Clinical Anatomy In The Department of Surgery

Our programs embody Stanford's longstanding commitment to innovative approaches and techniques by integrating the benefits of multimedia visualization technologies with the study of cadaveric specimens. Above: a research assistant studies a 3D rendering of a fractured leg bone, while consulting details of the patient's case on her tablet.


Defining Clinical Anatomy

The Division of Clinical Anatomy, part of the Department of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine, offers educational programs for anatomy students at all levels. Through a combination of required and elective courses, medical students and undergraduates receive a comprehensive introduction to the study of human anatomy in the classroom and laboratory setting, with emphasis on the clinical implications associated with each topic. Our introductory seminars and specialized electives offer the chance to approach anatomical study from a variety of perspectives, including those of surgeons, engineers, product designers, or artists.

Throughout the year, we also offer custom courses for residents, fellows, attending physicians, and staff; and our outreach programs provide high school students and other members of the community a glimpse of the unique experience of being an anatomy student at Stanford.

Together with colleagues on campus and industry partners throughout Silicon Valley and around the globe, we work to advance research in several fields, such as anatomy education, prosthetics, and medical device design. We study the educational value of such evolving technologies as motion capture and augmented reality, and we create educational software and videos for use worldwide by many types of learners. Our media production team employs its unique combination of talents and training to create an extensive range of high quality visual materials for use in the classroom, lab, and online environments.

How to Help

Generous support from donors and affiliates helps to make our work possible. Whether you wish to donate your body for study, make a financial gift, or become an industry partner, your contribution to our program makes an invaluable difference to the physicians, surgeons, and researchers of tomorrow.





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The Division of Clinical Anatomy offers
summer educational programs for enthusiastic and talented high school and college students, including the Clinical Anatomy Research Scholars (CARS) summer internship and a three-week course that introduces anatomy
from head to toe. Learn More »


From breaking ground in the field of affordable prosthetics to exploring the educational applications of augmented reality, researchers
in Clinical Anatomy work to advance our understanding of how our bodies interact with
the high-tech world around us. Like Stanford Clinical Anatomy on Facebook to read more
about the Division's R&D endeavors.


Our laboratory facilities offer extensive
resources for preparing and studying

The new Bio Skills lab can be configured for dissection tasks or surgical procedure simulations, complete with audio-visual
recording and operating room-style lighting. Facilities can be reserved for many kids of lab activities. Contact us for details.


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