D. Andy Anderson, PhD., Principal Lecturer, Biology Department, USU (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David A. Morton, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Cortney Welch, BYU Anatomy TA
Richard Dorsky (email@example.com)
Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Because of the Body Donor Program, we are able to teach residents how to do these operations using the structures of the inner ear from the donors. We have a microsurgical simulation laboratory where each student has a miniature operating room suite with all the equipment necessary to practice the operations. Having the ability to practice the operations in the laboratory makes learning more effective and more predictable in the operating room.
I have been doing microscopic ear surgery for more than 30 years. I occasionally go to the laboratory to practice a new procedure or to brush up on some anatomy. The Body Donor Program has had a huge impact by enabling is to advance our surgical procedures, improve the care to our patients and make the education process more effective.
Clough Shelton, M.D. FACS
Hetzel Professor and Chief of Otolaryngology
University of Utah School of Medicine
K. Bo Foreman, PT, PhD
University of Utah
As an instructor in Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy labs for medical and dental students, I have seen firsthand the impact donors have had on students. Access to bodies allows students to learn not just in the theoretical way of lectures but in a much more tangible manner. To physically see and hold a body teaches like no book can. For instructors such as myself, the selfless gift of body donors allows me to teach anatomy as it exists in the human body. For students, this experience cements and builds on lectures, and is critical when teaching something as complex as the human body.
When teaching in the anatomy lab, I also observe. I see aspiring health professionals grasp the inner workings of our bodies. I see them understand how the disparate parts and systems of the body work together as a whole. And most gratifyingly, I see them grow from being simply students towards becoming the health professionals who will take care of all of us. This personal growth and understanding is difficult to come by in a book. But I see it happen in the anatomy lab with every class of students.
I see and feel the impact a body donor makes every time I am in lab, and I will be eternally grateful to all those who have given this gift.
David Hutcheson, PhD
Dentistry - Adjunct Instructor,
Neurobiology & Anatomy - Research Assistant Professor
As a student who is on the road to medical school, I feel so privileged to be able to study what I love most because of those who have donated their bodies to my university. Through learning about the body, anatomy has become a passion of mine, and something that I want to continue to study throughout my life. I believe that I have gained a greater appreciation for my body and how special and unique everyone is. I am so grateful for those who have donated their bodies for the purpose of learning. It has made me want to do the same, when that time comes in my life, so that I can give somebody the same love for the body as has been instilled in me. I thank the families of those who have been by their side. It means the world to me and my peers. Thank you.
U of U Biology
The procedure worked and his life was saved. A few years later my mother became pregnant with my fathers 12th child. That child was me and if it wasn't for the University of Utah I would of not been born. I am gifting my body not only as a sign of gratitude but with the hope anything learned from my body can help the next person yet to be born.