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New med school will have expanded gross anatomy lab

Gross anatomy classes often are a rite of passage for medical school students, and so it soon will be at the University at Buffalo's new medical school.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will showcase a cutting-edge gross anatomy lab on its seventh floor that is centralized and has 30 tables in its main area. In all, there will be 50 tables for gross anatomy and continuing medical education purposes.

"This will be a pretty innovative gross anatomy lab," said Dr. Michael E. Cain, dean of the medical school. As students dissect, they will have images directly in front of them, through CT scans and MRI scans.

Gross anatomy is taught every year to every medical student. The course is taught in the fall, so it will be taught this September on South Campus because the new medical school will not be open for classes until early next year.

The lab also will feature side labs designed for use by people and community groups not involved in primary anatomy instruction. These side labs are a new addition, allowing for enhanced use by other departments in the medical school and also by outside groups for continuing education. Students from other colleges and even some high schools, emergency medical doctors and dental oral surgeons will use the lab for practice. Paramedics could also use the lab regularly to train for intubation. Those training sessions currently have to be scheduled when classes are not in session.

In addition to gross anatomy being taught in the new building, it also will continue to be taught on South Campus for dental students and undergraduates.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at

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