GA-PCOM held its annual body donor memorial service where family members were recognized
by students, faculty and staff members.
For students in the doctor of osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physician assistant studies programs at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM),
having an understanding of the human body’s function is vital. Thanks to the body
donor program at GA-PCOM, students are able to study firsthand the intricacies of
the human body and the relationships between systems.
As such, GA-PCOM recognizes that those who donate their remains to science make a
tremendous contribution to the body of knowledge surrounding medical education. Each
year GA-PCOM holds a donor memorial service to honor the donors and their family members.
The most recent memorial was Saturday, May 13.
“We can study from a wide variety of textbooks and resources, but the courage and
kindness of your family member’s donation has given us the opportunity to form this
foundation with hands-on learning that would not have been possible otherwise," said
DO 2020 Class Chair Ronak Patel during the service. "Nothing can replicate the masterwork
of the human body.”
A video that featured students expressing their thanks to the donors was shown at
the beginning of the service, just before the cremains of the donors were presented
to their family members. Candles were also lit in honor of the donors and family members
were invited to share stories and memories of their loved ones.
“Not a day goes by where I don’t utilize the lessons that I learned during my first
semester of med school, thanks to the selfless act made by the donor," said Ishan
Choppa (DO '20) in the student "thank you" video. "Their donation not only allowed
me to see the complexity of the human body, but the beauty of it as well, while simultaneously
reinforcing my passion as to why I decided to embark on this journey to medical school
in the first place.”
Donors are continually needed to support medical education programs. Any Georgia resident
at least 18 years old is eligible to register for the GA-PCOM Body Donation Program based upon the college’s donor criteria.
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: