What’s it like to get an MRI?


mri_womanBy: Jordan Gaines Lewis, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Program

During my first year at Penn State College of Medicine, I participated in an MRI research study. I laid in an MRI machine for 45 minutes and looked at pictures of chocolate while smelling chocolate odors. Tough life, right?

(Hershey really is the sweetest place on Earth…even in the labs!)

The MRI machine is rather big, rather loud (I wore headphones), and…rather claustrophobic. But it operates on a rather GENIUS principle!

Donate Your Body, Donate Knowledge


By: Kristy Pugh, 1st year graduate student in the Anatomy Program

8313620499_38971b9463_oWe sometimes hear people talk about “donating their bodies to science.”

But what happens to these bodies, and why would anyone choose to give their body away?

This past year, as a first-year graduate student, I had the opportunity to find the answers to these questions firsthand.

Our Gross Anatomy class was a 12-week course and involved a full cadaver dissection.