This July, Logan University hosted 30 St. Louis area high school students for its third annual A.C.E.S. (Anatomy Centered Education and Science) Workshop. This exclusive experience offers hands-on activities and lecture presentations to educate students on physical body and anatomy systems as well as provide health and wellness information.
Throughout the week, students participated in a variety of immersive activities, including full cadaver dissection overview, a human brain dissection, a suturing workshop and an eye dissection. Students who participated in the A.C.E.S. Workshop plan to enter various fields including neurology, neurosurgery, medicine, forensic medical fields, and engineering
“The A.C.E.S. program continues to expand and improve every year, and based on participant comments and feedback, this was our best year yet,” said Dr. Underkofler. “The students were enthusiastic and had such a hunger for knowledge. The success of the program is due in large part to the engaging and practical approach of the instructors.”
Nidhi Kumpati, a rising junior who had just completed her first A.C.E.S. Workshop, commented on her favorite experience—a suturing class.
“We were able to use the same equipment that neurosurgeons would use, so it was a cool way to see how an actual surgery is performed. I’ve always been interested in the surgical profession, and this experience helped me realize it might be what I want to do in the future,” she said.
Dr. Underkofler said she looks forward to enhancing next year’s curriculum by including more hands-on opportunities for the students. Registration for the 2020 A.C.E.S. Workshop will open this September.