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Arizona medical students show gratitude for body donation through art

Medical school can be a pretty sterile place, where it’s easy to forget humanity. And that's especially the case when it involves that first-year cadaver.

But the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Phoenix takes a unique approach. There, students actually attend a celebration of appreciation for their cadaver. And before that, they get creative with the school’s Art in Medicine program.

Students can choose dance, music or visual art as a way to make an homage to the life of the body they’ve studied.

Gillian Reynoso chose art, and recently attended a workshop with local artist Monica Aissa Martinez.

Martinez’s work focuses on medicine and science, and she takes her own artistic approach to pulling bodies apart for inspection and introspection.

The Show spoke with Reynoso and Martinez to learn more about the experience — and what it’s like as a first-year medical student.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.