Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Human Anatomy Laboratory and Anatomical Gift Program

By donating to the Anatomical Gift Program at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, you’ll directly support the education of our future physicians and health care professionals while also contributing to impactful medical research.

Give the Ultimate Gift

The anatomy lab is a hub of learning and research for the Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences and Nursing.

An Impact for Generations

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine’s primary purpose is training exceptional future doctors and health professionals. By choosing to donate your body upon death to Netter’s Anatomical Gift Program, you’ll have a lasting impact on the education of men and women entering the field of medicine in a way that no textbook or new technology ever could. From surgical procedure training to instruction in anatomy, pathology anesthesiology and diagnostic imaging, your donation is integral to teaching skills in a range of medical specialties. It may also provide resources for biomedical research that improves the health and lives of people for generations to come.

The dissection of a human body is an essential part of every medical student’s journey because it provides first-hand knowledge of the anatomical structures of the human body. Whole-body donations by generous individuals make this possible, and the need is great.

Every anatomical gift we receive is treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Each year, our medical and health profession students, professors and staff honor our “silent teachers” and their families in a Ceremony of Gratitude memorial service. As you consider the option of donating your body, know that your legacy will provide the foundational knowledge required of tomorrow’s most skilled clinicians and scientists.

Commemorating the ultimate gift to medical research

Students of the School of Medicine give presentations during the annual ceremony of gratitude.

The ninth annual Ceremony of Gratitude gave medical, nursing and health science students the opportunity to thank friends and families of those who gave the ultimate gift, anatomical donors.

A candlelight procession opened the ceremony, a tribute to the generosity of donors and their kin. Jesse Gomes, director of operations for the Human Anatomy Laboratory and Director of the Anatomical Gift Program, began the programming, co-sponsored by the School of Nursing, School of Health Sciences and the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

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Certain health conditions may cause a body to be unsuitable for anatomical donation. Some of these conditions may not be obvious until the time of death. These include: infectious and contagious diseases, autopsy, obesity, edema (swelling), emaciation, dehydration, jaundice and liver or kidney failure. The Anatomical Gift Program accepts whole-body donations and is not affiliated with any organ or tissue donation agencies. We do not procure individual tissues or investigate pathologies. A body that has made an organ donation (other than eyes) cannot be accepted. A final acceptance of a donor will be only made at the time of death.

The estate of a donor is not charged for expenses pertaining to the final disposition
of the body. The School of Medicine will assume certain expenses, such as removal and transportation of the human remains, and cremation permits.

Obituaries and certified copies of the death certificate are the responsibility of the
donor's estate.

Donors are encouraged to notify family members of their bequests, and specifically that they have contacted the Anatomical Gift Program, to ensure their wishes are carried out.

At the time of death, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Anatomical Gift Program should be notified immediately at 203-582-6587. A licensed funeral director will assist in the removal and transportation of the body. Our office will generate and complete the death certificate.

If a donor registered in our program dies at a location outside Connecticut, a medical school in that state may accept the body. If a body is not accepted, members of the family or the donor's estate should contact a funeral home for further assistance.

The academic programs use the body for approximately 12-24 months, after which the School of Medicine supervises the individual cremation of the body by a licensed crematorium. The cremated remains are then returned to the donor's family.

Anatomical Donations

If you are interested in making a donation to the Human Anatomy Lab, please contact us to learn more:

Email: humananatomy@qu.edu

Call: 203-582-7959

Please find below the program authorization form for your review.

Download the authorization form (PDF)

Download an informational brochure (PDF)

Monetary Donations

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the Human Anatomy Lab:

  1. Visit our donation page, and select Online

  2. Enter the amount you would like to donate

  3. In the "Select a Designation" section, select Other and enter Human Anatomy Lab Fund 11-1732 in the box.

If you choose to make a gift in another way (such as by mail), simply note the fund name with your gift.

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