Sunday, August 23, 2009

an incredible gift

As medical students, we have an amazing opportunity that only one half of one percent of people in this country have. In our educational pursuits, it is imperative that we learn the anatomy and inner-workings of the human body completely and entirely so that we can become knowledgeable and capable physicians. In order to do this, it is requisite that someone gives us an incredible gift...their body.

From day one, our professors impressed upon us the gravity and responsibility that comes with taking on a cadaver in our educational pursuits. There are times, there have been already, when the trials of medical school (namely Biochemistry) detract and distract us from why we are here in the first place. It only takes a moment with our cadaver to remember our goal.

By their choice, our donors have granted us the opportunity to learn first-hand the complexities, structure, and unique aspects of the most amazing creation on this planet, while demonstrating the beneficence that we hope to embody as future physicians. Physicians willing to put the needs of others ahead of their own.

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