Guest Author: Aashay Sanghvi, intern, AZ SciTech Festival
A thousand things must have been rushing through Justin Foreman’s mind as he witnessed his first autopsy at Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Incredible! Amazing! Not quite what I thought. Justin is an intern with Banner and he could not believe he was staring at actual human flesh in a real-life lab environment. Before coming into this internship, he envisioned something else about what an actual autopsy would be. He could not put into words his amazement at how the true procedure turned out. Justin found that going through these autopsies with professionals at his side was the most interesting stuff he had done in his young career. Justin’s internship takes place specifically in the neuropatho lab, in Banner’s Brain Bank. He is working on a research paper that examines the link between Alzheimer’s disease and the heart. Some of the fascinating work he does includes tissue staining and tissue pulls. He finds this work satisfying, but does not know if he strictly wants to be a researcher. Justin has his sites set on medical school and after observing how he works in the lab, I am sure he will reach his goal.
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