The first year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students, having just finished their Anatomy course, held a Service of Gratitude to honor the gift of cadavers they received to pursue their studies in anatomy. This non-denominational service was held at Emory’s Canon Chapel and was attended by the DPT program faculty and students along with families and friends of the students.
Students read poems, rendered vocal performances and presented a “Conversation of Spirits” as an offering of their gratitude. On behalf of the faculty, Dr. Zoher Kapasi, course director for anatomy and Interim Director of the DPT Program, spoke at the service. Reverend Saul Burleson, Program Development Specialist, led the service with opening remarks and following a lighting of candles, closed with closing reflections.
The Service of Gratitude is held every year at the end of the Anatomy course and is organized by the students. The service reinforces the values of caring and giving within our DPT students as they proceed in their training to become Doctors of Physical Therapy.