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Instructor Elisa Noel and assistant instructor Weston Horne (bottom center) pictured with the participants of the Fall Basic Training class in Salt Lake City, Utah

Jonathan Bennion

An Interview with Jonathan Bennion from the Institute of Human Anatomy

1. How did you get involved with Cadaver Labs and Dissection?
My involvement with anatomy, cadavers, and dissection started when I took an anatomy class from Professor Mark Nielsen at the University of Utah in 2007. I had no idea that this one class would take my life on a whole new journey because at the time, I was just taking the class as a prerequisite to a graduate degree. I was fortunate to do well enough in the class that Mark asked me to be a teaching assistant, and the next semester he asked me to be a permanent teaching assistant, and the following year I was a teaching assistant in his advanced neuroanatomy class. This meant I got a key to the cadaver lab and that I would be training other teaching assistants. For the next four years I taught in the lab while having total access to cadavers, dissection projects, and a multitude of educational opportunities that furthered my knowledge of the human body.

2. How did the Institute of Human Anatomy come about?Jonathan, Elisa & Amber
While finishing my degree, I decided that I wasn't quite ready to go to graduate school because I wanted to continue teaching. I took a position at the Utah College of Massage Therapy (UCMT). I wasn't a massage therapist, just an anatomy geek, but I quickly found an appreciation for massage and what it could do for health and wellness. When I initially started, UCMT had an agreement with the University of Utah that allowed their students to access the University's cadaver lab. This was exciting to me as I could still take students to the lab that I had learned so much from. Unfortunately, UCMT and the University decided to end their agreement. The students were very disappointed, and for the next year students frequently asked me if there was another lab that they could go to. There were no great alternatives at the time, especially for students that wanted to attend a technical college rather than a typical university program. Finally, an idea came to me... Why don't I start my own anatomy lab? Initially it seemed like an unrealistic dream, but the first person I called was my brother-in-law, Jeremy Jones. Jeremy is not an anatomist, but he knows business and he knows it well, not to mention he was very intrigued with such a unique (others might use the word "weird") business idea. We came up with a list of things for each of us to do, and as we continued moving through this "to-do" list the idea seemed more and more plausible. There were so many schools with programs that required anatomy that did not have access to a lab, and so many of them were interested in working with us. Finally, one of the major school districts in Salt Lake City, Granite School District, caught wind of what we were trying to do, and quickly scheduled a meeting with us. They wanted their high school students that were registered for their technical programs to have access to cadavers, and they wanted us to house our lab in their facility, Granite Technical Institute. I still have a very vivid memory of leaving that meeting, and while walking in the parking lot with Jeremy we both had big smiles, and I said, "I think we just opened a cadaver lab." Jeremy said, "Yep, I think we did." We opened the doors in January of 2013, and thousands of students have had access to this amazing machine that we call the human body. 

3. Can you tell us a little bit about the body donor program and how it affects IHA?
Our cadaver lab obtains bodies from the University of Utah Body Donor Program. When a potential donor is still living and they have an interest in donating their body for the use of science and education, they meet with the body donor program. The donor program does an excellent job educating the person and family members about what exactly the body can and cannot be used for. The person can then choose if they would like to be a "return to family" body, meaning that their remains will be returned to their family within 2 years, or a "common grave" body, meaning that their remains will be placed at a common grave site at the Salt Lake City cemetery (these bodies can be kept by labs for up to 10 years). Regardless of the type of body the donor chooses to be, we as a lab have to keep the tissues separate for each body. At the end of use we return all tissues and remains that belong to a particular body so that all can be cremated together and the ashes delivered to the proper location. We looked into working with multiple body donor programs, however the University of Utah Body Donor Program has very strict standards of how bodies are to be used and cared for, and these standards aligned with our values. We have maintained a great relationship with the body donor program, and this has allowed us to have even more access to these amazing gifts from many different donors.

4. Can you tell us how it's different teaching to SI practitioners compared to other professions?GSI at IHA
Working with SI practitioners has been extremely fun. These students tend to have a very strong foundation in anatomy, especially in regard to muscles and fascia. There have been many interesting discussions about fascia and how this tissue relates to their profession, but our classes go way beyond just what fascia is. These students want to know details such as how fascia relates to muscles, bones, organs, and even the nervous system. This has allowed us to have discussions about what is actually happening to tissues while they are working on their clients, as well as allowed us to explore many new ideas about myofacial and neuromuscular relationships. Throughout the courses with SI practitioners, each student is extremely passionate and engaged in the learning of anatomy, which makes a teacher's job even more exciting.

5. What do you want people to know most about the IHA?
The main purpose of the Institute of Human Anatomy is to provide access to cadavers for the use of anatomical education. There are many students that prefer a different educational experience than the typical 4-year university, and many of these students choose to attend schools that have programs that require knowledge of anatomy. However, these schools do not have the resources to have their own anatomy lab, and this is where we come in. We wanted to provide an affordable option for these students and schools to have access to the best possible way to learn anatomy, and that is from cadavers. We believe that even with the multitude of new books, apps, and technology, that there will never be a replacement for learning anatomy in a cadaver lab, and we have worked extremely hard to ensure that each student gets the best educational experience possible when they walk through our doors. 

To spend more time with Jonathan in his cadaver lab at the Institute of Human Anatomy, check out our upcoming workshop, Advanced Review 1: Cadaver Lab, Dissection, and Review of Sessions 1-3, May 17- May 22, 2018.



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