
Dr. Cendales would like to thank Mary Anderson, Rita Weber, Ellen Hollbrook, Mary Pickard, Beverly King, Kate Ulrich, Clinton Leiweke, Ted Pappas, James Bolognesi, and Steve Wilson for their help to coordinate the activity.