UTICA, N.Y. – Donors gifted nearly $75,000 to SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s College of Health Sciences for a synthetic cadaver to use for hands-on training.
The silicone tool, called a SynDaver, is a life-sized anatomical model that simulates skeletal muscles, arteries, veins and nerves, as well as bones, joints, organs and tendons. The cadaver is meant to help students study on a tool the size and shape of a real human.
“Investments like this enhance our programs and provide our students and faculty with an opportunity to gain as close to a real-life experience as possible,” said Andrea LaGatta, SUNY Poly’s assistant vice president of development.
The purchase of the SynDaver was made possible by four donations totaling $74,658. Donors included:
• A memorial donation gifted "in memory of a remarkable man"
• The Dorothy Griffin Foundation
• The M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund (a donor-advised fund of The Community Foundation)
• SUNY Performance Improvement Fund