A WTF is that moment in the pluck bucket
Switch to virtual dissections, they said!
It’ll be fine, they said!
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a kidney. Even I had a WTF is that moment in the pluck bucket yesterday – after 20 years of looking at them.
This article about a surgeon that mistook a kidney for a tumour in a patient and removed it popped up in my Facebook feed today. You can read the full story here. I don’t know how or where the surgeon was educated, but I do often hear from those in the classroom that virtual is the way of the future. However – that isn’t what I hear from actual health care professionals. The support for dissection from the people you are relying on when you are sick don’t support virtual dissection as the only tool for learning gross anatomy.
We genuinely are all unique in our own ways and I want a doctor that has had some actual meat in their hands before they get to mine. How about you????
If we don’t keep the community generally educated in science then the need for science education becomes less valued by society. That can lead to mistakes like this happening and that can have very real consequences for real people and their families.
So I’m setting you a challenge. Do a virtual dissection online. Do the best one you can get Google to give you. Do it as many times as you like. Then dissect the real thing. I guarantee you that you will find it easier than going in without any pre-study at all, but I also guarantee you that you will have moments when you think “hang on, what am I looking at here?” and have to work a bit harder to get the full picture.
Now put yourself in the shoes of your average kid in Junior Science. They deserve a fighting chance at understanding their bodies properly so they can make good decisions later in life – especially if they find themselves hanging over you with a scalpel in their hand one day.
This entry was posted on November 27. 2018 by Miss Vivi
The story of us
It’s been a while since we had these family photos taken but I don’t think we look too different. A few more dissections under our belts. Probably not enough walks to satisfy the Hound. It’s certainly been an exciting couple of years, anyway!
This entry was posted on September 27. 2018 by Miss Vivi
Ssssomething to Ssssqueal about
This morning Jaimie let me sleep in so I had the rare chance to enjoy a bit of spring sunshine on our verandah. Angus was having a bit of a bark and a grumble but I didn’t think much of it until I came around the corner and saw this lovely lady had come to visit. Not the biggest we’ve seen at home, but definitely the only carpet snake that has ever been polite enough to knock on the back door before inviting themselves in. We hold the Gympie record for most snakes and snakeskins in the ceiling and our electrician delights in sending the latest apprentice up the ladder without warning.
This entry was posted on September 12. 2018 by Miss Vivi
Science Superheroes: goodbye Miss Lily, hello Miss Darcy
goodbye miss lily, hello miss darcy
For the past two years we have had the pleasure of watching Miss Lily come to work with us a couple of afternoons a week after school. She soon made the place her own and took over the place when we weren’t able to be there. You may not have known it, but Miss Lily was packing your parts, writing your invoices, decorating your delivery boxes and generally keeping us in good order around The Chop Shop.
I knew she was the one for us when she turned a bovine vagina inside out to see the cervix and announced “You can’t do that with a textbook!” And she was absolutely right.
But all good things must come to an end and Miss Lily has left us for the bright lights of University and a grown up life. She’s left us in good hands, though. Her little sister Miss Darcy has stepped in to Lily’s shoes and taken her sisters place at the table when there are cupcakes on offer. And we often have cupcakes to deal with. It’s a tough job, but these girls are totally up to it.
All the best, Miss Lily. You’ve been a science superhero and I fully expect to see you doing something AMAZING in the future.
23 Mar 2016
This entry was posted on March 23. 2016 by Miss Vivi