Anatomical Services Award

The Anatomical Services Award will be awarded to the best platform or poster presentation given at an AACA annual meeting for scientific studies or case reports in the areas of donor preparation and management to include storage, tracking and special preparations, etc.; administration of donor programs; and other areas related to type and quality of donor preparation and management.   The award will be $600 to be used to defray travel costs to the AACA annual or regional meeting immediately following, an award certificate and a waiver of association membership fees in the subsequent year.

To be eligible for the award, the presentation must be made by the principle author of the abstract who must be a technical or administrative staff member in an academic whole body donation program or at an academic institution where donors are used for anatomical and clinical education.

Award eligible submissions, will be judged by technical peers within the association.  The final selection committee will include the six members of the Anatomical Services Committee and the Anatomical Services Councilor.

2017 Anatomical Services Award Recipient: Casey Hessman

Did you win a Poster or Platform presentation?


Title of winning presentation:

“Advancing the Mission of Body Donation Programs Using Written Medical Records- A Novel Approach”

Your current position:

Donation Coordinator, University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program—Minneapolis, MN

Your Undergraduate and previous graduate training (if any):

B.S. Mortuary Science, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Applied Business Certificate, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Your home state:

South Dakota

Hobbies and or Special Interests:


Board games



Spending time outdoors and with family and friends

What would you like to see yourself doing 10 years from now?

I would like to see myself working in the field of public health and earn a Master’s degree.