Dear Potential Donor,
Thank you for your interest in the Anatomical Donation Program at Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE). ACHE has a need for anatomical donations to provide our students with the best possible education, however, we do not solicit anatomical donations. Please know that we recognize your selfless decision to gift your body to healthcare education and research likely improves the quality of life for countless patients in the future.
The ACHE Anatomical Donation Program is a “Whole Body” program that follows both state and federal legislation (i.e., Revised Arkansas Anatomical Gift Act and Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act [A.C.A. 20-17-1201 et. seq]). Anyone who is of sound mind, and at least eighteen years of age, or an emancipated minor, or is at least 16 years of age and authorized by state law to apply for a driver’s license, or the parent of an unemancipated minor, or the donor’s guardian, and desires to give his or her body to the ACHE Anatomical Donation Program. Even after death, certain individuals may make an anatomical gift on behalf of the decedent (A.C.A. 20-17-1209).
There are situations in which an anatomical donor may not be suitable for our program. If the donor is accepted by the ACHE Anatomical Donation at the time of death, ACHE will pay all expenses from transportation (within 100 miles of Fort Smith) to cremation. However, if a donor is determined to be unusable for anatomical donation, survivors will need to make other arrangements for the body’s final disposition, including associated costs.
A donor may cancel his/her anatomical gift at any time prior to death by notifying us in writing, so that we may change our records. After death, revocation of the anatomical gift may also be made under A.C.A. 20-17-1209 and 1210. However, the revocation must occur before the initial transportation of the donor.
Again, your anatomical donation is an invaluable gift and as such, dignity and respect will ALWAYS be our highest priority! Each year, ACHE students, faculty, and administration will hold a nondenominational memorial service to honor our donors’ noble anatomical gift. Donors’ family members are welcome to attend our donor ceremony.
Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions that you may have.
David L. McWhorter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Anatomy