|What is the main difference between the Polymer Preservation
Program (PP) and the Gift of Body Program (GOB)?
|Those who have donated to the GOB Program have the option of
having their cremated remains (cremains) returned to the family
at the end of the study period, which lasts anywhere from one
to three years. Those who have selected the option for PP, would
not have the option for return of cremains to the family as this
is a permanent donation.
|Can someone be a donor to the Polymer Preservation Program
but not the Gift of Body Program?
|Generally all donors would be processed through the Gift of
Body donation program, and the policies that affect the GOB would
also be in place for the PP program. However, in a few instances,
it may be possible for someone to not be eligible for the GOB
but acceptable as a donor to the PP. This would be determined
on a case by case basis. Generally this comes into play for donors
who may have open wounds (surgery or bedsores) or trauma to the
body. The donation would not be suitable as a teaching cadaver,
but might be suitable for specimen education.
|What will my body be used for?
|The specific purpose for the Polymer Preservation Program at
the University of South Carolina School of Medicine is for the
creation of high quality, finely detailed specimens for the teaching
of Human Anatomy.
|How long will the University hold my body for study
after I die?
|With the Gift of Body program, the "study period"
is from 1 to 4 years. However, with the Polymer Preservation Program,
the donation is a “permanent gift” to the School of
Medicine and as such, would not be returned. Should for some reason,
the specimen become unsuitable for use in teaching, it would be
cremated and interred at the Donor Memorial Garden.
|What if I don’t want to enroll in the Permanent
Donation Program, or my family wants the ashes returned to them?
|Enrollment in the PP program is not required. It is merely an
option and an opportunity to enhance the value of your anatomical
donation to our future physicians.
|What if I think of another question?
|Any additional questions or concerns can be addressed to the
program administrator who will be happy to answer your concerns.
Why should I enroll?
How do I signup?