First Patients Teach Students Intricacies of Human BodyMay 12, 2022
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” This quote attributed
to Confucius aptly applies to medical education, Lori Redmond, PhD, professor of anatomy and neuroscience at PCOM Georgia, said.
Last Saturday, PCOM Georgia students, faculty and staff members gathered in the campus
Atrium to celebrate the individuals who selflessly gave of themselves to ensure future
healthcare providers truly understand the intricacies of the human body.
Family members and friends of these donors were invited to a breakfast and a ceremony
planned by students in which they received the cremains of their loved ones, hand-written
thank you notes and expressions of gratitude.
Dr. Redmond said, “We learn from your family members not only how wonderfully we are
made and knit together, but also a life story through scraped knees, interesting tattoos
and past surgeries.”
“It is through doing and interacting with the donated bodies that our students and future physicians learn,” she said. “And learn they must to
become the best and most capable physicians and healthcare practitioners.”
Student doctors Michael Bien (DO ’25) and Christy Kang (DO ’25), class representatives,
led the planning of the service. Bien welcomed the attendees.
He said, “Today we have the privilege of honoring the memories of 40 truly selfless
individuals who served as some of our earliest and most important teachers in our
training throughout this past year. The lessons they instilled in us ranged from medical
proficiency all the way to empathy, humility and most importantly compassion.”
Jeff Seiple, director of Anatomical Donor Services, explained that the donors have been teachers
for approximately 135 medical students, 32 physician assistant students, 40 physical therapy students and 70 biomedical sciences students. “What an incredible legacy to pass on to the next generation of healthcare providers,”
Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn remarked, “During their time here with us, your loved ones have been teachers, a
profession I believe, as a non-educator myself, to be reflective of the noblest and
“Individually and collectively, your loved ones have caused our students to understand
and to know the human body. They have caused our students to appreciate humanity and
the human condition and what it means to make a selfless gift of oneself,” he said.
One donor was perhaps influenced by her son’s experience as a medical student at the
Medical College of Georgia almost 40 years ago. Her sons, Charles Haver and Paul Haver,
MD, a family medicine practitioner in Athens, recalled that their mother, Marceline
Haver, had talked about donating her body to science for about 30 years. Grandson
Daniel, who also attended the service, said his grandmother was a piano teacher. She
was always reading, writing and learning. And she never stopped contributing.”
Dr. Andrea Mann, chief academic officer and dean of osteopathic medicine, thanked the donors’ family
members and friends. She said, “You have trusted our students to learn from and care
for your family members. And, for that, we sincerely thank you. I am confident that
our students will never forget and cherish your loved ones and their priceless gift.
We are forever grateful.”
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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