University of South Alabama Anatomical Gifts Program
"Your body is where you reside while you're alive...like a mollusk living in a seashell. The essence of the person isn't their body. The essence of people is what's inside of them."
- Dr. Glenn Wilson
Director of Anatomical Gifts Program
Through the University of South Alabama Anatomical Gifts Program, your donation not only educates medical students in their first year of medical school, but assists physicians in their research to advance medical treatment and technology. All members of the community benefit from your selfless gift.
The University of South Alabama Anatomical Gifts Program plays an integral role in the education of medical students, residents and physicians. Donations made to the program will further medical students' education by introducing them to human anatomy during their first semester of medical school. Residents and practicing physicians use the donations for medical research hopefully to find new cures and procedures. While the program is not for everyone, upon reading this material we hope you will have the knowledge to make a decision to be part of the Anatomical Gifts Program.
Education and Research
Bodies are used to train medical students in anatomy and practicing physicians in new medical procedures, as well as for physician research projects. Medical students, graduate students, physician assistants and physical therapists use the bodies to learn human anatomy in greater detail than learning from a textbook alone. Residents in orthopaedic surgery and gynecology also receive more specific training when they study bodies.
Respect for Donors
Bodies donated to the program are treated with utmost care and respect. They are introduced to the class as their first patients. The students behave professionally, and are grateful to the donors for furthering their medical careers.
After the studies are complete, the body will be cremated and the ashes interred by the University in Pine Crest Cemetery West. The ashes may also be returned to the donor's family at their request. The Anatomical Gifts Program holds a memorial service every two years to honor the lives of donors. It also gives students and faculty the opportunity to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the families of the donors.
If you are interested in becoming a donor or would like more information on the program, please contact:
University of South Alabama
College of Medicine Anatomical Gifts Program
5851 USA Drive North, MSB 1201, Mobile, AL 36688
Phone: (251) 460-6490