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Engineering, meet AnatomyOctober 19, 2018

iBioMed combines the best parts of McMaster University’s health sciences and engineering programs. This year our inaugural class started to dive deeper into the world of health sciences, so we took some time to check out McMaster’s Anatomy Lab!

In Level II iBioMed students begin to take more courses on human physiology and anatomy. These courses give them the opportunity to work and learn in McMaster’s anatomy lab. We took some time to chat about the lab and get to know the Senior Instructional Assistant, Courtney Pitt, who will be working with our students this year!

Name: Courtney Pitt
Position at McMaster: Senior Instructional Assistant
Lab: Faculty of Health Science's Anatomy Lab

Fun fact about yourself?

"I’ve played hockey most of life and still do to this day. I play both ball hockey and ice hockey but love all sports!"

Favorite fact about the Anatomy Lab?

"Our Anatomy Lab is one of the few across Canada that allows undergraduate students into the lab. It is a wonderful privilege and learning opportunity for our students. We strive to provide the best education and learning environment and are happy we are able to provide this unique learning opportunity to McMaster students."

The most interesting specimen(s) in the Anatomy Lab?

"One of my personal favorites is a specimen of a heart with a ball-in-cage valve replacement. Although this method is no longer used for valve replacements, I particularly enjoy this specimen as it brings the history of how modern medicine came to be. It brings together medicine, engineering and general problem solving to fix a condition that was potentially fatal."

Best memory/project from working in the Anatomy Lab?

"I would have to say my best memory from working in the Anatomy Lab actually comes every year. It is the time we get to thank the donor’s families at the Service of Gratitude every May. Throughout the academic terms, thousands of students come to the lab to learn more about the human body and how it functions. I think it is important that the families are thanked on behalf of all students and the lab for the selfless donation of their loved one to educate future primary healthcare professionals."


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