What makes a good doctor good? It starts in the anatomy lab where medical students begin working with their first patients who donated their bodies to science.
WTOL’s Chrys Peterson highlighted the UT Anatomical Donation Program in a detailed special report Thursday that covered the story from the angles of a donor family and from the students who learn from these generous donations.
But it’s ultimately the patients who benefit from the well-trained doctors.
First-year medical students each study in the gross anatomy lab with a cadaver. When those students go on to become doctors, they will see at least 420,000 patients in their career. When you multiply that by the four medical students who learn from one donor, that cadaver will form the basis of training that will impact 1.6 million patients.
That’s quite an impact from one generous donation.