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Future doctors of America could be inspired by medical exhibitions at one La Crosse school



Kids at one La Crosse school had an up-close, hands-on anatomy lesson Monday. 

They learned about human hearts and brains, by picking them up and touching them. 

The students handled actual body parts from cadavers, as supplied by medical workers from Gundersen Health System in .

The organ display was part of Science Medicine Day at Northside Elementary School. 

A Gundersen staffer helps a Northside School student handle a preserved human brain and spinal cord on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022.

The chief of medical staff at Gundersen, Dr. Robyn Borge, said the hospital goes to one school in the La Crosse district during the year, to put on a day of medical exhibitions.

“They are learning about healthy living, casts, injury prevention, germs, why it’s important to get vaccines, and even a little gross anatomy.” Borge said.

Many students who lined up to feel the body parts said the experience was cool. They asked the medical experts why the organs might not look like they were expecting. Gundersen staffers explained about an absence of blood in the organs, and about preservation methods.

In one classroom, kids talked about how they’ve broken their arms and legs in the past, as they learned about X-rays and setting bones.

Borge hopes that hands-on lessons could get kids to consider future careers in medicine.

Kids at Northside Elementary in La Crosse get practice in giving shots, by injecting a needle into an orange on Oct. 10, 2022.

“We have doctors, we have nurses, we have medical assistants,” she days. “It is our hope that we may inspire some of these young people to consider fields in medicine down the road.”

The Northside students also tried giving vaccinations, sticking needles into oranges.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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