Throughout time we have sought to better understand the human body. After all, our bodies are the only thing we carry with us from the moment we are born until we take our very last breath. Only through knowing the body, its systems, and its strengths and weaknesses, can we continue to improve upon the ways we practice medicine and care for our own bodies. The more each of us knows about our bodies, the better we will be able to care for them.
Every year, research and instruction begins, as it always has, in anatomy and research labs where medical students and doctors study and learn by working with donated human bodies. Those who study these bodies come away with a deep reverence for life, for its care and keeping. As an informal learning environment, the exhibition offered many opportunities for self-directed learning. During the visit, students were exposed to and inspired by over 200 specimens presented in over 50 individual exhibits. This exposition offered students a chance to learn about the body in a similar way medical students would, in an environment that simulated a course in gross anatomy via a respectful atmosphere. The main objective of this trip was not only to promote students to take control of their own health and well-being, but to hopefully inspire them to consider pursuing a career in science.