The Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced 3-D interactive dissection table in the medical world today. Gettysburg College is gaining two of them for use in health sciences—or perhaps areas like archaeology or art—when an understanding of anatomy is critical. This innovative technology allows students to virtually explore full-sized human and animal bodies in a way once accessible only through traditional cadaver dissection. With a simple swipe of a finger, students can rotate the simulated patient 360 degrees and dissect in any direction—and at any depth—to reveal anatomical features in exacting detail. The Anatomage Table serves as a valuable teaching and assessment tool at top medical institutions around the globe, including Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the Mayo Clinic.
The tables are gifts from Raymond C. ’63 and Elizabeth L. Truex P’94 and Gail Seygal ’67. Raymond Truex is a retired spine and brain neurosurgeon and a medical director at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Gail Seygal is a retired occupational therapy coordinator.
Truex remembers how Gettysburg prepared him for his medical career. “I had a wonderful experience as a student at Gettysburg. The course I enjoyed the most was taught by Prof. Robert Barnes in embryology. He was such an inspiration to me, and the Anatomage Table does exactly what his course did for me in terms of understanding the human body. It’s fantastic.”
“I was blown away by the technology,” said Seygal. “For our students to engage with these tables so early in their careers is tremendous. They typically wouldn’t get this kind of exposure until graduate school, so I hope it awakens the interest of our students across disciplines.”
Some of Truex’s recent giving has been made through qualified charitable distributions from his IRA. When he learned that he could avoid taking his Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and contribute it directly to Gettysburg College, he gave a high five to the bearer of good news.
“I had already decided to increase my annual gifts to the Gettysburg Fund and the Orange & Blue Club, but thought I would be limited by the extra tax liability of my RMD,” Truex said. “When I learned that I could skip the RMD altogether by turning it into a charitable gift, that was a definite win-win.”
Despite years as a volunteer and a donor, including his establishment of the Truex Family Scholarship, Truex insists that he gets more from his ongoing relationship with the College than he gives. “My experiences as a student were life-changing. I owe much of my success to my faculty and fellow students, and am honored to give back. I’m delighted that IRA charitable rollover provision makes it even easier for me to continue my support of the College and the Gettysburg Great campaign.”
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