Dissection Laboratory

Dissection and clinical cases introduce anatomical variation. Apollo’s dissection laboratory provides an opportunity for self-directed learning and 3-D awareness of anatomy. It allows haptic (based on a sense of touch) appreciation of 3-D anatomy, unlike any other teaching facility.

Structures will be identified based on characteristics such as source, target, attachments, and/or relationship with other structures, not by rote. Teams of seven students will actively learn anatomy through dissection, discussion of clinical cases, palpation, and examination of prosected materials, radiographs, and cross-sectional images.

Anatomy faculty will both give lectures designed to emphasize concepts, structure, and function and be present in the laboratory to give individualized assistance in the performing and understanding of the day’s dissection. Our students feel empowered to analyze, synthesize, and apply anatomy to the development of a clinical diagnosis crucial for patient care.

Histology Lab (Virtual (E)- Histology)

Structure Reveals Function

Virtual Histology Slide Box teaches the visual art of recognizing the structure of cells and tissues derived from their function. All cellular function rests on the spatial and physiological place of the cells within tissues. Histology is the study of those tissues, their cellular composition, and the functional relationships of those cells. It enables students to predict and understand organ behavior and function.

The course content is covered in lectures, small group laboratories, the examination of gross specimens and digitized glass slides, and in microscopic tutorials on multi-headed microscopes. The chronologic progression through the histology components is closely correlated with the regional anatomy being covered simultaneously in the Gross Anatomy unit.

Students solve structural problems by analyzing data directly obtained with light (virtual) microscopic observations. Our virtual slide collection houses a large number of light microscopic (LM) images of the four basic tissues and the body’s major organ systems.

The laboratory modules are designed to help students achieve two principal course objectives:

Describe how cells divide, differentiate, and control their shapes and activities to produce basic tissue types. Explain how their microscopic characteristics produce the functions of these tissues and their specialized subtypes.

Identify the histology and microscopic morphology of tissues and organs through the use of light and electron microscopy and discuss the functional aspects of the identified tissues.

The ability to identify tissue abnormalities is a critical diagnostic tool and an irreplaceable field for the correct interpretation of clinical cases, their diagnosis, and prognosis.

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