GA-PCOM Staff Profile December 21, 2016
Jeff Seiple, MBA, LFD, LE
Jeff Seiple is the anatomical coordinator/director of the body donor program at GA-PCOM.
He said the best advice he has received was "you never know where your journey will
take you in life -
treat everyone with respect and remain humble."
The following is part of an occasional series of profiles on faculty, staff and students
at Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). This profile features Jeff Seiple, MBA, LFD, LE, anatomical coordinator/director of the body donor program at GA-PCOM.
What are some lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Relationships matter. I am very sincere when I develop and cultivate business relationships
– people respect sincerity. It has gotten me far in my life.
What drew you to GA-PCOM?
I always wanted to direct and grow an anatomical donor program.
Who has influenced you in your professional life?
There are so many individuals that have influenced me; however, I must say that a
former boss always pushed me out in front of various industry groups to make presentations.
This was certainly uncomfortable for me. However, it shaped my ability to learn how
to converse and connect with different sized groups of people and ultimately assisted
me in developing my speaking skills. Today, I do 15-25 speaking presentations a year
to various groups including colleges, social workers, nurses, case managers and funeral
directors. The size of the groups extend anywhere from 10-350 people.
Who has influenced you in your personal life?
My parents and my wife are influences in my personal life.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
You never know where your journey will take you in life – treat everyone with respect
and remain humble.
Who are/were your role models and why?
A funeral director from my youth made a huge impact in my life. My father passed away
just before I started my high school sophomore year. The funeral director was so kind
and literally attended to every detail of my father’s death. I remember sitting in
the church on the day of my father’s funeral and thinking that I wanted to help people
like this person had helped my family. On the day of my father’s funeral service,
people at the church heard a eulogy – I heard a calling! This passion of wanting to
assist others in times of grief continues today as I frequently assist donors and
their families with questions regarding our body donation program.
Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-Fil-A Corporation, has also been a role model for
me. Years ago I asked him to speak to a management class I was teaching. To my surprise,
he graciously accepted my invitation. In his speech, he mentioned that he believed
in giving back to others in order to make a difference in people’s lives. His words
have always inspired and resonated with me.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Interacting with everyone on the GA-PCOM campus. Also, I enjoy working with our donor
families. It is truly rewarding in itself to work with such great people that want
to give back to medical education. There is no higher calling, in my opinion, than
to be of service to your fellow man. In essence, our wonderful donors and their families
epitomize the true spirit of generosity.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I don’t know whether there is such a thing as a typical day for me! I generally receive
phone calls anytime during the day and/or night regarding donorship. Usually, it is
a family member calling on behalf of an imminent death in their immediate family.
Other times, social workers or nurses call me regarding donor requirements. As a licensed
funeral director and embalmer, I understand that death can happen at any moment regardless
of the time of day. My background and training have equipped me well to direct our
donor program and work effectively with the public 24/7.
Tell us about some of the proudest moments in your life?
There are many outstanding moments in my life. However, I must say that one of the
highlights of my life has been as a member of the GA-PCOM “Structural Principles of
Osteopathic Medicine” (SPOM) Team. It has been so gratifying to work with and learn
from all of the talented doctors on our team. The team brings their “A” game to the
anatomy lab during each lab session. The dedication and time that everyone puts into
SPOM exudes true professionalism and commitment.
Also, I was very honored to be named a 2015 Frontline Champion at the Champions of
Healthcare Awards Ceremony given by GA-PCOM. In 2016, Brenau University inducted me
into the 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame.
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