The Genesis Program
The GENESIS program plays a vital role in the educational and research activities conducted at the MERI. The program is a willed body donor program for those persons wishing to donate their bodies for the advancement of science.
We understand that death may be an uncomfortable subject for many, and the idea of donating one’s body to science may seem an unconventional choice to consider. However, at the MERI, we believe that the giving of one’s self in order to help others is the greatest gift that one can leave. Even after death, one person can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of millions, giving others a better chance at life by participating in groundbreaking medical training and research.
Physicians from around the world come to the MERI to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the latest medical techniques and technologies, taking this new found knowledge back to their patients at home. The MERI’s GENESIS donors make this critical education and training possible through the selfless and generous gift of themselves.
At the MERI, our GENESIS donors are very precious to us, and are accorded the utmost respect and dignity during their stay with us. For each medical training procedure performed, the MERI replicates a hospital operating room environment, treating each donor as a living patient. A donor’s participation in educational activities at the MERI is generally one year or less.
Persons may become a GENESIS donor by pre-signing themselves into the program.
For some families who may be financially exhausted, without the resources necessary to provide for the final expenses of a loved one, the GENESIS program may offer both a noble and dignified choice.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept donors with HIV, hepatitis, active syphilis, active tuberculosis and/or certain infectious diseases for the protection of our staff and the thousands of physicians who come to the MERI each year. We also do not accept children under the age of 18 and are unable to accept persons who are excessively obese or emaciated.