Student Perception of Cadaver Dissection

Kitrell, Brittney, Eric Spicuzza, and Mary Tracy Bee

Dissecting cadavers is a vital part of educating health professionals as they are exposed to the three-dimensionality of the human body. The uniqueness they observe in each cadaver is representative of the diversity the will encounter in their patients. While the benefits of cadaver dissections are well known and well documented, this experience may prove to be one of emotional hardship for students.

This study investigates student perception before and after they conduct dissection or observation of the cadaver. We investigated differences in perception among students of different religious affiliations, age groups, races and sex. Data is pending and will be presented.