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Nevada Medicine Weekly | June 6, 2017

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Medical Students Honor Their First Patients – Anatomical Donors

Margie Cooley, 77, has been an avid University of Nevada, Reno supporter since she moved to the area in the 1950s. But it wasn’t until 2008 that she decided to donate her remains to the School of Medicine.

“I’ve always felt that it’s needless to put bodies in the ground,” says Cooley. “As the world’s population increases, we’re going to eventually run out of space. Plus, the cost of funerals is just crazy. Not everyone can afford that.”

I’m in really good health, so I don’t plan to go anywhere anytime soon,” Cooley continues. “But whatever is going to happen is going to happen. If my body can teach students or ultimately even save someone, of course that’s what I want – to help in some way, to do some good. It’s just a waste to ask one of my kids to ‘keep Mom on the mantle.’”

The School of Medicine’s anatomical donation program has been in operation since 1987. Donors from northern Nevada offer medical students and faculty the opportunity for further research of the human body.

“People choose to become anatomical donors for a variety of reasons,” says Joyce King, anatomical donation program administrator. “The most frequent reason I hear is how important it is to them that their remains benefit medical education and research. They express pleasure in knowing their donation may help a future doctor or researcher find a cure for diseases. The other message I receive often is donors like that their advanced planning eliminates confusion at end of life and that their donation will make a lasting difference.”

First year medical students will host a memorial service Friday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at Walton’s Funeral Home. This annual tradition honors the donors whose bodies provided an invaluable medical education experience during the previous school year. Family and friends of the donors are invited to attend the service and share memories of their loved ones.

“I feel incredibly grateful to be involved in the planning of this memorial service,” says Lazaro Peraza, president of the Class of 2020. “It is so important to take time to reflect and honor the individuals who contributed to our education, and moreover, help our community learn and develop. Every single one of these people had a life and a story. As students in the anatomy lab, we are able to understand these stories, at least from a medical perspective, and we learn from what they tell us. I hope future classes continue to cherish this tradition, which reinforces the humaneness that should always be present throughout our work.”

To learn more about the anatomical donation program or upcoming memorial service, please contact Joyce King, anatomical donation program administrator, (775) 784-4569 or

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Provide Your Input: Record Review Policy

An opportunity to help shape UNR Med policy is now available online. We encourage you to review the proposed Record Review Policy and provide your input. The forum will close Friday, June 16. And thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Attire and Grooming Policy.

Synapse – Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You

The Spring 2017 issue of Synapse, featuring a cover story on the evolution of UNR Med education in Reno and Las Vegas, will hit mailboxes and the School of Medicine website next week.

Faculty Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program. The program offers the opportunity to receive loan repayment while serving as faculty at accredited schools, including UNR Med. Participants receive up to $40,000 for two years of service to repay outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. Applications are due Friday, June 29.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Independence Day

July 4, 2017

Events for June 6 – 13, 2017

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

June 10, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

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