|The University of Hawaii Willed Body Program
The Importance of Body Donation
Anatomy is the study of the structure and function of the human body. It is one of the most important
courses in the education of physicians, therapists and all other health care professions. The study of
anatomy comes early in the medical curriculum and serves as the foundation for other courses. Further,
physicians in residency training and those in practice often pursue special courses in anatomy to enhance
their skills and learn new techniques. Body donation plays a critical role in helping medical and
health-related science students to master the complex anatomy of the human body and provides researchers
with an essential tool for discoveries to help patients.
The Willed Body Program (WBP)
The Body Donation Program at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, is committed to
excellence in research and education. While the primary focus of the WBP is to obtain the human cadaver
for educational and scientific study, we strive to administer our program in a way consistent with the
spirit of the good physician. In our contact with donors registering with the WBP or with the families of
the donor we provide service that is compassionate as well as competent.
Anatomical donations are greatly appreciated. Each contributes directly to new understandings. The need is
great, and each gift is valued and honored. Students and staff treat each donor with the utmost respect
and dignity. Each year, to show their appreciation to the donors and their families, medical students and
staff participate in a Memorial Service to honor these "silent teachers".
University of Hawaii
Dept. of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology Willed Body Program
651 Ilalo Street, BSB 110
Honolulu, HI 96813