Donating a Body Lets the Tree of Physicians Thrive–My Donor Memorial Service Speech

As I am sure you know, we take exams. We take patient histories. We may or may not go to class. We study… a lot.

Before all of this, however, we were newly inducted first year medical students, and Dr. Slaby introduced our class to our very first patients. They would become our best study buddies. While he spoke to us and explained how class would work, I thought about their families—you.

Wow, I thought.

How heroic.

How generous during a time of mourning could a family support a donor’s decision to help medical students. I thank our donors, and I thank you. You have helped create the next generation of physicians, us. (more…)

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I met, perhaps, the best study buddy.

I have seen dead bodies before. Two of my grandparents had open caskets. I have previously visited two cadaver labs—once during a medical school tour and once visiting a friend at medical school.

Similar to seeing my grandparents, I feel a pull into the lab to see the cadaver I will soon dissect. (more…)