On April 28th 2011, the class of 2014 and the anatomy department at NYCOM hosted the Donor Memorial Service. NYCOM faculty, students, and administration joined together to honor the families and people who helped enhance the education of the first year class. The service was a way to show NYCOM’s gratitude and respect to the families and people who, with a selfless and touching gift, gave the first year medical students the opportunity to learn and appreciate the anatomy of the human body.
Each student of the class of 2014 expressed their respect and thanks in the form of writing. A compilation of poems and writings was a collective and united way that the class of 2014 revealed their feelings and thanks to the families and people who contributed to their medical education. A stone was dedicated to the people who had donated their bodies to the benefit of our medical education; white flowers were placed on the stone by the first year students in remembering the donor’s lives.
Carved on the stone was the following excerpt from Albert Pike, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world will always remain.” The class of 2014 will never forget those that contributed to their medical education.
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