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Local High School Students Visit FAU for Anatomy Lesson

                BOCA RATON, FL (November 5, 2007) – Students in Charlotte Coyle’s high school anatomy class at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton recently visited a gross anatomy lab at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science to participate in a series of learning exercises.   A group of FAU students, who are currently completing their master’s degrees in biomedical science or anthropology and who have recently completed the graduate level gross anatomy course, volunteered to facilitate the program.   Gross anatomy is a first year course for medical students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at FAU, the innovative partnership that created a four-year medical school program on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Sandra Albrecht, coordinator of graduate and anatomical programs, created a series of learning stations for this program, including a comparative human and ape skeletal anatomy station.   “This program allows the students to solidify the knowledge and learning gained at the high school level through exposure to a medical school environment,” said Albrecht.   “This allows the students to consider how anthropology relates to the human body and offers them exposure to career opportunities in biology and anthropology, in addition to medical education”.

Other stations demonstrated x-rays, the reading of radiographic equipment and a presentation by Dr. Barbara Bosch, associate professor in the UMMSM at FAU program, who utilizes pathology specimens to facilitate a deeper understanding of internal organs.

  The morning activities continued with a visit to the Disaster and Emergency Healthcare Training Facility at FAU, a state-of-the-art facility that enables medical students, paramedics and experienced medical professionals to enhance patient safety and treatment with simulated medical and disaster scenarios, and basic and advanced life support programs.  

“Our goal is to foster the development and interest among students to pursue a career in the health professions,” said Michael L. Friedland, M.D., dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science and vice president of medical programs at FAU.   “We are pleased to provide high school students with an inside look at the graduate level university environment and an exchange of ideas as to where their future educational experience may take them.”


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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