One of the first rites of passage undertaken by medical students is the study of gross anatomy—a milestone to becoming a physician made possible by the donors who selflessly bequeathed their bodies to New York Medical College for the study of anatomy. This year’s 28th Annual Convocation of Thanks, held on May 13, was an opportunity for medical students in the Class of 2019 to humbly express their infinite and heartfelt gratitude for those donors whom they affectionately and respectfully refer to as their “first patients.” It was standing room only in Nevins Auditorium filled with families and friends of the donors. View the Convocation of Thanks photo gallery here.
Matthew Pravetz, O.F.M., Ph.D. ’88, associate professor of cell biology and anatomy and course director in gross anatomy, opened the memorial service with a few brief welcoming words and then let the students speak for themselves in the form of music, song, poetry, personal reflections and artwork. Jake Perlman, School of Medicine Class of 2019, performed an original composition to express his gratitude and thoughts.
The service concluded with an ensemble performance of “Amazing Grace” sung by the students and audience together and the planting of the Class of 2019 tree outside of the Medical Education Center.