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Anatomical gift ceremony set for Saturday

A scene from the service in 2013.

A scene from the service in 2013. Photo by Susan Kahn.

Upstate presents its annual Anatomical Gift Program ceremony Saturday, April 26 in Syracuse University‘s Hendricks Chapel. The event draws hundreds of family members and loved ones of people who donated their bodies to Upstate for medical research and education.

Each year at the completion of the anatomy course, Upstate students honor the donors and their families at a memorial service presented by students from the College of Medicine , the Physician Assistant master‘s program and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Student hosts this year are Ramzi El Hassan and Kethia Eliezer from the College of Medicine Class of 2017, Megan Maloney from the PA program Class of 2015, and Matthew Harrison from the DPT program Class of 2016.

Upstate Interim President Gregory Eastwood, MD, will deliver the welcome, followed by an invocation from Robert Bundy, chaplain intern from Upstate University Hospital‘s Center for Spiritual Care. Music and poetry selections, as well as a reflection by a relative of a donor, will follow.