Why should I enroll?
Your participation in this program will serve to enrich and
further enhance the medical education of our future physicians,
by enabling us to go beyond current limitations and utilizing
donor gifts to their fullest educational levels.
Traditional teaching of Anatomy at USC School of Medicine directs
the first year medical student through a dissection process over
the course of a semester. It is through this “hands on”
process that they form that all important, initial medical education
that will be the basis for all future study. A small group of
students is assigned to each cadaver per semester. These embalmed
cadavers are individuals who have donated their bodies to the
Gift of Body program. At the end of the semester, each cadaver
is cremated and the ashes either interred in the Donor Memorial
Garden on the grounds of the School of Medicine, or returned to
the family for final disposition.
Due to the nature of the course and lab work, each cadaver can
only be utilized for teaching for a single semester. If a cadaver
should present an interesting medical condition or have a rare
operating technique, it can be used as an additional teaching
resource for the students, but again this opportunity can only
be utilized for that semester. A cadaver that has been processed
through the Polymer Preservation Program could be used as a teaching
tool for medical students for decades. As the cost of educating
medical students continues to rise each year, these permanent
specimens can enhance a teaching program many times over.
We are excited about the resource potential this new program
will provide to our future physicians through the creation of
educational specimens. We hope that you will share our excitement
and choose to join us in this new endeavor by selecting to enhance
your anatomical donation through participation in the Polymer
Preservation (Permanent Donation) Program.
How do I signup?