Body Donation Program

Whole body donation trains healthcare professionals for tomorrow, introduces anatomy from a whole person perspective, and offers unique opportunities

P站视频 Our Program

There is a profound joy that comes from understanding the whole person. Good healthcare demands intellectual creativity, nourished by a hands-on respect for the whole body, mind, and soul. This is the essence of P站视频's Body Donation Program, transforming students into life-long healthcare professionals. We established the Body Donation Program because we consider the detailed study of human structure (anatomy) to be foundational for the education of healthcare professionals. This integral knowledge can best be learned and appreciated through the study of the whole human body.

Whole body donation trains healthcare professionals for tomorrow, introduces anatomy from a whole person perspective, and offers opportunities to participate in medical and surgical techniques and procedures. In addition, it provides financial benefits to families. We recognize the thoughtful consideration that goes into the decision to donate to our program and wish to acknowledge and express our gratitude to those individuals who generously choose to invest in the future of healthcare by making this donation.

Additional information about body donation can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tab below or by contacting the Body Donation Program - view Contact Information below.

Body Donation Program

Newsletters

Newsletters are mailed to those pre-registered in our program to keep our Body Donation community informed about our outreach programs and activities.

Whole body donation is integral to the training of tomorrow鈥檚 healthcare professionals. At P站视频, the Body Donation Program was established to provide students with a foundational knowledge of human anatomy. Through these generous donations, students strengthen their skills in medical and surgical techniques and study human structure from a whole-person perspective.

To thank our donors, P站视频鈥檚 Glendale Campus held a Celebration of Life ceremony and opened its Ossuary on November 5 in the garden across from the main entrance to campus.

Are there age restrictions for donation?

Arizona Anatomical Gift Act (Title 36, Chapter 7, Articles 1-3) permits a person who is at least 18 years of age to donate his/her body to a medical school for educational purposes. There are no upper age limits.

Do I have to pre-apply?

While this is preferred, the donation of another's body to a medical school by the durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent is allowed by Arizona Law.

Can a donation be refused?

Completion of the donor forms is considered to be an application to the donor program. It is not a guarantee that the donation will be accepted into the program. See Exclusion Criteria. If the donation is refused, the durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent will be responsible for making other arrangements for final disposition, including transportation and all associated expenses.

How will my body be used?

At P站视频, most body donations are used within healthcare curricula for anatomical study, but some are used for research to advance medical and surgical techniques and procedures.

How much time is required to complete the studies?

This will vary according to how the body is used, but generally there is a time lapse of about two years between the acceptance of the donation into the program and the completion of study.

What happens to the body when the study is completed?

The body will be cremated. If requested, the program will return the cremains to the person designated to receive them. If no such request is made, the program will inter the cremains with dignity and respect at the P站视频 Ossuary Garden. In such cases, cremains will not be retrieved under any circumstances. A request to me interred at the P站视频 Ossuary Garden may also be specified on the donation application.

Will my family or other responsible person(s) be sent a report of observations of the study?

No. If at the time of death, a family member or durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent has concerns that might warrant a thorough forensic examination, they should contact the medical examiner or coroner to make arrangements. If an autopsy is performed, the body cannot be donated. See Exclusion Criteria.

What happens to the body when it's cremated?

Prior to cremation, pacemakers or battery-operated implants must be removed from the body. The body is then cremated. After cremation is completed, dense tissue, such as bones and any metal implants, remain. Pacemakers along with the metal implants are disposed of in a respectful manner. The dense tissues are processed into fine granules. These fine granules are collectively called cremains. The cremains are placed in a container for final disposition.

Can I change my mind about donating?

Yes, a donor or durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent may revoke an anatomical donation at any time prior to death by completing a Revocation Form, which is available by request from the program.

What if my family disagrees with my wishes to donate after I die?

It is very important to discuss your decision to donate with family members and durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent to make your wishes clear. In the event of a family member or durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent's objection at the time of death, the Body Donation Program will decline the donation.

What happens when I die?

At the time of death, the durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent should contact the Body Donation Program as soon as possible at 623-806-7990. The Body Donation Program or its representative will accept or decline the donation based on the Exclusion Criteria. If accepted, the body will be transported to the Body Donation Program at no cost to the donor's estate as long as death occurs within a 30-mile radius of Maricopa County.

Is it possible to have a funeral/memorial service before the body is brought to the donor program?

No, at the time of donation the body is transported to the program. A funeral/memorial service may be held, but the body will not be present.

What is the cost of donation to my family/estate?

If death occurs within a 30-mile radius of Maricopa County and the body is accepted into the program, the program will assume all costs, including cremation and mailing of cremains (if so designated). If death occurs outside of the 30-mile radius and the body is accepted into the program, the family/estate will be responsible for the additional mileage cost of $3.00 per mile.

How does my durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent obtain a death certificate?

All information needed for a death certificate will be filed with Arizona Bureau of Vital Statistics. The durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent must apply for copies of the death certificate and assume associated costs.

Mailing Address

P站视频 Body Donation Program 
20195 N. 57th Avenue 
Glendale, AZ 85308 
 

General Inquiries

Phone: 623-806-7990, option 1
Fax: 623-806-7997
Email: azbodydonation@midwestern.edu

At the time of death, durable power of attorney/next of kin/donor agent should notify the Body Donation Program as soon as possible by telephone at 623-806-7990, option 2.

The time factor is important. If there is no answer, please leave a message. The representative on call will contact you promptly.

Contact Information