The Anatomical Education Program was created in 1903 by the Indiana General Assembly to ensure the quality of education for medical, dental, and allied health students across the State of Indiana. This program is administered by Indiana University School of Medicine and is authorized to provide for the acquisition and distribution of donated human remains as well as the formulation of standards for the use of donated human remains.
Individuals and families interested in enrolling as a whole body donor can download and print the Certificate of Bequeathal and a biographical and family information form or request a packet to be mailed. The biographical and family information form must be completed and returned along with a signed and witnessed Certificate of Bequeathal. Additional information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions on this page.
At the time of an enrolled donor’s passing, a healthcare professional should simply call the Anatomical Education Program at 317-274-7450 to report the death and go through a brief telephone screening. Upon acceptance of the donor, the Anatomical Education Program provides transportation and embalming, notifies Social Security, and assists in filing paperwork (such as death certificates and other necessary forms). Following use of the body for teaching, the remains are cremated and either inurned in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis or, upon request, returned to the family.