November 12th, 2018
GC's Anatomage table continues to deliver enthusiasm among students, instructors
State-of-the-art equipment aids in Paramedic instruction and brings prime learning opportunities
Students enrolled in the Paramedic program at Garrett College successfully completed their anatomy and physiology course with the assistance of the College's Anatomage table, located in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building. Garrett's Anatomage table is currently the only one in the state of Maryland, and continues to generate much anticipation and interest among both students and instructors.
"Knowing that we have access to such state-of-the-art equipment is just amazing," said Jeff Teter, one of the students in the paramedic program. "The thought of being able to see and dissect a true human body is just absolutely unbelievable.
By having access to the one and only table in Maryland, I feel as if without a doubt our class has the best possible understanding of the human body compared to any other anatomy and physiology class. It's almost as if we've been given an inside advantage."
Garrett's paramedic program, instructed by Jim Koon and Whitney Fitzwater, is a two-year program offered through Continuing Education & Workforce Development. Current class members will advance to the Paramedic I course, with an expected program completion date in May 2020.
Entering his 24th year of GC's paramedic program, Koon noted that over the years, the scope and practice in paramedicine has grown tremendously, representing a significant challenge for paramedic programs to offer state-of-the-art technology equipment and realistic learning opportunities to students. "The addition of the Anatomage table provides us with a virtual cadaver lab, giving students an accurate view of human anatomy and physiology," said Koon, who also serves as director of the paramedic program. "Students can dissect, examine, and view functions of the body, all of which was simply not possible before. By utilizing the STEM building and its resources, we are able to deliver incredible learning opportunities."
The Anatomage table, according to Teter, aided in conveying both a strong interest and a superior level of energy to the class.
"To say there was excitement in the room and amongst the class would be an understatement," Teter said. "I believe that the Anatomage table by far is the most useful tool available to us and is super helpful with trying to gain and retain knowledge of the human body.
"The way the table is able to breakdown and analyze the human body by illustrating exactly what it looks like, along with what we need to look for, gives us much more knowledge compared to just a textbook."
For additional information on Garrett College's paramedic program, please contact Doug Beitzel, program coordinator, at 301-387-3772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paramedic students at Garrett College completed the anatomy and physiology course as part of the paramedic program by utilizing the Anatomage 3D virtual dissection table. Jim Koon, director of the program, demonstrates to the class for the first time.