Associate Dean Harold Cox and members of the Activist Lab host groups of middle and high school students from Blackstone Community Center on tours of the medical campus, as well as other Boston University facilities and campuses. “I didn’t want to bring them here and just show them a classroom” Cox explains, “I wanted them to start thinking about how their education can get them to what they want to be when they grow up.”
In a previous tour, Robert Bouchie, Director of the Anatomical Gifts program and Laboratory Manager of the Medical Gross Anatomy Lab enthusiastically welcomed the group into his space and explained his unconventional career path and why he loves his job current position with BU. Although the students were somewhat disappointed (with mingled relief) that their visit was not going to include seeing a cadaver, spirits were lifted when Rob announced that the opportunity to see, and even hold, a human brain was next on the agenda. With respect and reverence, the students took their turns donning medical gloves, holding the brain, and asking insightful questions about concussions, life, and the difference between the lab and the coroner’s office.
To learn about Rob and the work he does with the Anatomical Gift Program, check out this story in Bostonia Magazine.
So far, two additional tours are int eh works for the new academic year; one featuring the NEIDL and the other slated to explore the Charles River campus. For more information about the Blackstone Community Center visit their webpage.