District 210 Science Departments allow students to observe/interact with live autopsy
Monday, April 23, 2018

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Knights and Griffins enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology classes and Forensic Science classes had the opportunity to view an autopsy via livestream. This is the second time District 210 students have participated in the event. Lincoln-Way East science teachers initially learned about the opportunity, called “Live from the Morgue,” in November of 2016 while attending the Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) conference. Last May, Griffins participated in the event; this year, they were joined by the Knights.

“We were thrilled to share this experience with the Knights,” says Lincoln-Way East Science Department Chair, Maria Wilson. “I look forward to continuing this experience in the future as well as creating more opportunities for our students.”

Founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago, Dr. Ben Margolis, welcomed students to observe the autopsy, form hypotheses and ask questions throughout the process. Students were able to use Twitter to ask questions as the autopsy occurred, allowing Margolis to answer their inquiries through video conferencing in real time.

"Having the chance to see exactly what a job would look like in this type of field is a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget" says Lincoln-Way East Forensic Science student Erin Klein.

Margolis aims to educate students about the autopsy process. While most young adults are able to observe medical procedures when enrolled in college, allowing those in high school to view the procedure often piques student interest in the medical field at a younger age.

"How many students can say that they were able to view, investigate, and discuss an autopsy?” said Lincoln-Way Central Science Department Chair, Sarah Highfill. “That is what is so cool about collaborating with Dr. Margolis. One of his goals of the Autopsy Center of Chicago is educating others and he hit the mark with our Lincoln-Way students.”

Students’ attention was completely captured throughout the procedure as Margolis narrated his autopsy of the body. During the presentation, student expressions ranged from “interested” to “shocked” as they observed the process.

Senior Delaney LoConte is enrolled in Forensic Science; she viewed the autopsy from the Knights’ Round Table community room in Lincoln-Way Central. She said, "I liked it; it was interesting to see. The most interesting parts were the brain dissection and how Dr. Margolis separated out each of the organs to examine them. It is such a process; I never knew that."

Senior Knight Lucas Brunger is enrolled in both Forensic Science and Anatomy & Physiology classes. He says, "My favorite part was removing the sternum and the entire chest cavity was available to be viewed. Dr. Margolis just removed the entire plate! This opportunity, matched with the Live from the Heart, has been really cool to be part of my senior year."

"It was an unforgettable learning experience; I will remember it forever,” says Maggie Huizinga, a Griffin enrolled in Forensic Science.