Students rotated through six stations in the wet lab at Venel. Stations featured cadaver extremities including the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, and foot/ankle. There also was a suturing station where students were shown suturing technique on a piece of raw chicken and then got to try it themselves.
Gloved, gowned and masked, students traveled from station to station, listening to Orthopedic Institute surgeons, asking questions and answering questions. Talk of cartilage, tendons, ligaments and nerves filled the room. There were students who knew their radius from their ulna, and those who didn’t. For students who previously suffered injuries to their extremities, the lab was a chance to relate to what happened, what may have been fixed and how it was done.
“I was really grateful to have this experience. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I got to ask a lot of questions. The doctors were really great.” - Emmaus junior Madison Shelton of Macungie
Jenny Kidd, director at Venel, says the facility has been hosting high school groups for over three years. It also provides cadaver-based training for residents, emergency medical personnel and more, and medical equipment companies sometimes use Venel’s facilities to test new products.
“It’s an experience they (students) can’t get from looking at a book or seeing a model,” says Kidd. “They can touch ligaments and see muscles and bones. These doctors are some of the best, and they are really giving the kids a great opportunity.”