Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Gives Blessing as Gross Anatomy Class Begins
Gross anatomy class is a rite of passage for all medical students, but at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) it’s so much more. Deeply-rooted in the Catholic tradition and Jesuit heritage, the entree into gross anatomy is a time for reflection on the sanctity of life.
As the first year students prepared to enter the anatomy lab for the first time a dedication and blessing ceremony was held to honor those who have donated their bodies to the education of SSOM students.
“Our medical center’s mission is inscribed in its mission statement: we believe in God’s presence in all our work. Apply that to what you begin today as you work in the laboratory,” said University Ministry Chaplain Jack O’Callaghan during the blessing ceremony. “Loving God, we ask you to gift us with reverence for these bodies as we work with them, and with keen understanding of what they have to teach us.”
The ceremony also was an opportunity to give thanks to those who even in their death bring life to others through the education of future physicians.
“There is no greater gift, no larger measure of support than to give one’s own body. These people who have gifted their bodies to us must have had a great deal of faith in us,” said Colette Harrington, first-year medical student. “To receive such a profound gift should not only garner our respect, but spur us on to excellence in our pursuit to help others.”
The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.