R.I. nursing high school first in region to use synthetic cadaver

STUDENTS AT RHODE ISLAND Nurses Institute Middle College check out the synthetic cadaver, which the school was able to purchase with a grant from the Champlin Foundation. / COURTESY RINIMC
STUDENTS AT RHODE ISLAND Nurses Institute Middle College check out the synthetic cadaver, which the school was able to purchase with a grant from the Champlin Foundation. / COURTESY RINIMC

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College in Providence has acquired a synthetic cadaver, using the new technology in its classroom, one of only seven in the world to do so, according to an RINIMC press release.

“Syndavers,” made by SynDaver Labs in Tampa, Fla., contain hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, veins and arteries – all made from materials that mimic live tissue in terms of its mechanical, thermal and physicochemical properties.

The new addition to the school was possible due to a Champlain Foundation grant, said RINIMC CEO Pamela McCue.

“We greatly appreciate the generous donation from the Champlin Foundation,” she said in a statement. “The SynDaver technology will clearly help RINIMC students master advanced coursework in biology, anatomy, physiology and nursing-assistant training, courses integral to our nursing curriculum and required for admission into the state’s college nursing programs.”

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The technology is used by medical students in place of live animals, cadavers and humans in medical-device studies, nursing trainings and surgical simulations.

The University of Rhode Island is the only college in the state with a synthetic cadaver, according to an RINIMC press release.

The Champlin Foundation, which supports work of nonprofits in the state, is based in Providence.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.