The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima and Mercy Health team up for advanced anatomy lab

February 5, 2021

Instructor Jeremy Grachan in the anatomy lab

Students working toward a future in the medical fields now have another important step they can take without leaving the Lima area. In partnership with Mercy Health–St. Rita’s, The Ohio State University at Lima is opening an advanced anatomy lab onsite at the hospital.

Ohio State students will be in the lab and classroom two days a week in spring semester learning about the structures of the human body.

“The best way to learn anatomy is through hands on experience,” said Anatomy Lecturer Jeremy Grachan. “Students will be learning the foundations of the course in a normal lecture style, but then will solidify their understanding of the human body in lab when we look at bones, anatomic models, and prosected cadavers.”

A prosected cadaver is a cadaver that has been previously dissected to use in a learning environment. Besides the hands-on experience with the cadavers, students will also use an anatomy atlas that the teaching staff at Ohio State have created with cadaveric images, videos reviewing key structures, and activities designed to help students learn the content.

This educational partnership in anatomy addresses a pressing national healthcare issue by building a strong local pipeline for the medical fields. As the United States begins to experience physician shortages, Mercy Health has been working to build stronger recruitment plans for the Lima region. St. Rita’s is now a teaching hospital for graduate medical education and will soon house 100 medical resident physicians.

“This program aims to attract not only doctors from around the country, but also to retain some of the best and brightest students from our region who are graduating from medical school,” said Beth Keehn, director of government and community affairs at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s. “By partnering with Ohio State Lima to provide an advanced anatomy lab on our campus, we are further hoping to ensure that local, talented students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams to go to medical school and introduce them to all St. Rita’s has to offer should they hope to return to the region after graduation.”

The anatomy lab is not the only collaboration between health care and university. Mercy Health and The Ohio State University Medical Center have been working collaboratively in a Healthy State Alliance to address some of Ohio’s most pressing medical issues—including cancer care, transplant options, and addiction services. Locally, St. Rita’s Regional Cancer Center is now an affiliate of The James Cancer Network, and an Ohio State transplant clinic is now serving community members on St. Rita’s campus.

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