UM Neuroscience Faculty Lead Brain Lab for MedStart Students

MedStart students dissecting a sheep brain.

One of the highlights of this summer’s MedStart camp was a brain dissection lab led by Neuroscience lecturer Dr. Katie Holick. During the presentation, Dr. Holick reviewed different regions of the brain and their functions.  In addition, she outlined what happens to patients when different areas are injured or not functioning properly.

Dr. Holick noted, “It was great to see the students doing a hands-on exploration of the brain during our sheep brain dissection. They asked incredibly insightful questions about neurological diseases the areas of the brain that are affected.”


MedStart student doing a sheep brain dissection.

The MedStart camp provides a week-long introduction to health sciences, college pathways and career opportunities.  The program prioritizes the recruitment of rural, minority, low-income, and first-generation college students who wish to pursue a career in the health sciences.  The MedStart camp is Organized by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and coordinated by Lily Apedaile of UM’s Health and Medicine program (UMHM).