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Bolles First High School in Southeast to Acquire Anatomage Table

Tuesday, March 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Bolles First High School in Southeast to Acquire Anatomage Table


The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida will be one of just three private high schools in the world – and the only high school in the Southeast – to own an Anatomage table. The highly advanced human dissection table and anatomy visualization system is typically – if not exclusively – seen in hospital or university settings. The only other Anatomage table in Northeast Florida is at The Mayo Clinic, which utilizes one for medical training at the Weaver Simulation Center.


Nancy Hazzard, Chair of the Bolles Science Department who also teaches Anatomy, said the $78,000 acquisition benefits and enhances the entire Bolles academic experience.


“We are thrilled to be one of the few high schools in the world to own one of these incredible tools of science,” Hazzard said. “Students will have learning experiences with the table that are usually beyond the normal scope of high school students, it will be an incomparable experience for them. On behalf of the Bolles Science Department, I would like to say that we are profoundly ecstatic about the future learning opportunities this table provides our community – in all areas of science, in all levels of learning and for students on all campuses.”


The table is expected to be installed at The Bolles School in late March or early April. It will be located in a special niche in the Physics Lab in Schultz Hall on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus.


Bolles Director of Student Activities and Anatomy Teacher Piper Moyer-Shad said the table will help students better understand how the human body works.


“It is a virtual dissection table based on human cadavers, which students wouldn’t normally see, usually they are looking at 3-D renderings or computer generated images,” Moyer-Shad said. “What it will do for our students is to help them visualize how the body’s component parts fit and work together. Additionally, they will better be able to visualize relationships between anatomical aspects of the body and to view connections between body systems.”


The Anatomage table is a staple resource of leading medical schools, healthcare institutions and universities all over the world and has been featured in TEDTalk Conferences, on PBS and medical journals, according to the company. Table users are able to visualize a fully segmented human 3D anatomy system with accuracy and allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy “beyond what any cadaver could offer.”


“I also see the table as a way for teachers to implement new connections in the Life Sciences with their students,” Hazzard said. “They will be able to visualize features of the anatomical aspects of the body, see selected abnormalities in the body, and learn how these unique perspectives can enrich their classes.”  


The first Bolles students to utilize the table will be upper school students taking classes in Anatomy, AP Biology and Biology. Eventually, department leaders and teachers will make the table available to lower and middle school science students via lab visits, where students will get to experience the table’s hands-on learning opportunities. In the coming years, Moyer-Shad will act as an auxiliary liaison for Bolles’ feeder schools, partner schools and other medical-based magnet schools in Northeast Florida that might not otherwise have the resources to learn from the table. Bolles also is considering ways the table can be a resource for local healthcare professionals during summer workshops.


Bolles Anatomy students, as well as several Bolles faculty and administrators, have visited Mayo’s SIM Center biannually during the past two years as part of an educational partnership Bolles and Mayo established in recent years. The Anatomage table is always one of the highlights of the experience.


The Bolles Science Department expects the table will inspire students to explore a deeper education in medicine and science. Moyer-Shad said one student who had shadowed physicians in past summers finally “got it” after using the table at Mayo Clinic. That student is now committed to a pursuit of medical studies in college.


(Photo credit: Mayo Clinic Weaver Simulation Center)


The Bolles School is a co-educational college preparatory day and boarding school serving students on four campuses in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.