VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences and the Sanford School of Medicine will honor the 2018 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 fifteenth 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 Body Donation Program’s Memorial Service is an important opportunity for students, faculty and staff to show appreciation for our donors’ selfless gifts. The service also allows us to honor the family and friends who supported their loved one’s wishes,” said Sara Bird, coordinator of the Body Donation Program.
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 memorial service is integral to the human anatomy experience, as not only learning the human body, but also learning this donor’s story. Our bodies tell our life history, in a way, and this is a unique experience that we are all deeply grateful to have,” Dr. Angela Schladoer, co-director of the Body Donation Program said. “We come to honor these people and their families, because they provide an invaluable learning experience that will impact our students and their patients for years to come.”
To learn more about the Body Donation Program, visit usd.edu/bodydonor.