AB alumnus gifts virtual cadaver table to students

PHILIPPI, W.Va.—August 27, 2020—Students at Alderson Broaddus University are taking their eyes away from their textbooks and focusing on a new state-of-the-art way to learn. Thanks to a generous donor, AB has recently been gifted the Anatomage Table – 7 Convertible, a virtual cadaver table for students to utilize in the classroom. AB is one of only a few higher education institutions in West Virginia with access to this type of advanced technology to improve many of the dimensions of their academic life.

The Anatomage Table – 7 was purchased and gifted to AB by Class of 1971 graduate Warren Jenkins. “I have been very fortunate, and my good fortune is the result of the education I received at AB,” said Jenkins. “This gift is a way to honor my parents, my family, and all those who have been so helpful to me.”

The Anatomage Table, produced as the world’s first virtual dissection table, is a digital cadaver table presenting three-dimensional, life-size images of real cadaver samples. Table – 7 introduces physiology elements to the Anatomage Table and gives students access to data from four different types of bodies. The table allows for the exploration and learning of human anatomy into a digital space.

Dr. Thomas Moore, dean of the College of Medical Science and director of the physician assistant studies program at Alderson Broaddus, said that students’ ability to study anatomical systems from a different perspective would be invaluable. “The Anatomage Table – 7 is collaborative learning at its finest, challenging the student to adapt, learn, and grow while incorporating knowledge from across the anatomical science spectrum,” said Moore.

Table – 7 includes 25 courses ranging from neuroanatomy and kinesiology to emergency medicine and surgical nursing. Approximately 400 students from disciplines, including physician assistant studies, anatomy, nursing, biology, and exercise science, will have the opportunity to benefit from the virtual dissection table.

Jenkins explained, “Instructors have pledged to incorporate the table into their lectures; it is a game-changer.” Table – 7 allows for the creation of instructional materials to be utilized as a resource for assignments, quizzes, tests, and various other educational purposes. Jenkins is also hopeful that the table will allow AB students to travel to Anatomage competitions, and help increase AB’s admission footprint.

With the continued support of alumni and friends, Alderson Broaddus remains on the cutting edge of higher education with investments in technology like the Anatomage Table – 7 to enhance the student experience.

To learn more about the health science and professional programs at AB, please visit www.ab.edu

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation. 

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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