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[January 20, 2012]                                                  

First Anatomy Education Day for High School Students at SUNY Downstate

Students from five Brooklyn high schools will learn about gross anatomy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center on Anatomy Education Day, Monday, January 23. The event, sponsored by the American Association of Anatomists, is taking place at ten medical schools statewide with the support of the Associated Medical Schools of New York.

Samuel Márquez, PhD, who initiated the Anatomy Education Day event, says, “We want to give young people a hands-on and up-close experience in anatomy that will motivate them to think about pursuing a career in medicine or the allied health sciences.” Dr. Márquez is director of anatomy in SUNY Downstate’s College of Health Related Professions and co-discipline director of anatomy in the College of Medicine. The students attending the event are enrolled in Downstate’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), which is sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs.

The students will visit Downstate’s Anatomy Laboratory, where faculty members and technical assistants will provide them with an overview of human anatomy. The young people then will visit several individual stations, staffed by faculty and Downstate students, where they will learn about skeletal systems, the skulls of several animal species, hearts, brains, and lungs. The participating students will make a presentation to fellow students when they return to their high school.   


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.