There are a total of eight cadavers in the lab, which is located on the ground floor of the science research building. Seven are worked on and studied the current semester and one is from the previous semester and is completely dissected.
The cadaver with the best dissection is kept for the following semester so that it can be referenced to, if needed.
The dissection begins with the upper limb, chest and back. The head and neck are studied next. The entire back, the thoracic cavity and the abdominal cavity are dissected and the internal organs are studied.
The semester concludes with the dissection of the lower limbs. The dissection focuses on the major muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
The human skeleton is also studied and there are a number of plastic and real bones stored for this purpose.
Human Gross Anatomy classes are not the only classes to make use of this facility. HSC 476, Neuroscience Systems also uses the lab to look at human brains, skulls, spinal cords and other parts of the nervous system. PSY 487, Brain and Cognition use the facility on a limited bases.
The bodies come from the Anatomical Gift Program also known as the Donated Body Program at Wright State University School of Medicine.
The bodies are returned to the families once the dissection is complete and they are cremated. All bones must be kept with the body, but other tissues that must be removed during the dissection can be disposed of in the correct way by CSU.