Full Body Human Gross Anatomy Dissection Seminar

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

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Since 1993 The Full Body Human Gross Anatomy Dissection Seminar takes place at The University of South Florida, USF Health, Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, located in Tampa, Florida.


6:00 pm – Orientation at the hotel

Monday – Friday

8:00 am to 12:00 pm – Dissection Lab

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Dissection Lab


6:00 pm – Dinner for all students and alumni at the hotel.


6:00 pm – Alumni Dinner

Anatomy Lab
Is the lab designed for dissection?
Yes, the Anatomy Lab at The University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology provides a new state-of-the-art facility for the education of anatomy through both cadaver dissection and digital imaging platforms for medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows. The gross anatomy laboratory consists of 24 dissection tables. The facility is under high security, swipe card, and closed-circuit monitor systems.

Is the ventilation system unique?
Yes, and it is called a Total Air Exchange System. Multiple times an hour all air in the lab is removed and replaced with fresh air.

What is the temperature in the lab?
The temperature in the laboratory is cool. We have no control over the temperature setting.

Who can attend?
We welcome licensed healthcare providers. Alumni include a wide variety of healthcare professionals.

Athletic Trainers
Acupuncture Physicians
Nurse Practitioner
Massage Therapists
Occupational Therapists

What if I have no dissection experience?
Our friendly experienced instructional team will show you how to dissect and guide you through the process.
How much time is dedicated to hands-on dissection?
Eighty-five percent of the class time is hands-on dissection.

What will I learn about the person who bequeathed (donated) their body?
Age, sex, occupation, and cause of death.
Are the donors tested for communicable diseases?
Yes, testing is preform to screen for highly communicable diseases (such as sepsis, hepatitis or AIDS).
What happens to the donor after class?
The remains of the bequeathed are cremated and returned to the State Anatomical Board. One of two options follows:

If a Request for Cremains is on file, delivery of the cremains is set up with the loved ones.
If no Request for Cremains exists,  the Anatomical Board takes responsibility for spreading the cremains over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Can I request to study a particular gender?
Yes, and every effort is made to honor your request; however, cannot be guaranteed. We have no control over the number of gender types available.

Are textbooks in the lab?
Yes, textbooks will be available for students to reference during the dissection.

At each cadaver dissection station:
(2) Clinically Oriented Anatomy (Moore)
(2) Grant’s Atlas (Grant)
(2) Atlas of Human Anatomy (Netter)
(1) Color Atlas of Anatomy (Rohen)
Are the same textbooks available at the hotel?
Yes, the same textbooks are available for review at the hotel.
Is the entire body dissected?
YES, superficial to deep, layer-by-layer, skin to bone. Students compare structures on multiple specimens. Examine the elasticity, density, and size of structures. Dissection includes the spinal cord, heart, lungs, internal organs, joints, and skull.

How many students dissect each cadaver?
Five to seven

What should I wear in the lab?
Attire: Scrubs (recommended). Full-length pants that completely cover your legs.

Footwear: Comfortable shoes that completely cover the foot.

Eyes: Eye protection. Neck loop to prevent eyeglasses from falling.
Is my lab coat included?
Yes, you receive your lab coat during the orientation.
What types of gloves will be available?
Nitrile, Powered-Free

Travel and Hotel

Continuing Education
David Kent Seminars is an approved Continuing Education (CE) provider.

National Certification Board or Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) 40 CE
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)  40 CE
American Bodyworker and Massage Professionals (ABMP)  40 CE
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) 35 PDA
Florida Board of Acupuncture  40 CE
Florida Board of Massage Therapy  40 CE
Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy  40 CE

Tuition includes

Orientation (Sunday at hotel)
Friendly experienced instructional team
Student Dinner (Tuesday at hotel)
Alumni* Dinner (Wednesday)
Shuttle between the hotel and university lab for hotel guests
Modern medical college anatomy lab
Lab coat
Gloves (Nitrile, Powder Free)
Instruments for dissecting
Textbooks to reference in the lab:
– Clinically Oriented Anatomy by (Moore)
– Grant’s Atlas (Grant)
– Atlas of Human Anatomy (Netter)
– Color Atlas of Anatomy (Rohen)
Certificate of Completion
CE / PDA credit
8 x 10 Class Photo

While textbooks, videos, computer programs, anatomical charts, and models are all helpful aids in learning about the human body. Performing a full body dissection is a unique hands-on learning opportunity.

Students leave the anatomy lab with a new level of confidence and knowledge in their skills. Graduates have a clear understanding of the interconnection of the structures that form the body and how they function.