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Subject Sacred Ceremony at Korea University College of Medicine Honors 70 Individuals of the Past Year Who Donate Body to Science
Selection News Date 2020-07-06 Read 183

Sacred Ceremony at Korea University College

 

of Medicine Honors 70 Individuals of the Past

 

Year Who Donate Body to Science

 

 

 

Korea University College of Medicine (Dean Young-Wook Yoon) organized

 

Service of Gratitude memorializes individuals who donated their bodies to

 

science at Kwang-sa Yoo Hall of College of Medicine Main Building on the 2nd

 

(Thursday) at 4:30 PM.

 

 

The service included a moment of silence, Dean’s words of appreciation,

 

student representative’s words of appreciation, Professor of Department of

 

Anatomy Chang-Sub Uhm’s words of appreciation, dedication ceremony, and

 

wreath laying of leaders, members, and students. The service was broadcasted

 

online in real-time to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

“I pay solemn tribute to the donors and their families bequeathed their bodies to

 

science. Today, through the service, it will be a meaningful place to think about

 

the meaning of dedication engraved on the Monument of Appreciation and

 

reflect on the vocation of a doctor.” Dean Young-Wook Yoon said in his

 

remarks.

 

 

“There is a saying in the college that donors are the first patient and teacher of

 

medical students. They teach more than any book ever could. I pay my deepest

 

respect and appreciation to donors and their families who bequeathed their

 

bodies to science and ultimately humanity. You helped foster our dreams of

 

becoming a physician. We won’t let you down.” Freshmen representative

 

Taekyung Lee added.

 

 

“Anatomy is not only learning the structure and function of the body, but also

 

studying wishes of donors, and a body donation requires a noble spirit of

 

philanthropy and sacrifice, necessary to make a better world, that is truly

 

beyond words.” Prof. Chang-Sub Uhm stated. “I hope all of you to become a

 

good doctor who listens to and empathizes with patients’ suffering and prove

 

oneself worthy of the donor’s confidence and dedication.”

 

 

The names of 70 individuals who donated their bodies to science from April of

 

last year to March this year were solemnly read out. Dean Young-Wook Yoon of

 

College of Medicine, Dean GyeongAe Seomun of College of Nursing, and

 

professors of Department of Anatomy laid flowers on the altar. Students laid

 

chrysanthemum flowers on the Monument of Appreciation bearing the names of

 

donors and paid silent tribute.

 

 

College of Medicine holds an annual service of gratitude on the third Thursday

 

of April every year to memorialize individuals who donated their bodies to

 

science, but it had been delayed twice this year due to COVID-19 and was

 

broadcasted online in real-time via YouTube observing social-distancing. Since

 

the erection of the Monument of Appreciation bearing the names of donors in

 

1996, along with the College of Medicine’s initiatives to promote body

 

donation, the number of donations steadily increased and it amounts to 1,326

 

from 1982 to 2020 and 7,545 people registered their intent to donate their body.

 

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