Des Moines University honored 63 individuals from across the state Friday.
DMU says they donated their bodies to further medical education.
Student expressed their gratitude to the families gathered saying their loved ones were their first patients and silent teachers.
Current and former students say learning anatomy through dissection is an irreplaceable and privileged part of a practitioners’’ training.
“That simple selfless gift can transcend into this huge impact nationwide and worldwide,” Anne Deaton Clinic Manager at Rock Valley Physical Therapy said.
Since record keeping began in 1955, more than 2,700 people have donated to DMU.