By Wendy Sarubbi | May 24, 2012 2:44 pm

Partnership wears many hats at the University of Central Florida, and recently, that community interaction hat was an authentic Stetson.

Guenevere Rae, Health Sciences Laboratory Coordinator for Stetson University, presented the hat to Anatomy Professor Andrew Payer in appreciation for the opportunity he provided Stetson health students to learn at the College of Medicine’s Anatomy Lab.

During 15 weeks at the medical school, students at Stetson, a liberal arts university in DeLand, view the human body in a cadaver lab and learn from College of Medicine faculty and medical students. In addition, Stetson has invited Dr. Payer to speak about his 40-year career in teaching and implementing clinical anatomy programs in medical schools.

Stetson is known as the Hatters, so Ms. Rae honored Dr. Payer with an authentic hat. She says that while books, models and virtual cadavers provide some educational value, a student’s ability to study the body in three dimensions is invaluable. “They get to see how unbelievably unique our bodies are,” she said.

Dr. Payer was most impressed with the enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to learn exhibited by the Stetson undergraduates. “I am confident these students will make us proud some day in the health professions they chose for their eventual careers” he said.

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