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Anatomical Gift Program Specialist

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Under the general supervision of the Director of Anatomic Services, the Anatomical Gift Program Specialist is responsible for preservation of anatomical donations and lab use/cleanup for the Anatomical Gift Program.  Provide specimens and technical assistance in the laboratory component of postgraduate/medical/resident courses involving gross anatomy and neuroanatomy.  The specialist will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the lab in compliance with medical school, state, and federal regulations, maintaining inventory of donations and specimens, as well as assist faculty and group with their needs in the anatomy lab. The technician will also be responsible for on-call hours to facilitate the timely donation through communication and coordination with medical, funeral, and medico-legal professionals.



  • Independently manage and maintain daily operations of the human gross anatomy lab (Anatomy Resource Center), including facilitating the movement of human cadavers in and out of the Anatomical Gift Program, cleaning and stocking of supplies.
  • Oversee Anatomy Resource Center activities including daily schedule, ensuring proper safety protocols and interactions with faculty, staff and Center users.
  • Screen and accept human anatomical donations for the Anatomical Gift Program which require interaction with funeral homes, attorneys, and family and friends of the deceased.
  • Manage and maintain regulatory documentation of all activities in the Anatomy Resource Center and ensure compliance with all relevant federal and state laws.
  • Ensure that donors and donated materials are handled in an appropriate manner to meet legal, public health, and ethical standards
  • Maintain inventory records which correlate with an anatomical database
  • Perform general duties in support of the Anatomical Gift Program; such as, clean the lab and dispose of hazardous materials appropriately
  • In conjunction with funeral home(s) and donor family requests, coordinate removal, transportation, and appropriate documentation of and receipt of acquired donation
  • Carry a pager for 24/7 contact when a donation has come available and arrange appropriate pager coverage when not available
  • Ensure proper communication with potential donors, donor families, funeral homes, health care professionals, and medico-legal authorities.
  • Under the direction of the director for anatomic services, coordinate donation use for UMass DSF Course, Summer Prosection Program, Advanced Anatomy courses, or other approved programs
  • Coordinate requests for materials from other institutions
  • Embalm anatomical donors
  • Prepare donors for cremation
  • Monitor, maintain, and purchase stock of solutions, supplies, and equipment
  • Assist in organizing the Annual Memorial Service for Anatomical Donors.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Associate’s degree from an accredited school of funeral service
  • 3 years of experience in a trainee role or equivalent experience
  • Massachusetts license for embalming or qualified for license in Massachusetts.
  • Physical ability and stamina to perform strenuous maintenance duties and transfer heavy loads. Knowledge of biological, chemical, medical, psychological and business principles
  • Computer literacy to assist in maintaining records
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience with multitasking in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Must maintain confidentiality of all donor related information and program operations, and handle responsibilities ethically


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Inside Workings at UMASS Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, is proud of our role in serving the people of Massachusetts. Although, its the inside workings of UMMS that makes the difference.

Mission and Culture

  • We’re serious about our mission and about our people. 
  • Real World Impact - Our people get excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service.
  • International Prominence and New Opportunities - As this institution has grown to national – and international – prominence, we’ve found new opportunities to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists,  discover causes of and cures for disease and help improve the quality of health care.
  • Deep Commitment - With our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, and our other teaching affiliates, we share a deep commitment to national distinction in patient care.
  • Valued Partnerships – UMMS partners with Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting arm of UMMS. Also, UMMS partners with MassBiologics in scientific collaborations, technology management and creating partnerships for the development of products for the benefit of patients.  These valued partnerships help us to provide services and programs to help meet our needs at UMMS and the public.
  • Proud Contributors - People at UMMS enjoy the feeling of going to work every day knowing what they do is truly important and worthwhile.
  • Complementary and Inseparable - These varied parts of our mission and culture are complementary and inseparable.                 


UMMS, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion.  UMMS is a world-class institution with opportunities to match. 

Competitive Compensation – UMMS offers salaries that are competitive with Worcester-area employers. When combined with our generous benefits, perks, and paid time off, many job seekers are surprised to find a total rewards package that matches or exceeds their current situation.

Targeted Hiring Process – At UMMS, there are actually multiple hiring processes for different segments of our workforce.  In nearly all cases, UMMS hiring process is decentralized, with qualified candidates screened and referred to an academic officer or manager with hiring authority.

24/7 Access to Employment Opportunities – iCIMS is our online job search and application system.  iCIMS is available 24/7 to provide you with a convenient and up-to-date view of the available employment opportunities across our campuses. Updates are made daily and include all faculty and non-faculty position listings from every school and department within the UMMS. When you identify a position you are interested in and qualified for, apply online. New opportunities become available frequently so it pays to check back often!


With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, UMMS may be exactly the employer you’ve been looking for.

• Superior Benefits - UMMS offers a wide range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the Worcester area – and with academic institutions anywhere. UMMS provides superior medical and dental coverage for you and your family, fully funded retirement plans, generous time off, a Tuition Assistance Plan – and much more.

• People Centered - UMMS is an employer, but it is also a community. Its comprehensive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, and even paid holidays reflect an institution built around people, with a deep respect for their differences and needs.

• Commitment to Healthy Living - UMMS provides resources to help you balance work and life and encourages healthy living through great programs and discounts for fitness, physical activity, weight management, nutritional counseling and general wellness available through our health insurance plans.

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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