Anatomy Bequest Program

The Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota is a whole body donation program. Our purpose is to support medical research and education for health professionals by facilitating the donation process.


The Anatomy Bequest Program has a duty to protect the health and safety of staff, researchers, faculty, and learners by screening potential donors for several serious communicable diseases including COVID-19.
Effective May 19, 2021, the Anatomy Bequest Program will be accepting donors who have:
  • A minimum of 90 days between their recovery from COVID-19 and their death.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test confirming their recovery.
  • Received a full dose or doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and received subsequent vaccine boosters if and when vaccine boosters become available.
The Anatomy Bequest Program is accepting donations on a limited basis to adjust to the needs of our stakeholder community. It is likely that the need for body donors within the University of Minnesota system, and within external research and academic institutions, will be evolving over the course of the pandemic. The Anatomy Bequest Program’s ability to return to normal donation capacity is based on these needs and several other factors, including the timeline and eventual end of this outbreak. For current restrictions, please contact us by telephone at 612-625-1111 or email at
The decisions behind these changes were difficult to make. The Anatomy Bequest Program team appreciates that our donors often plan to donate to science and education years in advance of their deaths. In order to assist our community, a member of our team will be available to advise those impacted by these changes on how to make alternative funeral arrangements.
We thank you for your support and patience during this time and hope that all of you will remain healthy and safe.

Updated: 05/27/2021

Whole Body Donation Makes a Difference

You can contribute to medical research and education by gifting your remains through the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Anatomy Bequest Program. Whole body donation supports high quality education for future health professionals and continued advancements in medical care through research.

Thinking about donating your body to medical science? Here’s some information to get started exploring this possibility.

Service of Gratitude

We are deeply grateful for the generosity and wisdom of whole body donors and their families. Each year, faculty, staff, and students 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. 

While we wish to remember and celebrate your loved one in person, COVID-19 risks and current guidelines have limited our ability to host our traditional Service of Gratitude for 2021. However, we have a pre-recorded service that will be posted at 8:00 a.m. (central) on November 22, 2021. Please use the following link to access the recording: