Willed-Body Program

Doctors have relied on the study of the human anatomy since the practice of medicine first began. People who bequeath their remains to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine help our students and others learn to become future healers.

The Willed-Body Program allows Florida residents 18 and older to make a difference in a medical student’s education. Regulated by the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida, the program helps individuals donate their bodies for the training of physicians, dentists, physician assistants and other health workers.

Here is helpful information on the UCF College of Medicine’s Willed-Body Program. We thank you for your generous consideration.

payer-photo-1[1]On behalf of our medical students, I want to thank you for considering a generous gift to the UCF College of Medicine’s Willed-Body Program. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the importance of willed-bodies in training the minds, hearts and hands of young physicians.

I have taught anatomy for over 35 years, and when it comes to teaching the science and the art of the human body, there is simply no substitute for your gift. No computer program or two-dimensional drawing can substitute for the knowledge young medical students get from studying an actual human body’s anatomy in preparation for their first encounters with living patients.

Human cadavers are our students’ first patient and as such, they are treated with dignity, respect and appreciation. As you see here, each year our students honor their first patients at the end of Anatomy Lab with a send-off ceremony, a medical school tradition that thanks the individuals who willed their remains for their role as teachers – about health, disease, life and death.

I have talked with many individuals interested in willing their bodies to medical education. One that particularly stands out was a 23-year-old man who came to my office years ago. He was dying from terminal brain cancer. He wanted to donate his body to medicine in the hope that medical students would learn from him. He asked me to give my students this message when they first encountered him in the anatomy lab. “Tell them I was a good guy,” he said. “And tell them I hope they learn a lot from me.”

On behalf of students and faculty at the UCF College of Medicine and the many individuals who preceded you on this noble path, let me thank you again for your consideration.

Andrew Payer, Ph.D

Director of the UCF College of Medicine Willed-Body Program

University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona
6850 Lake Nona Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
(ph.) 407-266-1142
(fax) 407-266-1194

University of Florida College of Medicine
1600 SW Archer Rd, Room CG-96
PO Box 100235
Gainesville, FL 32610-0235
(ph.) 1-800-628-2594 or 352-392-3588
(fax) 352-392-3940

University of Miami School of Medicine
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
PO Box 016960 (R-124)
Miami, FL 33101-6960
(ph.) 305-243-6691
(fax) 305-545-7166

send-off ceremony candle lighting 2012

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