Club Med plans to visit Medical Academic Center on Feb. 22

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Sophomore Deborah Liu picks up a Club Med locker sign during one of the club's meetings. In the meeting, Anaelle Zimmowitch, Club Med co-president and senior, discussed the upcoming axolotl experiment as well as the cadaver dissections. AARON SHI / PHOTO
Sophomore Deborah Liu picks up a Club Med locker sign during one of the club’s meetings. In the meeting, Anaelle Zimmowitch, Club Med co-president and senior, discussed the upcoming axolotl experiment as well as the cadaver dissections. AARON SHI / PHOTO

This year, Club Med will again offer members the opportunity to visit the Medical Academic Center (MAC) to witness a corpse or cadaver dissection. According to Anaelle Zimmowitch, Club Med co-president and senior, the event will take place on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the trip, including course materials and lunch, is $75.

The upcoming trip will be Zimmowitch’s third visit to the MAC. “On my first time seeing a cadaver, the head was covered, and my cadaver didn’t have arms. It was weird coming in and realizing that there was a human on the table,” she said. “I’ve dissected frogs, but I never thought about dissecting a human.” She also said it is not uncommon for some to sit down for a moment.

Club Med sponsor Sarah Gillim has also visited the MAC several times for the cadaver dissection. According to Gillim, the trip will include a knee and shoulder arthroscopy, in which the scientists will explain parts of the knee and shoulder joints. “The knee arthroscopy was particularly fascinating to me,” she said.

Along with the upcoming trip to the MAC, Club Med also plans to resume its experiment on axolotls, animals that can regenerate lost limbs. The process will include cutting the limbs of the axolotls, waiting for a stem cell clump to grow and grafting the clump onto another limb. The experiment, although done last year, was not successful. However, Zimmowitch said she hopes the experiment will be successful this year, since she discovered the reason for the experiment’s failure.

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