Community Courses


Community Outreach

The following courses  are offered by Office of Continuing Studies and/or the Division of Clinical Anatomy and are open to the community.

Introduction to Anatomy at the Stanford School of Medicine (Continuing Studies)
In this three-hour course,  participants will discover the technologies that Stanford students use to prepare for a future in medicine, learn how the combination of these technologies with human cadaver dissections makes learning anatomy at Stanford a unique experience, and observe a surgical procedure demonstration. Enroll through Stanford Continuing Studies.

Discovering Anatomy
This course is similar to the Introduction to Anatomy Continuing Studies course above and is limited to 6-12 participants.  This course is not regularly scheduled and will be provided on an as needed basis. Please contact Bruce Fogel at

Advanced Discovering Anatomy
In this three-hour course, participants will learn relevant human anatomy in the context of a common clinical condition, research a clinical condition in simulated medical school class, and assist the surgeon in performing the surgical treatment.  Prerequisite for this course is Discovering Anatomy or Introduction to Anatomy at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Continuing Education

The following courses are open to dental professionals.

Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Cadaver Dissection
In this half-day course, participants (working in groups of two) will dissect one half of a human cadaver head specimen. The emphasis will be on learning basic skull and mandibular anatomy and understanding and performing block anesthesia.  Cadavers and dissection instruments will be provided.

Oral Surgery for the General Practitioner
Participants will learn to assess degree of difficulty of surgical cases, identify the most common oral surgery procedures, perform step by step extraction of teeth utilizing improved instruments and techniques for bone preservation, and perform extractions and other surgical procedures on cadaver material.

Posture Workshop: Yoga and Pilates Exercises for the Dental Team
In part one of this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to improve and maintain good posture in everyday life as well as in the workplace using simple Pilates and yoga poses. Special attention will be given to treating the physical discomfort in the back, shoulders and neck, which results from providing dental care and administrative responsibilities. In part two, each participant will be guided in fine-tuning their exercises for maximum benefit.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Cadaver Dissection and Clinical Application Workshop
In this half-day course, participants (working in groups of two) will dissect one half of a human cadaver head specimen, with an emphasis on the temporomandibular joint, muscles of mastication, and neurovascular pathways. The clinical significance of each anatomical structure will be discussed along with the different types of temporomandibular joint disorders. Cadavers and dissection instruments will be provided.

Grand Rounds: Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning for the Partially Edentulous Patient
In this one-hour presentation, Dr. Sadowsky will discuss the growing body of longitudinal studies which has illuminated the comparative prognoses of various implant and conventional restorative options for our patients.  When should we restore a space with a tooth-borne fixed dental prosthesis and when with an implant?  Are fixed dental prostheses on implants predictable?  Are cantilever implant prostheses recommended? Do multiple implant restorations need to be splinted?  Are short implant crowns viable?  What are the considerations for cement- and screw-retained prostheses?  Finally, what are the indications for immediate placement of implants?