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From Gross Anatomy to Compassionate Care – A 2011 Spirit & Place Discussion


012508jtlDONORS6 Times Photo John Luke Gary Indiana University Northwest Medical School students and faculty gather for S Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance of Our Donors, memorial and gratitude service for 6 people and their families who donated their bodies to the school for study. The service was officiated by Rev. James Wetzstein. First year student, […]

The use of cadavers for anatomy classes for first-year medical students has often been a taboo subject. Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest gross anatomy Professor Ernest Talarico, Ph.D., has introduced a whole new approach to the class, which has brought the students closer to the families of those who have donated their bodies to medical education.

The change is transforming the way future doctors are taught respect for human life.

Dr. Talarico, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology and associate director of education at IUSM-Northwest (Gary), will discuss their program, which has garnered national media attention for changing the way future doctors think about their patients.

He will be joined in a panel discussion focusing on this evolution in medical education by Kathryn J. Jones, Ph.D., professor and chair of the IU Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Meg Gaffney, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and a member of the IU Center for Bioethics; Lucas Buchler, a third-year IU medical student; and a member of a donor’s family. Barbara West, the host of Sound Medicine, will moderate.

 “From Gross Anatomy to Compassionate Care” is presented by IU Center for Bioethics; IU School of Medicine at  IUPUI; IU School of Medicine-NorthwestSound Medicine; and WFYI.

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