New SynDavers enhance hands-on learning for WSU Applebaum students
The Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pathologists' Assistant program recently acquired two life-sized SynDavers, realistic human models made of synthetic tissue.
"All simulated muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organs mimic the mechanical and physical properties of live tissue. These new models are going to significantly enhance the training of our Pathologists' Assistant students before beginning their clinical rotations in a few months," said Program Director Lou Kramer.
In preparation for their Autopsy Techniques and Forensic Pathology laboratory course this semester, Pathologists' Assistant students reviewed human anatomy with the SynDavers. (Photos of this event are below.) First-year student Olivia Harkins commented at the end of the lab session, "Everyone was beyond excited about them!"
The SynDavers will be available to all WSU Applebaum students as part of their medical education, training and clinical simulation.
In addition to their use in health professional training, SynDavers are also being used by for evaluation and testing of new medical devices and consumer products, as well as for surgical training and by the military for ballistic testing and combat casualty training.
Established in 1989, the WSU Applebaum Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program is one of only 13 in the United States and Canada accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) to train students in the highly specialized field of anatomic pathology. Information meetings for prospective students take place at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The application due date for spring 2023 has been extended to March 1, with an adjusted application procedure due to issues with GradCAS. All prerequisite coursework must have been completed by Dec. 30, 2022.
An anchor in urban health care
The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels – from undergraduates to veteran faculty members – translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 25,000 students.