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Sterling Heights, Warren

Anatomy, physiology class engages students

Published May 7, 2014

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Career Preparation Center anatomy and physiology teacher Mary Kaurich, right, discusses the structure of the heart with senior Ernad Muminovic, left, and junior Stewart Ismail.

STERLING HEIGHTS — When a group of Career Preparation Center anatomy and physiology students dissected sheep hearts in class in early April, it gave them a better understanding of how the human heart functions.

Teachers Kaleen Jubenville and Mary Kaurich said the sheep’s heart is the same size of the human heart, the same shape and has the same chambers and valves.

“I think the students gained value of how amazingly strong the heart is and how delicate the valves really are,” Jubenville said.

“When they were looking at certain parts, it looks so different in real life,” Kaurich said. “It’s really taking the book knowledge they have and giving them the opportunity to apply that in a real-life situation.”

“The learning just goes much deeper for them,” Jubenville said. “It at least gets them thinking.”

The Career Preparation Center is part of Warren Consolidated Schools and offers several various courses, including culinary arts, engineering and graphic arts. The classes are in two-hour blocks, and students return to their home school for their other classes.

Junior Kassie Cummings, who attends Cousino High School, felt the sheep dissection was a good experience.

“We all took it really seriously,” Cummings said. “I want to go into cardiology, so it was really was a good thing. It was interesting. It gave us a better understanding of how our heart works.”

The students used medical gloves, scalpels, scissors and other medical utensils during the process.

“I felt like I was playing operation,” said junior Logan Sabins, who attends Warren Mott High School and came to the dissection table with experience. He has hunted with his dad since he was a young boy. He also said the hands-on assignment made him realize, “I should start taking better care of my heart. We had to cut through the fat to get to the heart,” he said.

Examining sheep hearts were among the many units students in the anatomy and physiology class studied this year.

Anatomy is the structure of the human body, and physiology is how the body works.

The students study the body’s tissues, skin, skeleton, muscles, blood, heart, and digestive and respiratory systems. How smoking, drug use, poor diet and risky behaviors affect the human body are covered.

“I’ve always wanted to go into the medical field,” Cummings said. “I took this course to guide me.”

Sabins wants to either be an emergency medical technician or a police officer, and thought the anatomy and physiology class was a good fit for his goals.

Kaurich pointed out there are 200 health-related careers, including doctor, nursing, physical therapy, veterinary science, pharmaceutical, medical assistant and respiratory therapy.

“This building offers them an opportunity to explore,” Kaurich said. “It opens their eyes to a lot of possibilities.”

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