Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Students and Faculty Give Thanks as Gross Anatomy Class Concludes
After 10 weeks of intense study during gross anatomy class Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) students bid farewell to their most intimate and greatest teachers during a blessing ceremony where they gave thanks to those who gave the ultimate gift. âThe men and women who dedicated their bodies to education have given you the opportunity to experience learning in a special way. Today, we gather to give thanks to God and them for all that youâve learned these past weeks,â said Sister Brenda Eagen, director of SSOM Department of University Ministry.
During the ceremony Father John OâCallaghan, S.J., asked Godâs blessing on the bodies one last time. Shoulder-to-shoulder the students who together took this important step in medical education paused for a moment of silence and reflection.
âSomeone sometime ago, before you arrived at medical school, made a decision on your behalf and you became a benefactor of that gift from a total stranger,â said Dr. Fred Wezeman, director of the structure of the human body medical course. âThe knowledge that you have as a result of that gift leaves this room with you, always remain appreciative of the gift.â
The ceremony was an opportunity to give thanks to those who even in their death bring life to others through the education of future physicians.
âThese bodies are gifts of knowledge and I wonder if they knew that their gift would transform our lives and open a whole new chapter in our medical education,â said Mona Patel, first year medical student. âWe all can say âthank youâ by applying the knowledge we have gained to help serve the many people we will encounter in our clinical practice.â