"The great teacher is not the one who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each year families donate the bodies of their loved ones to help educate the next generation of healthcare providers. Over the coming year, the students, faculty, and staff at the University of New Mexico will begin planning a memorial garden in honor of anatomical donors and their families. The memorial will provide quiet oasis a permanent site on campus for both students and families to reflect on the gift of life and learning.
The students and faculty organize an annual memorial service to honor these donors. At this year’s memorial, the physician’s assistant class of 2011, physical therapy class of 2012, and medical doctorate class of 2013 offered the first memorial stone to be placed in the garden – a tradition and gift to be carried on by future classes.
The Memorial for Anatomical Donors is a new garden currently under development. If you want to find out more about the memorial or get involved in the planning, please contact the Leonard W. Napolitano Ph.D. Anatomical Education Center by calling (505) 272-5555.