Lessons from Cadaver Dissection during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dasom Kim, Hyeijung Yoo, Young-Mee Lee, Im Joo Rhyu

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The rapid increase of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic from mid-February 2020 has led the anatomy department of the Korea University College of Medicine to cease the dissection laboratory. However, the hands-on anatomy laboratory experience is paramount to maximizing learning outcomes. In this paper, we share the experiences and lessons learned through the face-to-face cadaveric dissection experience during this disruptive situation. To minimize infection risks, the following strategies were applied: first, students’ on-campus attendance was reduced; second, body temperatures and symptoms were checked before entering the laboratory, and personal protective equipment was provided to all participants; and third, a negative pressure air circulation system was used in the dissection room. We suggest that conducting face-to-face cadaveric anatomy dissection is feasible when the daily count of newly infected cases stabilizes, and there is ample provision of safety measures to facilitate hands-on education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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© 2021 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.


  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Symptom Screening
  • Dissection Laboratory Operational Strategy
  • Personal Protective Equipment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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