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Sept. 23, 2013 — Students in Professor Mike Mitchell’s Anatomy and Physiology Lab are preparing for careers in medicine, but first they must master the science presented in this lab.

Officially titled A&P 142, the lab takes students on an in-depth journey of the body and all of its systems. In these photos, Mitchell uses models, diagrams and lively conversation to teach students about the human heart, cardiac veins and arteries, as well as blood circulation and heart rhythms. “I enjoy sharing information about this fascinating stuff with students, because this class can propel students into any medical field,” he said. “I have future doctors in here, so that’s how I refer to them.”

New to the lab this year is a SynDaver cadaver, a synthetic replica of the human body that enables students to study tissues and systems in a life-like model. “While you can’t mimic nature, this model works well with the material we are teaching,” Mitchell said. “And while the plastic has a strong smell, it does not present any health issues for students the way other chemical preservatives can.”

Princess Alvior, a future radiologist noted, “Dr. Mitchell is very funny, but he is serious about us learning this material. He sticks with us until we get it.”

Fire and rescue worker Matthew Warren is back in the classroom to become a physical therapist assistant. “I have a good background in body systems, but this lab is pulling all of the pieces into place. I love the energy in here.”