A unique experience comes full circle
Hall worked as a family physician for 20 years and has lectured in UW-Stout’s biology department for more than a decade. Professor Ann Parsons, who started the cadaver courses at the university, began offering Cadaver Lab visits about a decade ago.
“Students at Stout really benefit from the Cadaver Lab courses, as there’s truly nothing like actually searching for and finding the different anatomical structures in situ. It’s an intensive and immersive experience,” Hall said.
Loreth, Kalin and Mercill agreed, stating that the lab gives them a unique perspective into the intricacies of the human body and an advantage in their undergraduate studies because most students don’t enter a cadaver course until medical school.
Michael Maenner, a 2018 applied science graduate with a minor in human physiology, participated in Hall’s dissection class while in the program. He returned to UW-Stout for his science teaching degree, graduated in 2022 and now teaches at Elk Mound High School.
Maenner recently returned to the lab, bringing 16 students from his anatomy and physiology class for a tour.
“I wanted my class to see the real thing. We look at pictures and use models in our own classroom, but they aren't truly accurate,” he said. “Everything often looks so ‘perfect,’ and the human body really isn’t. Pictures make muscles and organs look perfectly separated but the body is so tightly compacted on the inside it can be hard to differentiate things. Just being able to compare them was very eye-opening to my students.”
Maenner feels like he has come full circle as an educator returning to the lab with his students. He uses many of the techniques he learned from Hall to teach his students about various body systems.
“I just hope I am able to pass on the same enthusiasm for science and learning that Dr. Hall instilled in me. I had a great time as a student at Stout and Dr. Hall's classes played a large role in that,” he said.