Clostridium tetani, the bacteria that causes tetanus, lives in the soil. In spore form, it can remain infectious for more than 40 years. Infection occurs when the spores in the soil enter a wound site. The spores release bacteria that produce a toxin which blocks nerve signals from the spinal cord to the muscles. Severe muscle spasms result. The spasms can be so intense that muscles tear and vertebrae fracture.
Welcome to Cybersurgeons!
The Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University has developed CyberSurgeonsTM through a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health. CyberSurgeons is a comprehensive educational project designed to increase high school students’ knowledge of human anatomy and physiology along with the clinical trial process. The project is a perfect fit in biology, anatomy and physiology, health, and related classes as well as in some guidance classes that have a careers component.
In addition to human anatomy content, students who use CyberSurgeons materials gain a better understanding of translational science (moving knowledge from the research lab to a clinical setting), the clinical trials process, and how advances are made in healthcare.
- Problem-based learning modules
- Case-based learning modules
- Healthcare career directory
- Teacher professional development for problem-based
and case-based learning in the classroom.
- Body system curriculum
- Clinical trials
Key Resources contains a wealth of information for students and teachers in human biological sciences. Students can browse through subjects or use the resources for research projects.
Free Materials for Teachers links to and describes free posters, lesson plans, learning guides, and DVDs on a variety of anatomy and physiology, biology, and health topics.
Spotlight on Careers provides quick information about various healthcare careers.
Did you know about a worm that lives in a human eye for 15 years or about bacteria from tongue piercing infections traveling to the heart? Cyber Fast Facts teaches interesting facts about human body systems, diseases, parasites, and consequences of unhealthy choices.
And, of course, everything is linked to Standards.
We hope you find the site engaging and informative. Our goal is to twofold: to motivate students to explore human anatomy and physiology topics and learn more about the clinical trials processes that develop life-saving medicines, therapies, and surgical procedures, and to assist teachers in delivering effective, engaging materials that increase students’ knowledge base, critical thinking skills, and interest in science careers.
We want to know what you think. If you have feedback or questions on CyberSurgeons materials or this site in general, please let us know.
SPOTLIGHT ON CAREERS
Investigate and describe the causes and distribution of diseases, disabilities, or health conditions and study ways for prevention and control. They monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health departments and educate workers, patients and the general public about communicable diseases.
Average Salary $63,010
Education-Years After High School 4-8 (college-doctoral degree)
Job Outlook Good