Wicked Local Plymouth // Published March 29, 2017 // By Wicked Local Staff
PLYMOUTH — On March 22, Quincy College welcomed a new addition to the Quincy College at Plymouth community: a synthetic cadaver, also referred to as a SynDaver, named after the company who produces the synthetic cadavers.
The SynDaver Surgical Model is an education-grade synthetic human cadaver complete with all bones, joints, muscles, organs and tendons found in normal human anatomy. The Surgical Model includes over 600 muscle composites and 200 bones. Major nervous system and vascular components are also included. The model features complete and functional musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and nervous systems. The model employs a heart pump which pumps synthetic blood from the heart and drainage towards the heart.
The purchase of the Syndaver was spearheaded by Dr. Dennis Burke, faculty at Quincy College of Plymouth and instructor of science. Burke originally had the idea to procure a synthetic cadaver after it SynDaver appeared on the television show, “Shark Tank.”
Quincy College is the first two-year college in Massachusetts to invest in a SynDaver and is the second college statewide; the first being Lasell College. This major investment is part of Quincy College at Plymouth’s over $2 million and 45,000 square-foot renovation over the past year. The college is expanding to meet the needs of its increasing enrollment, the highest since its founding in Quincy in 1958. The expansion and renovation of the Plymouth campus, founded in 1991, comes as the campus celebrates its 25th anniversary serving South Shore communities.