- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A class of 42 aspiring physician assistants is studying in Idaho State University’s newly opened cadaver lab.

The $6 million L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories complex opened in August, with 12 students attending through a partnership with The College of Idaho, the Idaho Statesman reported (https://bit.ly/1PBOinn).

Students this year are among the first at the university’s Meridian Health Sciences Center to use cadavers in studying anatomy. A University of Utah program donated bodies for study.

A public-private partnership partly funded the project, which started taking shape in 2011. The chief donation came from the charitable trust of the Skaggs drugstore chain founder and his wife, both deceased.

The Bioskills Learning Lab is expected to open at the complex in the spring. Saint Alphonsus Health System CEO Rodney Reider said the lab will house some of the most advanced technology available.

“These skills help to prepare students to make an immediate and meaningful contribution to our staff as soon as they graduate, and help to develop and retain top talent right here in our own communities,” he said.

Susan Schram is a 22-year-old physician assistant student who felt the soft tissue beneath a dead woman’s chest during a recent day in the lab.

“It kind of gives you a depth and some sort of perception of what the human body feels like,” she said. “When I become a physician assistant I will be seeing the surface (of a patient). I need to understand what is underneath.”


Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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