Human Body Explored Challenges Florida High School Students Knowledge of Anatomy

Students successfully complete LECOM Bradenton’s Human Body Explored High School Students comparative anatomy program.

Human Body Explored (HBE), a pre-med course for high school students, has successfully taken high school students full circle in a study of anatomy. From learning to dissect in the first class held last October to learning to tie suture knots in the final class, 25 students completed the comparative anatomy course offered by the LECOM Bradenton. Along the way, the students received lectures on the human brain, dissected mammalian specimens and compared them to prosected human specimens.

Human Body Explored Graduates

In addition to classroom curriculum, HBE emphasized the neurological system through two additional competitive components to the program; the Southwest Florida Brain Bee and Kids Judge Neuroscience Fair. The Sarasota G.WIZ Science Museum hosted the Southwest Florida Brain Bee providing HBE participants the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of neuroscience. The first place winner was Kanthi Dhaduvai, a senior at Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota. Dhaduvai’s first place award of $200 was used to attend the International Brain Bee at the University of Maryland in March.

Kevin Frey and Kelsey Wilcox present "The
Taste of Color" at the Kids Judge Neuroscience

Kids Judge Neuroscience Fair, also held at the G.WIZ Science Museum, featured neuroscience exhibits prepared by the HBE students and LECOM Bradenton medical students. Exhibits were judged by 65 Girl Scouts from the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. “The Taste of Color” presentation by Kevin Frey, sophomore at Out-of-Door Academy, and Kelsey Wilcox, senior at Lakewood Ranch High School, won the highest award among high school students.

According to Dr. Sexton, the success of this year’s HBE prompted LECOM Bradenton to expand the program. “Due to the popularity of the 2006 HBE program, Human Body Explored 2007 will increase enrollment for HBE I, the introductory course, to 50 students,” said Sexton. Two additional courses will be added.

“HBE I will continue as the introductory course focusing on comparative animal anatomy dissection, emphasizing the brain. HBE II will provide a more in depth study of the human physiology with emphasis on the heart,” he said. “Additionally, a third course, HBE III, will be offered to a limited number of HBE 2006 graduates. They’ll receive lectures on human anatomy and in the laboratory assist in the dissection of a human cadaver.”

All courses run from October, 2007 through May, 2008. Registration fees are $100 for HBE I and HBE II and $200 for HBE III. For further information or registration forms, contact Dr. Russell Sexton, 941-756-0690, or

LECOM Bradenton developed the HBE program as a component of the LECOM Health Career Post 881. The post’s mission is to offer career education programs to area high school students.

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June 1, 2007
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