Convocation of Thanks Honors Anatomical Donors

by Jennifer Nachbur

To honor the individuals who graciously made anatomical gifts to the University of Vermont, faculty, staff and students from the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2014, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Class of 2013, and first-year Neuroscience Graduate program will host a “Convocation of Thanks” service on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel. Families of anatomical donors have been invited to attend the event.

The Anatomical Gift Program facilitates whole-body donations that allow medical students, health professionals, and clinical specialists to study the structure of the human body, conduct anatomical reviews, and develop new clinical procedures. The Program is currently managed by the UVM College of Medicine’s Office of Medical Student Education and is directed by Sarah Greene, Ph.D., lecturer of anatomy and neurobiology.

A reception at the Billings Center will follow the service.

A granite bench, located in Burlington’s Greenmount Cemetary, features this message in memory of anatomical donors: “The UVM College of Medicine medical students dedicate this bench to those people who so generously donated their bodies to science. They were some of our best teachers.”