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COSI Autopsy Project

As anatomy students you will be participating in a virtual autopsy.  This autopsy will be conducted in front of you with live feed so that we will discuss with the examiner what is happening.  There will be times to ask questions.  It will be important that you have some background knowledge so that you can ask questions that will help determine the cause of death.  

To prepare for this project groups of 5 or 4 people will become experts on an organ or two.  Each group will present their findings to the rest of the class in order to spread the knowledge.  Because each organ could be deceased in the deceased it will be important that both the characteristics and visuals for healthy as well as diseased are presented to the group.  There are a multitude of diseases/problems with each organ.  The groups will be given information on the background of our deceased to narrow down potential diseases/problems to those that are more applicable to the case


Below are resources for the project

The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education:A site with a lot of photographs of various organs with trauma and diseases described. This site uses a lot of medical terminology, which may be confusing to students; however, it does have case studies that illustrate exactly what forensic pathologists do.

Human Anatomy Online:  This interactive site will allow students to explore the organs and systems of the human body.

 Australia Museum: Death – The Last Taboo:  This site has an interactive autopsy. Students will be able to work through the steps of an autopsy.

Science and Nature: Human Body & Mind:    This site has a great interactive organ game that will help students understand basic human anatomy.

Virtual Autopsy from the University of Leicester:  This interactive site has several cases where students get a patient profile. Students can then look at various images of both the organs and histology slides with information from the autopsy. Students then decide what they think was the cause of death. There is a high level of medical terminology.


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Donna Hertel,
Mar 28, 2016, 10:32 AM
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