Health Professions Major
Career Path: Anatomy Professor
When Will Merbs talks about his work, it's like an artist discussing a blank canvas. A man in love with his job? You bet. Even if it involves teaching more than 400 medical school students how to properly dissect a cadaver.
Merbs graduated from Grand Valley in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in health sciences. For most of the year, he is a lab director and anatomy instructor at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. During the summer, Merbs returns to Grand Rapids to teach anatomy to surgical residents at Spectrum Health.
Merbs has been fascinated by anatomy and how the body works since he was about 8 years old. Tim Strickler, professor of anatomy in the Biomedical Sciences Department, said Merbs' passion and knowledge of anatomy helps make him a good teacher for a difficult subject.
There are 10 faculty members in the anatomy department at St. George's. Merbs said students rotate through living anatomy sections, cadaver labs and dry labs, which are used for case studies and imaging. And despite using the same cadaver repeatedly, Merbs said he can find endless ways to teach students about the inner workings of the body.