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URMC / Anatomical Gift Program

Anatomical Gift Program

From time to time, people talk about "donating their body to science" when they die. But, similar to organ donation or estate planning, they often may not know what that entails, how to go about it, or even how to express their wishes to their loved ones.

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"Reflections," UR School of Medicine and Dentistry Class of 2015

Letter of Appreciation

If you are considering such a gift, the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry can help walk you through the decision-making process and learn about the procedures, so that should you choose to gift your body to the Medical School, you will have a complete understanding of how to go about it and the potential benefit your gift will be toward science and education.

What an Anatomical Gift Means

Donating your whole body—making an anatomical gift—to the Medical School is a lasting and valuable contribution to medical education. These gifts to our Medical School are essential to instructing medical students in human anatomy and are invaluable for the training of future physicians and medical specialists. Without such gifts, medical education would suffer immeasurably. The University of Rochester is grateful for the generosity of those who donate their bodies to the Medical School and the advancement of medical education.

Learn more about the program in our informational brochure. For pre-registration, two forms are required and can be found on the donation page.