The University of Minnesota Medical School Anatomy Bequest Program ensures availability of anatomical donations for undergraduate and graduate medical education, outreach, and research at the University of Minnesota, other similar teaching institutions, and medical and biomedical device research facilities throughout the state.  The Anatomy Bequest Program strives to create a network of donors, researchers, educators, students and healthcare providers to meet the challenges of existing health care needs within our community and promote the advancement of medicine for future generations.


Striving to affect the lives of patients by supporting medical education and research through the gift of body donation.


Accountability - Taking responsibility for actions, answering to our community and stakeholders, being mindful of potential negative outcomes.
Advancement - Working to identify and meet the needs of donors and end users, fostering learning and education whenever possible.
Ethical approach - Protecting donor autonomy and preserving dignity. Practicing compassion, respect, empathy, and caring in all interactions.
Excellence - Setting quality-centric, efficiency-oriented goals.
Service - Coordinating with researchers, educators and donor families to make a difference.  Striving to anticipate change and meet expectations.
Stewardship/Advocacy - Diplomatically serving the donation community, participating in public dialogue about anatomical donation issues, working together within and across organizational boundaries in pursuit of our common mission. 
Trust - Operating using transparent and honest methods.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.
Learn more about our commitment to research ethics