Lakeshore Report

IUN Med Students Honor A Sacrifice for Science

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By: Hilary Powell

January 27, 2014 — A local university program wants future doctors to say a proper farewell to people whom they consider to be their first patients.

Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest (IUSM-NW) hosted a memorial service this month to honor six anatomical donors, who gifted their bodies to scientific learning.

Ernest Talarico, an associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and the director of the Gary, Ind memorial program says the annual event teaches students to honor all aspects of life, including death.

This year’s ceremony paid tribute to anatomical donors Lydia Grady, Mair Evans, Carolyn Metzger, John Hartman, Russell Matthews, Joshua Pate and child patients.

Jeremy Kroeger, the brother of donor Joshua Pate, drove from Utica, Ky. to pay tribute to his brother’s selfless sacrifice, he says.

“It gives me a chance to see him one more time,” he says.

We hear more about Josh and from a first-year medical student, who takes our cameras inside the ceremony on “Lakeshore Report,” Friday at 7 CST.


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