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Students Honor Anatomical Donors 
Body Donor Memorial Service


August 11, 2021
Through the generosity of anatomical donors, first-year DO and biomedical sciences students are able to perform hands-on training to learn the human body.
PCOM South Georgia staff and students held a memorial service to honor body donors and their families.

Through the generosity of anatomical donors, first-year medical and graduate students are able to complete hands-on training to learn the human body.


“Being on campus and learning from the oldest teacher—the human body—helped bring a sense of normalcy to our first year of school.”

Student Doctor Katrina Hall (DO ‘24) was one of many who spoke to the impact that donors and their families had made in her medical education at a recent body donor memorial service held at PCOM South Georgia. Students, staff and faculty honored the families and loved ones who donated their bodies to science during an intimate ceremony.

Hall continued, “Through the sacrifice of your family members and loved ones, we were able to see firsthand how the systems of the body work together and the systemic impact when something in the body does not function correctly. Their lives have had countless impacts. The donation of their bodies to science has brought healing to our class and will contribute to the healing of many others.”

First-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students and biomedical sciences graduate students spend their first academic year at PCOM South Georgia learning firsthand the intricacies of the human body in the anatomy lab. It is through the generosity of anatomical donors that hands-on training is possible.

Shiv Dhiman, MD, associate professor of anatomy, worked with the students during the academic year, spending many hours in the anatomy lab together with the donors. He said, “On this special day, we gather to honor and remember the generous and selfless gift your loved ones have given to PCOM. It is due to their generosity that our medical students have the opportunity to learn about the anatomical body as they move forward on their journey as physicians.”

John Abdool (DO ‘24), class chair, said, “The body is foremost in our understanding as future physicians. Without our donors’ generous gift to PCOM South Georgia, we would not even be the same future physicians standing here today. While we have all gone through many hardships over the past year, I cannot begin to understand the continued generosity and selflessness behind our donors and their families for this gracious gift in medicine.”

Learn more about the body donor program at PCOM South Georgia.

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  • About PCOM South Georgia

    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields. Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state, PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019, has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.

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