Students from Emmaus and Allentown Central Catholic high schools got an education not available in any of their textbooks on Monday (April 11) when surgeons from Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute hosted an orthopedic extremities cadaver lab experience with a focus on human joints.
Students from Emmaus High School are enrolled in the school’s Advanced Placement biology class, while those from Central Catholic were enrolled in various biology and anatomy classes and part of the school’s new Health Occupations Students of America chapter.
Orthopedic hand specialist Paul Sibley, DO, LVPG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine–1250 Cedar Crest, organized the cadaver lab experience. He said the idea grew from a smaller scale cadaver tutorial he ran before the COVID-19 pandemic with some students from Nazareth Area High School. “It’s a big difference reading about human anatomy and then feeling it and visualizing it on a patient,” he said. “I didn’t have this option when I was in high school. The first cadaver I encountered was in medical school. For those considering any kind of health care career, this will give them a head start.”