The Bolles School is now one of just three private high schools in the world – and the only independent school in the Southeast – to own an Anatomage table. The highly advanced human dissection table and anatomy visualization system, almost exclusively seen in hospital or university settings, arrived at its new home in the Bolles Upper School Physics Lab in Schultz Hall in early April.
Nancy Hazzard, Chair of the Bolles Science Department, and Anatomy teacher Piper Moyer-Shad invited a group of faculty and staff to a training session in the lab April 11. There is little doubt the acquisition will benefit and enhance the Bolles academic experience, a fact confirmed when a group of sophomore students were welcomed into the training session for a hands-on peek. Students showed a level of excitement unprecedented in the lab, and could hardly contain their amazement (see video above).
The table is a rarity in school settings. The only other Anatomage table in Northeast Florida is at The Mayo Clinic, which utilizes one for medical training at the Weaver Simulation Center.
"We are thrilled to be one of the few high schools in the world to own one of these incredible tools of science," Hazzard said. "Students will have learning experiences with the table that are usually beyond the normal scope of high school students, it will be an incomparable experience for them. On behalf of the Bolles Science Department, I would like to say that we are profoundly ecstatic about the future learning opportunities this table provides our community – in all areas of science, in all levels of learning and for students on all campuses."
Moyer-Shad said the table will help students better understand how the human body works.
"It is a virtual dissection table based on human cadavers, which students wouldn't normally see, usually they are looking at 3-D renderings or computer generated images," Moyer-Shad said. "What it will do for our students is to help them visualize how the body's component parts fit and work together. Additionally, they will better be able to visualize relationships between anatomical aspects of the body and to view connections between body systems."
The Anatomage table is a staple resource of leading medical schools, healthcare institutions and universities all over the world and has been featured in TEDTalk Conferences, on PBS and medical journals, according to the company. Table users are able to visualize a fully segmented human 3D anatomy system with accuracy and allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy "beyond what any cadaver could offer."
"I also see the table as a way for teachers to implement new connections in the Life Sciences with their students," Hazzard said. "They will be able to visualize features of the anatomical aspects of the body, see selected abnormalities in the body, and learn how these unique perspectives can enrich their classes."
The first Bolles students to utilize the table will be upper school students taking classes in Anatomy, AP Biology and Biology. Eventually, department leaders and teachers will make the table available to lower and middle school science students via lab visits, where students will get to experience the table's hands-on learning opportunities. In the coming years, Moyer-Shad will act as an auxiliary liaison for Bolles' feeder schools, partner schools and other medical-based magnet schools in Northeast Florida that might not otherwise have the resources to learn from the table. Bolles also is considering ways the table can be a resource for local healthcare professionals during summer workshops.
For more photos from the recent Anatomage table demonstration, visit our online photo album.