The Albany Medical College deeply appreciates your desire to bequeath your body for the purpose of medical education and/or research. In order for this matter to be handled in an orderly fashion, the following suggestions are offered:
Enclosed are three (3) copies of a Declaration of Consent (DOC) form, of which the terms are self-explanatory and a Statistical Information Sheet. Read these documents carefully and then complete the forms. Please return only ONE (1) copy of the DOC, along with the Statistical Information Sheet to:
Albany Medical College
Anatomical Gift Program MC-135
47 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208
The second copy should be kept by the person who will be contacting Albany Medical College at the time of the donor's death, perhaps a next-of-kin, physician, attorney, clergyman, etc. The third copy should be kept by the donor for his/her records. We strongly suggest that donors discuss their wishes with family and friends so that everyone is aware of the Anatomical Gift Program's policies and procedures.
In the event of your death, a member of your family or other appropriate individual should notify the Anatomical Gift Program at (518) 262-5379 for instructions. The College will need pertinent information about the donor, such as name, cause of death and age. We will also need the name, address and telephone number of the next-of-kin or person designated as power of attorney.
Upon notification of a donation, Albany Medical College will arrange for the removal and transportation of the body to the College**. Should death occur at a distance, which makes timely delivery to the Albany Medical College impractical or excessively expensive, or should you move from the Capital District, we would be happy to provide the name and address of the nearest medical school with an anatomical gift program. **Please note, however, that from approximately December 18th through January 3rd of each year, the Program must be closed due to the temporary unavailability of certain resources necessary to its acceptance of donors' gifts. The Program will therefore be unable to accept any donor's remains during those times, and his or her family will need to make other arrangements for their disposition.
After receipt of your completed Declaration of Consent, a donor card will be issued (processing takes approximately 2 weeks). If you have any questions, please feel free to write or call the Anatomical Gift Program at the address and/or telephone number listed above.
Again, thank you for your very generous spirit in this matter and please be assured that you are making a noteworthy contribution to the education of young physicians.
|Michael P Smith, PhD
Please select the document(s) to download:
(note: all the forms in an adobe acrobat PDF format)
- Declaration of Consent Packet (includes Cover Letter, Declaration of Consent Forms and Statistical Information sheet)
- Statement of Donation by Next of Kin (for donations after death has occurred)