New delhi; The All India Institute of Medical Sciences dissection hall has human anatomical specimens, and skeletals sealed in well lit glass boxes on tables. The room is witness to many of India’s medical toppers performing cadaver dissections as part of their learning process. Recently, the dissection hall was full of 1400 chirpy school children who were there to understand the functioning of the human body from their senior counterparts, prior to sitting for the competitive medical entrance exam to enter medical colleges.
Their seniors were there to help them take a journey down the mysteries of the human body, starting from the developing foetus to cadaver dissection. The anatomical laboratory at the AIIMS was giving them their first visual demonstration of the human anatomy.
7 groups comprising 25 students each, witnessed demonstrations by their seniors of the real anatomical specimens.
“The students were really keen to understand the anatomy of the brain and the heart. These are subjects they study in their textbooks. And now they got an opportunity to visually understand the functioning of these organs. The outcome was really satisfying, when all these students could answer a majority of the question they saw during the quiz,” said a third year student of AIIMS.
The students then traversed through microscopic specimens right upto human physiology .
“The three rounds focussed more on what they have already learned in class. But besides this, we also demonstrated life-saving techniques. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation that is useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, was taught to these students,” added the AIIMS student.
On Saturday, the AIIMS toppers were sent an interaction invite with these children. “A lot of students wanted to visit the campus to understand as to how to crack the competitive exams. The toppers spoke about their experience. The toppers talk was also aimed at nurturing scientific temperament,” revealed a second year graduate student at AIIMS.
The AIIMS students now plan to collect to Rs 200 from the school students, which will be donated to orphans and for organising cancer awareness drives outside the AIIMS campus. “The two event ended with a quiz. But more importantly we decided to collected Rs 200 from these students. This will now be used for organising cancer awareness and food drives. We also donate a significant amount to unaided orphans whom we have identified,” an AIIMS medico told the Indian Express.