Gift of Body Memorial Service
The ceremony was held at the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road on Sat., April 9, 2022. The purpose of this brief, non-denominational, memorial service was to enable our students to pay their final respects and show their appreciation for the great service which their first patients have provided.
You may watch the recorded service on our USC SOMC YouTube channel at the link below.
Gift of Body Program
This program began in the 1970's as our fledgling medical school began the process of training health professionals to serve the people of South Carolina.
We are proud to say that the citizens of our state have been very generous contributors; with a current database of over 3,200 (future) donors, the Gift of Body Program has far exceeded our original expectations. The majority of cadavers obtained through the program go to the Gross Anatomy Lab to be used by first-year Medical Students at the School of Medicine for educational purposes.
Our donor bodies are treated with the utmost respect, and then cremated and interred at the Donor Memorial Garden. Enrollment in the basic program allows for return of the donor ashes (upon request) at the end of the 1-4 year “study period."
Why Should I Enroll
Your participation in this program helps enhance our medical students education by giving them the hands-on experience they need to enrich their skills and improve future patient outcomes. You can learn more about the program through our frequently asked questions.
How Do I Sign Up
We are currently accepting donor applications from within the state of South Carolina only. If you're interested in donating, you can download the information packet or contact us to have it sent to you. Please note that the forms must be completed and sent to us in order for a donor to be registered with the program. Do not wait until the last minute!
- Information for hospice personnel [pdf]
- Information for hospice and hospital/facility personnel [pdf]
- Information packet [pdf]
- Information for families (after the donor passes [pdf])
- For those donors wishing to file a donation intent and timeliness is an issue, please refer to our policy on walk-through [pdf] donations.