From Gross Anatomy to Compassionate Care

Bookmark and Share

When and Where:
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

1630 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Special Venue Instructions: Parking off of Big Bird Street, on west side of WFYI
Picture Credit:
Marshall Anderson, Ph.D., professor of biochemistr

Lucas Buchler, Margaret M. Gaffney, Kathryn Jones, Barbara Lewis, Ernest Talarico

OPTIONAL: Bring new children's athletic shoes (sizes 10-4) and help Spirit & Place support Samaritan's Feet.

Event Description:

RSVP to 317-274-7722 or

The use of cadavers for anatomy classes has often been a taboo subject. Learn how medical schools can honor donors and their families, while transforming the way future doctors are taught respect for human life.

More than 250 people donate their bodies each year to the IU School of Medicine (IUSM) to be used by students to learn human anatomy. At the IUSM-Northwest campus, the faculty has made a radical change in their approach to medical education. Previously, cadavers were anonymous to the students who operated on them, but now students have the opportunity to learn about their first patients through family members.

This event will host a panel discussion focusing on this evolution in medical education. Moderated by Barbara Lewis, host of "Sound Medicine," the panel will include Kathryn J. Jones, professor and chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology, IUSM; Meg Gaffney, IUSM and IU Center for Bioethics; Ernest Talarico, IUSM-Northwest; Lucas Buchler, IUSM third-year student; and a donor family member.

Presented by IU Center for Bioethics, IUPUI; IU School of Medicine, IUPUI; IU School of Medicine-NorthwestSound Medicine, IUPUI; and WFYI. Questions? Call 317-274-7722 or email

Photo credit: Marshall Anderson, Ph.D.