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BHS Anatomy Camp

Anatomy and physiology camp inspires budding medical professionals

June 24, 2022

High school student Saige McNeal dreams of pursuing a career in medicine. That’s why McNeal, 14, jumped at the chance to visit a cadaver lab this summer to learn about human anatomy and physiology.

The BHS ninth-grader was among roughly 25 high school students who participated in a three-day anatomy and physiology camp hosted in partnership with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program. The June 15-17 camp culminated with a field trip to a cadaver lab, where students examined diseased and healthy heart tissues and learned about the body’s organ systems. 

“I thought it would be fun and interesting to learn more about different parts of the body so I can see what interests me the most,” said McNeal. After examining brain and spinal tissues, McNeal said the camp ignited her interest in the central nervous system.

Eleventh-grader Anna Zhao, 16, said she enjoyed learning about the difference between arteries and veins as well as the function of the liver during the hands-on laboratory experience. “I really liked the cadaver lab and being able to see and touch the real life versions of the organs that we were learning about,” said Zhao.

Fellow camper Radha Pareek, 15, enjoyed interacting with physician assistants from Case Western and learning about career pathways in medicine. 

“The camp broadened my view of what it would be like to be a doctor or physician assistant,” said Pareek. “I learned about the different paths I can take within the medical field.”


Lauren Meade, M.S.

Director of Communications

Beachwood City School District

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