The dissection of the human body is a
privilege that is extended to only a very select group of people.
As part of that elite group you have the opportunity, unlike any
other, to come to know human anatomy. Because of this unique privilege
and the sensitive nature of working with human material there is
a higher level of responsibility expected of you. Each body deserves
your utmost respect. The policies below are to make you aware of
your responsibilities, as well as, to help you derive the most benefit
from the gross anatomy laboratory experience.
- It is expected that all persons will behave
in a professional manner while in the laboratory, and maintain
proper respect for the human dissection material at all times,
- It is expected that every student will
attempt dissection, and promote a group effort.
- The instructors will provide assistance and
answer questions after the student attempts to locate specific
- Cadaver maintenance
- Cadavers should be covered at all times,
unless dissecting or reviewing. ALWAYS keep the cadaver moist
with solution. Spray with wetting solution frequently. Report
any mold to your instructor at once.
- After each lab your tray should be
wiped down with a diluted bleach solution.
- Any fluid that accumulates in the dissection
tray may be siphoned with the sink vacuum system.
- All dissected material should be
deposited into the stainless steel buckets at the end of the
dissecting tables (do not put trash of any kind in the buckets).
- General maintenance
- The work area must be kept clean,
mold free and tidy. Any extraneous materials or articles should
be removed from the tray. Make sure the floor around your
table is free of fluid and tissue.
- All wetting solution bottles should
be returned to the counter.
- Gloves, paper towels and normal litter
should be deposited into the large grey containers.
- All used blades should be discarded
in the Sharp’s container.
- Dissection tools must not be left loose
on the table. Wash your instruments after each lab. The sink
and strainer should be cleaned after washing dissecting material/instruments.
- Eating and drinking are prohibited
in the laboratory.
- Lockers are provided for storing
dissection kits, personal items, and books. Only textbooks,
lab manuals, and dissection kits are allowed in the lab.
- Dress Code
- Scrubs, lab coat, and comfortable
shoes are recommended. No open-toed shoes or sandals are allowed.
- Shorts are not allowed.
- Disposable gloves will be worn at all
times during dissection. Students are responsible for providing
their own gloves.
- Eye protection is recommended, and
is required during any bone cutting or sawing. Contact lenses
should not be worn in the laboratory.
- Access to lab
- This is a restricted area. All visitors
require prior approval of the Chairman of Anatomy, Anatomy Course
Coordinator, or the Anatomy Lab Coordinator.
- No cameras or video allowed in the
- OSU-COM Medical students are allowed access
during non-scheduled class time and posted laboratory hours.
- Any illness or injury should be reported
to the laboratory coordinator.
- Any illness or injury after
hours should be reported to the security officer.