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Registration for JABSOM’s Willed Body Program resumes

Date: April 16th, 2021 in JABSOM News    Print or PDF

Tina E. Yap of Celtic Pipe & Drums Hawaii, played her bagpipes at Magic Island for a recording for this year’s virtual Willed Body Ceremony. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.

Registration for JABSOM’s Willed Body Program resumes

By Paula Bender, JABSOM News

The Willed Body Program of the John A. Burns School of Medicine resumed the acceptance of body donations at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021. On this date, the acceptance of Anatomical Gift Donation forms were made available online for those who wish to sign up to be a body donor after their death.

Those who enrolled prior to the pause do not have to enroll again. 

While the primary focus of the Willed Body Program is to obtain the human cadaver for educational and scientific study, JABSOM’s Anatomy Department strives to administer the program in a way consistent with the spirit of the good physician. In our contact with donors registering with the Willed Body Program or with the families of the donors, 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.

At the end of their first year, medical students and staff host a memorial service to honor their “silent teachers” and to show their appreciation to the donors and their families,  Due to COVID-19, both this year’s and last year’s ceremony were completely virtual, but just as heartfelt as the ceremonies of previous years.

Finally, it is with regret that the program cannot accept a body donation if it is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19 at the time of death. JABSOM does not want to put any of its students, faculty, and staff at risk of contracting the disease from a donor. Also, the Willed Body Program has the right to decline a donation at any point in the process. 

More information can be found on our website: https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/donors/willedbody/

If you have any questions, please contact us at  808-692-1445 or email wbdonor@hawaii.edu


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