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) itâs 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.
âOur medical centerâs mission is inscribed in its mission statement: we believe in Godâs presence in all our work. Apply that to what you begin today as you work in the laboratory,â said University Ministry Chaplain Jack OâCallaghan during the blessing ceremony. âLoving 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.â
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.
âThere is no greater gift, no larger measure of support than to give oneâs own body. These people who have gifted their bodies to us must have had a great deal of faith in us,â said Colette Harrington, first-year medical student. âTo receive such a profound gift should not only garner our respect, but spur us on to excellence in our pursuit to help others.â