Anatomy lessons at the morgue, a privilege for future doctors

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Anatomy lessons at the morgue, a privilege for future doctors

Medical students feel privileged to be able to learn through the organs of a deceased person. For them, donating their bodies to science is an essential tool for their learning.

New Brunswick Center for Medical Education student anatomy classes are held at the mortuary of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Center.< /p>

The future doctors of the Moncton campus of the Université de Sherbrooke are more than grateful. They have access, as part of their training, to bodies that have been donated to science.

The body donation program in the Atlantic is managed by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, which receives these bodies, prepares them and then sends them to the various institutions that request them.

At the CHU Dumont in Moncton, two bodies are currently available to professors and students of the faculty of medicine.

We in medicine, when we start, we start to understand what is going wrong in the body. But first, you have to understand what is going well in the body, and the basis of that is anatomy, explains Kaylee Rose Dugas, a 2nd year student.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">Kaylee Rose Dugas is a medical student at the New Brunswick Medical Training Center in Moncton.

Medical students go to the basement of the CHU Dumont, where the morgue is located, to take their anatomy classes.

Dr. Léonie Beauchamp is a pathologist at CHU Dumont and a clinical teaching professor. According to her, the gift of the body is essential to learning the basics of medicine, namely anatomy.

When you have access to a body and its organs, you can see them, you can touch them, you can see their texture, it helps to understand certain things and it really crystallizes everything that the students have learned in their books, she says.

Anatomy classes taught by Dr. Beauchamp are the first contact students have with an inanimate body. Some dread this moment, not knowing what to expect.

I was very nervous the first time, I was the most nervous of the group, launches Kaylee Rose Dugas, who remembers being very surprised by the size of certain organs, such as the uterus and ovaries.

Dr. Léonie Beauchamp is a pathologist at the CHU Dumont and a professor of clinical teaching at the Université de Sherbrooke, Moncton campus.

Dr. Beauchamp explains that the majority of students are very surprised to see the organs of the body in real life, because they are at the beginning of their university course and do not have any experience yet. in a hospital setting.

“You can see it clicks in their head. They better understand what they have learned once they have seen it [the organ], they have touched it.

— Dr. Léonie Beauchamp

It's a bit like children, they are amazed by what they see. You can see that they are passionate and that they are happy to be in medicine, she says.

Medical students recognize how lucky they are, but more importantly, are grateful that someone has chosen to donate their body.

Keep in mind #x27;honesty, respect, and staying authentic with what you receive as a gift, but also staying human with all that. You have to think that it's a gift, a gift, a choice that this person has made, explains Kaylee Rose Dugas.

This one feels privileged to be able to touch the organs of 'a deceased person.

It's unreal! I don't feel like I'm holding onto something that was in someone before, but it really is! […] The rest of us, it's not just equipment, it comes from a person, we have a lot of respect for it, it's a gift for us, she says.

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Dr. Léonie Beauchamp says these are very special moments when her students take organs into their hands for the first time. She says that they are very respectful, that they handle them with delicacy and are even afraid of damaging them.

She recalls her first experiences with the ;intermediary to those of his students.

When we got to the brain, at the beginning, I found myself saying: that's the person. I hold her memory, I hold her life, all the things she thought, her emotions, she says.

“It's noble to cut out someone's brain, it's intimate, it's the person, it's what they were.

— Dr. Léonie Beauchamp

Kaylee Rose Dugas hopes more people will make the decision to donate their bodies to science and says she is considering it herself.


I think the word ''gift'' needs to be emphasized. It's a gift that you will make, a decision that will help others even after your death.

According to the report by Noémie Avidar< /p>

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