The VIVIT Core Experience at CCGS

27th February 2018

On Thursday 8th February 2018 around 100 Year 13, 12 and 11 students from CCGS, Dane Court, St Lawrence College and St George’s School attended the amazing VIVIT Core Experience organised at the Chatham House site of the Chatham and Clarendon Grammar school by Ms A. Nicholas (teacher of Biology).

As introduction to the dissection event, students were treated to the history of human dissection - beginning right back with Hippocrates through time, Galen’s anatomy, Leonardo's paintings, Vesalius's revolution, Henry Grey’s Anatomy through two world wars, Trafford (the birthplace of the NHS) and finally on into the modern age. Fascinating stuff…

The programme was conducted by Samuel Piri and Scarlett Mellor; clinically trained, QTS accredited and highly experienced in human cadaveric dissection. The programme took 4 hours, which were split into 2 sessions of 2 hours each. Using VIVIT, a semi-synthetic human cadaver and anatomy of spent swine origin they were able to teach how the human body functions. Students had opportunities to see, touch and feel the dissection of the major anatomical cavities and their organs and organ systems. Supported by real cadaveric imagery Sam and Scarlett demonstrated human anatomy like students never get to see.

This event showcased the world’s only semi-synthetic human cadaver and gave students a detailed insight into anatomy and the day-to-day life of a medical professional. Students were able to examine real organs and see the anatomical structures in practice. The enjoyment on the day is evident in the pictures below…

Students had the following to say after the event…

“Even though I am not interested in pursuing a medicine/health-related career, I found the Vivit Experience to be extremely informative, interesting and it gave me an insight into the profession and opportunities of dissection that I may never get to do again. It also helped me gain a broader context and knowledge to some A-level topics which helped me understand them better.” (Rose Dorken; Yr 13)

“I had the opportunity to be part of the Vivit core experience, held at Chatham and Clarendon grammar school. I found this day not only interesting, but also very informative. I learned new terminology that I now feel comfortable using and was even able to get up close with the specimens, applying and putting what we had learned into context. A thoroughly enjoyable day!” (Alicia Fooks; Yr 1

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