PCOM South Georgia Students Honor Donors with Memorial Service
May 25, 2023
With violin music, candles, flowers and speeches, PCOM South Georgia osteopathic medicine and biomedical sciences students recognized the lives and selfless contributions made by 12 people who donated
their bodies to science. Family members of the donors were invited to the service.
Students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) class of 2026 and the Master of
Biomedical Sciences (MS/Biomed) class of 2024 led the memorial service, held May 19
on the PCOM South Georgia campus. Darya Khani (DO ’26) and Sofia Sirocchi (DO ’26) performed four violin selections
during the event. Students spoke about the knowledge they gained as future physicians
and healthcare providers as a result of the body donor program.
Emma High (DO ’26) explained how she learned more than just anatomy facts.
“While working with your loved one, I learned the complexities of their body, shape
of the muscles, the branching of their arteries and veins, and the nerves that travel
throughout the body, across the heart that pumps blood and nutrients throughout the
lungs,” she said, before explaining that she later began to think of the life that
person lived. “The moment when your loved one transitioned from being a stranger to
becoming our patient was the one moment when I finally felt like a medical student.”
Many of the student physicians consider body donors their first patients. These students
also realize that their patients will require the holistic approach for which osteopathic
medicine is known.
Hima Chakka (DO ’26) spoke about how each body tells the story of the donor. That
experience caused her to reflect on her own life.
“I thought about if I could be as selfless as your family members,” she said to those
gathered for the memorial service. “I thought about the connections I made over time
and how thankful I am for their impact on my life. I realize I push aside these types
of self-reflection because when we’re busy we sometimes do that. But this experience
helped me realize that self-reflection is important for building empathy. This will
help us all become better doctors. Your family members have influenced us positively
in many ways.”
Students lit a candle for each of the 12 body donors being remembered.
“Just as we light candles for our donors, their contributions to our education will
continue to shine the light on our paths as future physicians,” said Teighlor Livingston
(DO ’26), chair of the class of 2026. “Let us constantly be reminded of the humanity
in our own contribution as we proceed forward in life and in practice.”
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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