Absolutely you should do it! Post-mortum exams are a great way to see anatomy and appreciate the structure of the human body. As far as preparing…eat breakfast before you go, if you get nervous, dizzy or light-headed sit down, and remind yourself that this person is no longer living and therefore can not feel anything being done to them. It’s a great opportunity!
As a pathologist, I’d be interested to hear how your experience goes and what you thought of the autopsy. Let us know.
Also keep in mind that once the autopsy is over, the work has only just begun. Depending on the case, we may order lab tests on the blood and take tissue samples to examine under the microscope. It would be a great learning experience if you could get involved in that aspect also.