A dramatic expedition into an unknown world, The First Patient challenges audiences to embrace their curiosity and courage as they follow first year medical students through gross anatomy – the dissection of the human body. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine granted unprecedented access to veteran filmmaker Chip Duncan and The Duncan Entertainment Group team to explore a world long considered taboo. The documentary proves both entertaining and emotional as the camera follows a diverse group of students, faculty and body donors on this life-affirming journey inside the human body. The First Patient provides dynamic insights into medical science, teamwork, death, and spirituality as students discover what it means to be a doctor … and what it means to be a human being. Director Chip Duncan joins us to talk about the importance for these medical students to past the uneasiness of working on a cadaver and see it as a invaluable teaching tool and a gift from the recently departed.
“The First Patient may be too graphic for some viewers. But underneath the layers of formaldehyde-treated flesh, there’s real heart and deserved wonder at the human body.” – Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
“The First Patient presents a respectful, informative, and surprisingly emotional look at a taboo subject.” – Bradley Gibson, Film Threat