"Since its establishment in 1968, the Body Donation Program at the UC Davis Medical Center has promoted the education of medical students and research.
'Of the bodies donated, about half go toward anatomical education and the other half go toward research,' said Charlotte Wacker, the director of the Body Donation Program.
Donated cadavers are used at the Medical Center, the Medical School, other UC institutions and for surgical development. On the UC Davis campus, the cadavers are used primarily for graduate classes in medical gross anatomy and graduate human anatomy, but are also used in undergraduate human anatomy.
Outside of the classroom, medical residents and advanced students use the cadavers to better hone their understanding of anatomy. Similarly, surgeons learn and practice new surgical techniques that help to save lives..."