Multi-professional Commemorative Service: Difference of Perspectives on Body Donation - ANAT 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form - Summer 2019

Supervisor's Name: Geoffroy Noel

Supervisor's Email: geoffroy.noel [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-3722

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Course number: ANAT 396 (Anatomy and Cell Biology)

Term: Summer 2019

Project start date: June 4th, 2019

Project end date: August 31st, 2019

Project title: Multi-professional Commemorative Service: Difference of Perspectives on Body Donation

Project description (50-100 words suggested): We are proposing to analyse the difference in student perspectives on body donation from different health care programs (medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology and anatomy and cell biology) with respect to their training, their professional identity and their cultural background.
Students from different professional programs respond differently to death.
Studies have reported that nursing students are more sensitive than other professional students when entering an anatomy laboratory. Since 2017, all professional students who had accessed to the anatomy laboratory for their training are now invited to the annual Commemorative Service whereby they will have the opportunity to share their reflective text with their peers, near-peers and the families of our donors their educational experiences in the anatomy lab. By identifying common grounds and complementarities in their reflections about death, anatomy and body donation, students from different professional programs will ultimately be able to gain a mutual respect of another profession’s perspective of death and body donation.
Following the submission of their reflective piece on body donation, professional students will be invited to participate in the study. After collecting the consents, the pieces will be analyzed for common themes utilizing qualitative software (Atlas.ti). Survey will also be designed to measure professional identity and cultural background of the participants.
The purpose of this analysis is to understand the perspective of each student professional group on body donation.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final Report: 75%, Weekly Presentations:25%

Project status: This project is taken.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Human subjects.