Cadaver lab opens at Minot State University

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The cadaver lab at Minot State is one of just two such labs at public institutions in North Dakota.

“The usual way of teaching a course in the past has been with plastic models with animal organs a cow heart or a sheep eye,” said lab supervisor Dr. Aaron Ament. 

Dr. Aaron Ament says the problem with using plastic and animal organs is that they don’t always correlate to what human anatomy actually is. 

“These were people and so the fact that they lived lives –they’ve used every organ which means that they are going to look subtly different from body to body and that’s how patients are in a hospital,” said Dr. Aaron Ament. 


The cadavers will be used by students learning Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. 


“You take the anatomy and you work your way from the outside to the inside and you stop and observe everything along the way,” said Dr. Aaron Ament. 


Giving students the hands on experience they’ll need when they apply to either a graduate school or any job in the medical field. 

“To really be hands on I think is just an amazing opportunity for the students,” said Michael Hanson a student. 

whether it’s you know a PA or medical or Chiropractor the fact that they know exactly hands on what the inside looks like I think it’s going to look fantastic on a resume,” said Hanson. 


Nathalie Gomez reporting: Aside from the students getting hands on training the university actually saves money in the long run. 

“The cadavers only cost a few thousand dollars to actually prepare and send but we would spend many times more than that for the large population of students providing animal organs for them all,” said Dr. Aaron Ament. 

Dr. Ament hopes the cadaver lab will bring more students to Minot State.

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