Program Overview

Body Donation Program Overview

The University of Calgary Body Donation Program aims to provide those in all fields and levels of healthcare the opportunity to study normal, non-pathological human anatomy in the highest quality setting possible. 

For many, the donors in our program are the first patients for those entering the field of healthcare. By ensuring they receive the most realistic training at every stage of education, it is our goal to help educate the highest caliber of professionals.

How We Teach

Donors in the Body Donation Program are primarily utilized in the University of Calgary's Surgical Skills Lab; a state of the art facility which  is equipped with 20 simulated operating room stations in order to give our users the most realistic experience possible.

Learn more about the Advanced Technical Skills and Simulation Lab

What We Teach

We support the 18 residency programs the Cumming School of Medicine offers through running labs encompassing a variety of medical skills and procedures such as laparoscopy, arthroscopy, and microsurgery. UME Students and other academic institutions utilize the ATSSL to teach courses in anatomy.

The Program at a Glance

Studies last one to six years. The length and type of study is dependent on the current needs of our program and the suitability of the donors.

Upon completion, the expenses of the cremation and interment in the University of Calgary plot will be covered by the university.

Who We Are

Our Users

After acceptance into the program, donors will be utilized in a series of studies. Our primary objective is to provide specimens to the undergraduate medical program as a means of teaching normal human anatomy. Secondary objectives include usage in orthopaedic medical research.

Who We Teach

  1. Contact Us

    Phone: 403-220-6895

    E-Mail: anatomy@ucalgary.ca

    Fax: 403-220-8506

    Address:

    Body Donation Program
    Health Sciences Centre B723
    Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Cumming School of Medicine
    University of Calgary
    3330 Hospital Drive N.W.
    Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1

  2. Notification at the Time of Death

    To notify the University of a death it is imperative that the Program is notified as soon as possible. This may be done by contacting 403-220-6950 and selecting option # 1 when prompted.

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