Muscles and Bones and Functions, Oh My!
All students who are considering a career in the medical field should contemplate taking Miss Campbell’s anatomy class their senior year. This year’s anatomy class is being offered to seniors as a college credit class. This means that by taking the class, students are gaining credit hours for the college they plan to attend. A student must have taken or be taking chemistry before anatomy can be added to their schedule. Summer work is assigned to students who plan on taking anatomy the next year. The assigned work must be completed and turned in before a student is granted access to the class.
In the first semester, anatomy students learned the bones of the body. We used a real skeleton to point out and name different bones within the body. A picture of this skeleton is included in the article. By the end of the semester, students could even name the various sutures (a junction between two bones) of the skull. Students were also taught how to use a microscope. This skill was used to magnify hair follicles. Students are now learning all of the superficial muscles of the body and their functions. Learning the bones and muscles will give students a head start for when they take an anatomy class in college.
The end of the year project for anatomy students is the dissection of a cat. During the dissection, students are asked to identify various systems within the cat. The reason that cats are used is that their muscle and bone structures are very similar to humans. This is a hands-on way for students to learn more about the body. In past years, Miss Campbell has taken anatomy students to see cadavers at St. Rita’s hospital. By taking anatomy, it helps students figure out if the medical field is the right career path for them.
By: Libby Quintero
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