Cadavers are a vital part of medical education. Students are able to use them to take a first look inside the human body.
To honor people who have donated their bodies to science, first-year students in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine hosted the annual Cadaver Memorial Service Thursday.
Students spend three days a week during the first part of medical school learning about the structure of the human body.
They work in teams and rotate after each of their major tests so teams have the opportunity to spend time with and learn from different cadavers.
The gross anatomy course heavily relies on laboratory dissection, which is the most effective method to obtain a three-dimensional understanding of the human body.
The Cadaver Memorial Service is a way to honor those people who have given their bodies to the College for medical student education.