Students at St. Louis University honored those who donated their bodies for medical education at an interfaith memorial service on Friday, November 11.
The service is put together by first-year medical students led by Dr. John Martin, Dr. Dan Daly, Dr. Dan Daly and Dr. Aidan Ruth. of the Center for Anatomical Science Education (CASE); Erin Fitzpatrick of the Campus Ministry;
Students are involved in all aspects of the service, including selecting and performing music, creating artwork for the program, and picking flowers to be used in the flower procession. First-year medical students, graduate students, and students of the Allied Health Department also serve during the memorial service reception and reception.
Student Stanley Wu thanked the families in attendance for the gifts of knowledge, humanity, and selflessness given to him and his fellow SLU students.
Will Rudder used his observations to quantify the gift of donors to families. Rudder found that the average doctor sees 20 patients a day in 2018 Cited a study of the year. He said that assuming medical students work 50 weeks a year, he and his 181 classmates each could see about 7,000 patients a year.
“That’s 1,274,000 patients a year,” he said. “That’s the number your relatives help us cure in a year. Your relatives touch the lives of people they never know.”
Carly Olsen shares how seeing the bright pink nail polish worn by her body donor connected with her childhood babysitters, and how she used to brush older women’s hands every week. We talked about how we spent our time.
“I used to paint her nails red, purple and blue, but her favorite was bright pink because it got the most compliments in church,” she said. “Life is made up of these most precious moments. Your family showed us how fleeting and precious life can be.
This service, held at St. Francis Xavier College Church, honors traditions of all faiths represented in medical school classes. This year’s service included prayers from Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Jesus of Latter-day Saints His Christ Church traditions.
gift body program
Each year, people donate their bodies to the SLU School of Medicine’s Gift Body Program through the Center for Anatomical Science and Education to educate medical students, allied health students, and residents. Between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022, 372 people donated bodies to his SLU.
The Gift Body Program at St. Louis University is committed to excellence in research and teaching. The study of human anatomy has long been essential for training physicians, physical therapists, and other health science professionals.
Twice a year, the remains are buried in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 7030 Gravois Ave. Cemetery services are conducted by the College of Medicine’s Campus Minister and attended by CASE faculty and staff.
The site has one generic gravestone that reads, “St. Louis University and its students appreciate the charity of those buried here who contributed their remains to the advancement of medicine.”
For more information about the Gift Body Program, please call 314-977-8027.
Founded in 1836, the St. Louis University School of Medicine is notable for awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides healthcare at the local, national, and international levels. Research at the school seeks new treatments and cures in five major areas: infectious diseases, liver disease, cancer, heart/lung disease, and aging and brain disorders.