Norfolk students take part in live autopsy

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A packed auditorium of 150 students from around Suffolk and Norfolk watched and took part as body parts were squeezed, poked and dissected during the 5-hour workshop at Blackfriars Hall, Norwich last week.

The live autopsy was run on behalf of Take Your Place, a government-funded programme that helps young people from underrepresented backgrounds into higher education.

Mrs Leila Malloy, a science teacher and pastoral leader from the Open Academy, who attended the event said: “An amazing, hands on experience which opened up the students eyes to possible careers in medicine. A thoroughly thought provoking and eye opening day!”

13 schools and colleges attended the event held at the beginning of December.  Students went along for a variety of reasons, including support for their application to university and to find out more about the area they wish to pursue after school.

Rosie from City College Norwich found the event helpful in consolidating classroom learning: “I wasn’t sure it was going to be my kind of thing but I absolutely loved it. Seeing the stuff we've learnt about in real life, and being able to properly understand how it all fits and works together was amazing - it was one of the most interesting things I've ever done.”

Charlotte Wheatland, Assistant Head of Outreach at University of East Anglia said: “The aim of the session is to inspire young people to pursue their passions. The young people aged from 16-18 attended the session, hope to go on to study areas like nursing, medicine, sports sciences and bio-sciences for example.

“Take Your Place provides in-depth sessions like these to help young people to make informed choices about their options after school. Sessions like the live autopsy expose young people to different styles of learning and help them find and pursue their passions, giving them a taster of university- style learning.”

The session was presented by VIVIT, part of the ITAE Group. The team are clinically trained in human cadaver dissection and have qualified teacher status. They use a synthetic human cadaver with swine organs.