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Making the Cut: Students Selected for Prestigious Prosection Program



From left: Mark Jaffe, D.P.M., associate professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences; Beric Berlioz; Daniel Vesco; Ernest F. Talarico, Jr., Ph.D., associate director of medical education at the Indiana University School of Medicine—Northwest; Faria Fatmi; Claire Verret; and Emily Schmitt, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of biological science in the college.



Four students from the Farquhar College of Arts of Sciences have been selected to participate in the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine—Northwest (IUSM-NW) in Gary, Indiana this Summer.

Each year, donors bequeath their bodies to medical education and basic scientific and clinical research. The prosection program recruits students interested in medical school and clinical and basic sciences and educates them in anatomy, dissection, and radiology through a series of workshops. The experience provides intensive, hands-on education for students pursuing careers in medicine. Students also have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

Selected this year from the college to participate in the prestigious program are biology majors Beric Berlioz, Faria Fatmi, Claire Verret, and Daniel Vesco. The students are among 42 participants selected from more than 150 applicants worldwide.

On May 9, Ernest F. Talarico, Jr., Ph.D., associate director of medical education at IUSM-NW and the creator of prosection program, visited NSU to speak about the program and officially acknowledge the accepted students.

At the foundation of the program is the Talarico Protocol for Human Gross Anatomy, which emphasizes the donors as patients not cadavers. “We acknowledge the contributions and gifts of our donors in giving themselves for scientific research,” Talarico said. To this end, the students learn how to treat the bodies with respect, and they also learn the personal stories of the donors by speaking with their family members and friends.

For more information about the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program, contact Mark Jaffe, D.P.M., associate professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, at (954) 262-8083. To learn more about the college’s past participation in this annual program, visit the prosection Spotlight page.

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