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Anatomy Bequest Program
University of Minnesota
3-005 Nils Hasselmo Hall
312 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0215

Office:612-625-1111
Fax: 612-625-1688
bequest@umn.edu

 
 

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota. We are a whole body donation program. Our purpose is to support medical research and education for health professionals by facilitating the donation process. We are deeply grateful for the generosity and wisdom of whole body donors and their families. Anatomical donation supports high quality education for future health professionals and continued advancements in medical care through research.

The contents of this page are as follows:

Requirements for donation
Donor Suitability
When a Death Occurs in Minnesota
When a Death Occurs Outside of Minnesota
Service of Gratitude
 


Requirements For Donation

The Anatomy Bequest Program accepts donations in the form of signed donation authorizations from individuals who are of sound mind and are 18 years of age or older. If you wish to complete a donation form for yourself, click here: Anatomy Bequest Program Donation Form

If the donor is medically unable to complete an authorization form or if the death has already occurred, the next of kin or authorizing person may be able to donate their loved one’s body by submitting a signed Next of Kin/Authorizing Person Donation Form.


Donor Suitability

Under the terms of the Minnesota Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, the Anatomy Bequest Program has the right to accept or decline a donation dependent upon the needs of the Anatomy Bequest Program and the medical and/or social history of the decedent at the time of death.

While the Anatomy Bequest Program reserves the right to decline whole body donation, the following circumstances are the most common reasons for decline:

• The individual has a disease such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C or a Prion disease
• The individual weighs over 300 pounds
• The individual has a family member who objects to the donation
• The condition or pathology of the remains precludes adequate and/or safe preparation, storage or study

If the Anatomy Bequest Program declines or refuses donation at the time of death, it becomes the responsibility of the next of kin/authorizing person to make final arrangements.


When a Death Occurs in Minnesota

When a death occurs within the state of Minnesota, the Anatomy Bequest Program will arrange for transportation of the body from the place of death to the University at the Anatomy Bequest Program's expense.

The donor's body may be embalmed and will be used for teaching in an anatomy course and/or other scientific studies. Studies and/or courses can last an average of 18 months but may last as few as two months or up to two years. Viewing of donors is not possible at the University of Minnesota at any time.


When a Death Occurs Outside of Minnesota

If a death occurs outside of Minnesota, donation to the Anatomy Bequest Program may be possible depending of the anatomical gift laws in the state of death and the needs of the Anatomy Bequest Program.

The donor’s estate and/or next of kin/ authorizing person is responsible for the out of state transportation and other funeral service expenses associated with whole body donation to University of Minnesota. These arrangements must be made with a funeral home. 


Service of Gratitude

 

Each year the faculty, staff and students of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center host a service of gratitude to recognize and honor the individuals who have gifted their remains to the University for the advancement of medical science. The service has traditionally been held in November of each year. Invitations are sent out to each primary contact person we have on record and generally delivered six weeks prior to the service. Donors are honored through music, poetry and dance pieces, selected and performed by the health science students. The service recognizes all donors who have made a gift of their remains and is not intended to honor one specific donor or be a vehicle for the return of the donor’s cremated remains. 

For information about the upcoming Service of Gratitude as well as an archive of previous year's services, click here: Service of Gratitude

Contact Us

Anatomy Bequest Program
University of Minnesota
3-005 Nils Hasselmo Hall
312 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0215

Office:612-625-1111
Fax: 612-625-1688
E-Mail:bequest@umn.edu
http://www.bequest.umn.edu 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


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