UTEP College of Health Sciences to Open New Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory

The UTEP College of Health Sciences will celebrate its new Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory with an open house on Tuesday, July 26th.

The $1.3 million facility is nearly twice as large as the former lab, has more storage space, and has all new dissection tables. The lab’s features include three high-definition video cameras, four large plasma screen displays, white boards and wireless Internet capability.

“The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that provides our undergraduate and graduate students an exceptional and enhanced educational opportunity,” said Anthony Salvatore, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in UTEP’s College of Health Sciences. “Years of personal and professional commitment were instrumental in making this project a success.”

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Master of Occupational Therapy Program, as well as graduate students in the biomedical engineering program, will use the facility.

Students will dissect cadavers to help them learn human anatomy that will be essential for their future careers, according to Mark Caulkins, M.D., DPT, director of the lab.

“Health care professionals like physical therapists and occupational therapists need a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy to be able to diagnose and treat their patients,” Caulkins explained. “Anatomy is very three-dimensional, with layers of different tissue arranged in a complex manner. It is crucial to be able to dissect, explore, see and feel these complex, three-dimensional structures to fully understand human anatomy and physiology.”

Students in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Speech-Language Pathology programs will visit the teaching laboratory to study dissected cadavers.

The lab also will host continuing education courses for community physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Classes in the new anatomy lab are scheduled to begin in the fall 2016 semester.

What: Open house for UTEP’s new human anatomy teaching laboratory

When: 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Where: UTEP’s Campbell Building, 1101 N. Campbell St., 1st floor