The Human Anatomy Laboratory (HAL) is a premier educational facility serving Ithaca College as well as the greater southern tier and Finger Lakes regions. Ithaca College has made a significant commitment to bring state-of-the-art facilities to our academic programs in health sciences. The Human Anatomy laboratory offers students hands-on dissection experience with an emphasis on clinical pathologies, applicable to various disciplines and allied health professions.
Faculty are able to integrate gross anatomical dissection with modern teaching tools like, virtual imaging, electronic resources and video technology to aid the contemporary student. While the primary goal of the facility is to offer strong educational experiences to IC students, the HAL is also available for other events like independent small group dissection, continuing medical education, contracted coursework and tours.
The value of anatomical dissection
A strong foundation in anatomy is essential for those in the health sciences. Gross anatomical dissection has been performed for hundreds of years to understand the relationships of the bodies systems, organs, and tissues. Although the material being studied in anatomy has not changed much over that time, the advancements in technology and instruction have come a long way. In the Human Anatomy Lab, students are able to examine the tendons and muscles they’re studying up close. Then see how they function and track how they interact with other parts of the body in an experience you can’t replicate in any other way.