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We are finishing up the GU/male reproduction block in our mechanisms of disease and surgical pathology classes. In lab this week, we grossed orchiectomy specimens and model prostates. In this profession, it is important to be able to adapt our knowledge to the many anatomical variants that each specimen may present. We learn the standard procedures for grossing each specimen, but need to be able to adjust our techniques to specimens that stray from the "normal" presentations. Our instructor, Natalie, made clay model prostates that we used in lab to practice grossing prostate specimens. Though these were not real prostates, the models helped us understand the prostate margins and how to open the specimen.
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