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Polymer Preservation


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?