USD hosts memorial service to honor donors to Body Donor Program

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences and the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota will honor 2010 donors to the Body Donor Program and their families during a special memorial service at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 at the atrium of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medical and Science Building.

This is the seventh year of the memorial service that honors family members by recognizing the contribution of their loved ones who gave a special gift to the study of medicine. Students from the medical, physician assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy programs along with faculty and staff will share testimonials and their appreciation to family members in attendance.

“The memorial service is a unique opportunity for donors’ families to know that their loved one was treated with care and respect,” said event coordinator Carleen McNeely. “And that their loved one’s gift was not just a value to students and faculty in our program but to the study of medicine.”

The Sanford School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences relies on the voluntary donation of bodies for medical and other professional health programs. Body donations are crucial in teaching gross anatomy as the foundation for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, occupational and physical therapists, and paramedics. Donors have served as the “first patient” for thousands of USD students.

“This program has both an emotional and educational impact on our students and faculty,” said Jane Gavin, director of medical anatomical laboratories. “I think the memorial service means as much to them as it does to the family members we are honoring.”

ABOUT THE SANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 206 undergraduate and 71 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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