A.C.E.S. Workshop gives high school students exclusive anatomy and health sciences learning opportunities

August 17, 2018 -- Logan University recently hosted 29 students for its A.C.E.S. Workshop (Anatomy Centered Education and Science). During this unique experience, St. Louis area high school students interested in anatomy and health sciences participated in hands-on activities and lecture presentations provided by more than 15 Logan faculty, staff members and students.

Now in its third year, the A.C.E.S. Workshop is organized under Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS. “What sets this program apart from other summer programs in St. Louis is that it offers personalized, small group learning experiences taught by experts in various professions in the health field,” she said.

Over the course of the week, students were exposed various topics ranging from function of the human heart and infectious disease to the human respiratory system, radiology applications, and common musculoskeletal injuries. Hands-on activities in Logan’s cadaver lab included a full cadaver dissection overview, a human brain dissection, a suturing workshop and an eye dissection.

Josey, a rising senior from Fort Zumwalt West High School, said of her first time in the cadaver lab, “I really loved suturing and spending time in the cadaver lab. Something like that is so important to experience because you can’t go into certain professions without knowing how you will react in a situation like that.”

Robert Powell, MS, ATC, EMT, CSCS, director of sports and activities at Logan, spent an afternoon teaching students about emergency athletic procedures and athletic training. They learned about protective and preventative care against injuries and illness, rehabilitation programs and heard real-life stories from Robert’s experience as an athletic trainer.

Students who participated in the A.C.E.S. Workshop plan to enter various fields including neurology, neurosurgery, medicine and engineering.


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