VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences will honor donors to the Body Donor Program and their families during a special memorial service at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the atrium of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medical and Science Building.
This is the ninth 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 show their appreciation to family members attending the memorial service.
“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.
“The anatomy laboratory is a unique educational experience, and the memorial service is an integral aspect of that experience,” said Dr. Stuart Inglis, director of medical anatomical laboratories and the body donation program. “Students have an opportunity to express their gratitude to the donors’ families, and to gain an appreciation of the rich and fulfilling lives that these people have led.”