by Daphne Lo
Class of 2011
October 12, 2007
During these nine weeks of our ten week anatomy course, we first year medical students went from knowing the general head, shoulders, knees and toes, to knowing the human body inside and out. In this time, we gained and strengthened our foundational knowledge of the human body enough to begin taking our first steps into the rest of our medical education and careers. We came so far in nine weeks, and we could not have done it without the help of you and your loved one.
Your loved one’s gift and your sacrifice was our opportunity to establish the base upon which hinges all our ability to help, heal, and cure. Plastic models and lectures cannot fully teach the numerous relationships each muscle, nerve, and fiber has with each other in the body. No amount of power-point slides can fully demonstrate the infinite variations and individual uniqueness within each person as effectively as our physical examinations these past two months. Without a strong understanding of the intricacies of the human body, we do not have the most fundamental instrument we need to correctly identify ailments, diagnoses, and treatments. Only with you and your loved one’s help could we form the essential background we needed to become the best doctors we can be.
This education you and your loved one provided us with reaches far beyond the medical science of knowing human anatomy. Understanding the complexity, intricacy, and variation of the physical body gives us the opportunity to better appreciate both the physical and mental complexity and uniqueness in each human being. For just as the body is a collection of elaborately connected parts working in conjunction with one another, the individual is an elaborate interaction between his or her physical, mental, and spiritual entities. The deeper our understanding of the body and soul, the better students and doctors we become as we recognize and appreciate the sophisticated and complicated environment we pledged to protect and improve.
Our education of human anatomy does not conclude with a ten-week anatomy course. Rather, this marks the beginning of a medical education spanning the entire length of our careers as each patient presents with unique physical, mental, and spiritual complexities. Without your loved one’s selfless gift, we are unable to recognize and appreciate this ever changing element of our profession. For your sacrifice, we hope to develop into the best doctors we can be so that, one day, we may knowledgeably, compassionately, and caringly serve our communities and you.