“The Body Donation Program memorial service is an important opportunity for students, faculty and staff to show appreciation for our donors’ selfless gifts,” said Body Donation Program Assistant Brenda Auen. “The service also allows us to honor the families and friends who supported their loved ones’ wishes.”

This is the 19th year the memorial service has been held. Students from the medical, physician assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy programs will share testimonials and their appreciation to family members in attendance.

“The memorial service is integral to the human anatomy experience because it allows students to not only learn the human body but also the donor’s story,” said Auen. “We honor the donors and their families because they provide an invaluable learning experience that will impact our students and their patients for years to come.”

The School of Health Sciences and SSOM rely 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.

Visit the USD website for more information on the Body Donation Program.

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