Health Sciences Autopsy - A Day in the Life of a Pathologist

Health Sciences Autopsy - A Day in the Life of a Pathologist

Health Sciences and Criminal Justice students were recently involved in a live stream presentation of a human autopsy. Ray Volmer from the St. Louis University pathophysiology department demonstrated to our students various scenarios including, how healthy and unhealthy organs look different during the autopsy process.

He focused in on specific organs, such as the heart and lungs, and how in an autopsy, these organs show signs of long-term illness and living style. For the benefit of our Criminal Justice students, Mr. Volmer went through certain forensic processes he performs. During each autopsy an inspection under the nails is performed, to look for blood, skin cells or fibers. He also looks for bruising or scrapping, which would show a recently deceased body had been moved.

Medical Assisting student Brionna Smith from Hazel Park described the experience, “I really enjoyed when he showed the inside of the body especially the heart and the stomach. I also liked seeing the brain in and out of the skull. He also compared a normal brain to a brain that had Alzheimer’s which was thought-provoking. To be honest everything was really interesting to look at. I was very fascinated to see a real cadaver.”


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