International Human Prosection Program

The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at IU School of Medicine—Gary is an intensive structured experience that emphasizes human anatomy through dissection of human cadaver specimens. Program participants conduct a first-hand advanced dissection of the upper and lower extremities and benefit from hands-on work in radiology and surgical orthopaedics, prosthetics and orthotics.

The program is open to individuals interested in attending medical school or advancing knowledge of clinical and basic sciences. The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program is designed for students who are interested in human anatomy as well as professionals seeking to review skills that can be applied to their professional practice.

Participants in the program learn how to professionally dissect human cadaveric specimens and prepare radiographic materials in a human gross anatomy laboratory. Participants are required to attend a series of lectures and workshops, interpret and apply radiographic findings, as well as other clinical correlates and anatomical findings to dissections in the laboratory.

At the conclusion of the program, all prosectors participate in a cadaver memorial service that encourages prosectors, faculty and others to reflect upon the cadaver experience and to share their thoughts and stories of discovery. Professionals are eligible for Continuing Medical Education Credit as part of this course.

More information about this competitive program is available in the sections below and in downloadable files that provide a detailed program description, travel guidance and housing suggestions.

Program Details

The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program aims to:

  • Recruit individuals and encourage them to seek careers in anatomy and medicine
  • Impart training to educators and other professionals that can be taken back to the classroom or professional environment and incorporated into practice
  • Increase understanding of the role(s) of anatomists and corporations in health care and stress the need for educators, researchers and health care professionals to facilitate collaborative research that will enhance medical education and ultimately patient care
  • Foster professionalism, lifelong-learning, leadership, teamwork and respect for cadaver donors, donor’s families and clinical patients
  • Prepare high-quality prosected anatomical materials and radiographs for research and education

Participants in the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program constitute a diverse population of undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, allied health care professionals, physicians, basic scientists and others from Northwest Indiana and throughout the world. The maximum number of candidates admitted to the program is 55. Upon successful completion of this program, each prosector receives a Certificate of Completion and letter.

To participate in the program, candidates must submit an application that includes a written statement describing the purpose for participation. Prior to acceptance into the program, applicants may interview with the course director and learn about the strict guidelines and rules set by the Anatomical Education/Gift Society.

2019 Application Timeline

Date Event
November 26 Application materials available online
March 22 Application due (with $25 non-refundable fee)
April 22 Notification of acceptance
May 10 Tuition payment due ($475 non-refundable fee)

For additional application details, refer to the application instructions. Note that applicants must submit supplemental forms, including a Release for Media and Photography, a Letter of Commitment and Attendee Intentions Form prior to participation in the program.

Participants accepted into the program are required to attend five days of prosection. For the 2019 session, prosection is scheduled for July 29 through August 2. The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program Reception will be held on the evening of July 29. Workshops will be conducted

  • July 12 – 14: Cadaver Medical Imaging 1 (X-ray and US) and 2 (CT and MR)
  • July 23 – 26 (Suturing Workshop, Prosthetics & Orthotics – with amputee patients, Total Knee Arthroplasty)

A comprehensive schedule as well as a detailed dissection guide, handouts covering anatomical terminology and gross anatomy, and slide presentations will be available for accepted participants to download so they may prepare for the program.

Program participants do not receive any financial compensation for participation in this program. IU School of Medicine-Gary does not provide reimbursement or make arrangements for travel or housing expenses related to this program. Meals, laboratory coats, gloves, safety gear, shower and locker room facilities are provided.

Continuing Medical Education credit is available, but participants are responsible for bringing all appropriate documentation to the Prosection session. This documentation will be completed and returned to the participant prior to departure after the final program session.

A $25 non-refundable processing fee must be paid at the time of application. This fee is waived for IU School of Medicine students. For consideration of waiver for other reasons, applicants can contact the program director. Tuition for this program and all workshops is $475 (non-refundable), payable online after notification of acceptance into the Program. Payment of fees for the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program must be made through the online payment system.