November 8, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative,272-3679; cell 907-9525

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The UNM School of Medicine class of 2010 organized and conducted a Body Donor Memorial Service to recognize the generous individuals from Albuquerque and New Mexico communities who donated their bodies for medical education.

The student-organized event, held at UNM’s Newman Center last Saturday, November 4, offered a short, non-denominational service for more than 75 donor families and friends, as well as members of the community, UNM faculty, and medical, physical therapy and physician assistant students. The service was followed by an informal reception and slide show.

“The service was very meaningful, because the students organized this memorial,” remarks Paul McGuire, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. “Many of the 75 or so family members were genuinely moved and expressed afterward how much they appreciated the Memorial Service and having an opportunity to meet the students.”

UNM’s Body Donor Program is a vital aspect of community involvement in medical education. The memorial service offers a time to recognize individuals and their families who make a very important contribution to educating tomorrow's doctors. There is no training nor educational tool that can replace this valuable experience for students, which ultimately contributes to the health and well-being of New Mexicans and beyond.

For more information on UNM School of Medicine’s Body Donor Program, please call 505/272-5555.
Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322