Anatomy Scholars Program

The Clinical Anatomy Scholars program in the Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford allows recent college graduates an opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff in the Division who are committed to innovation and success in teaching, research, and technology.  

The division encourages independent study and development, and in pursuit of such growth scholars are welcome to attend open Division events (such as talks or presentations), observe most teaching and research activities that take place in the anatomy labs or other facilities, and make use of the Anatomy Library and related resources. Recognizing the desire for long-term academic and professional growth that Anatomy Scholars typically exhibit, the faculty and staff of the division support scholars by making themselves available to advise and coach them in independent endeavors.

The Anatomy Scholars Program typically consists of a one-year duration with each year culminating in scholars assisting and teaching course material during our Clinical Anatomy Summer Program (CASP) for high school students. 



  • Recently completed an undergraduate degree
  • Are interested in a career in Healthcare (MD, DDS, PA, BioMedical, etc.)
  • Can commit to a one-year, part-time, position


Please email to learn more.

Current Anatomy Scholars

Julie-Ann Nguyen

Anatomy Scholar/Research Assistant

Julie-Ann Nguyen graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology with a concentration in Human Biology after transferring from De Anza College.

During her undergraduate career, her involvement in UC Berkeley School of Public Health's Field Study Internship as an intern and the American Medical Student Association as the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health/ Gender and Sexuality Committee Chair cultivated her passion for learning about health disparities and working towards building healthier communities. Julie-Ann also worked as a medical assistant creating educational resources for patients, which inspired her interest in medical education and teaching. 

As a scholar, Julie-Ann leads prosection demonstrations, assists faculty with numerous anatomy courses, and develops the Clinical Anatomy Summer Program. She also volunteers at a legal nonprofit working with low-income and underserved communities in the South Bay Area and another local nonprofit working with refugees. In her free time, she likes to read, explore new places to eat, and spend time outdoors. 

Somin Jo

Anatomy Scholar/Research Assistant

Somin Jo graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2021 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a minor in International Peace Studies. 

At Notre Dame, Somin worked as a Senior Health & Wellness Fellow for the McDonald Center for Student Well-being, researched the soil lead levels in playgrounds located in the South Bend community, and assisted other Neuroscience majors as a Neuroscience lab teaching assistant. She was also an undergraduate tour guide and an active member of the Student Union. 

Currently, Somin works as a Clinical Anatomy scholar and as a behavioral therapist to provide support for children with autism. Somin hopes to attend medical school in the future, with a special interest in pediatrics. In her free time, Somin volunteers with The Painted Turtle and likes to travel, spend time with loved ones, and reread her favorite books!

Rocio Angeles

Anatomy Scholar/Research Assistant

Rocio Angeles graduated from Saint Mary's College of California with a B.S. in Allied Health Sciences. 

She currently works as an Anatomy Scholar in the Division of Clinical Anatomy with a special interest in anatomical variations. ​

During her undergraduate career, her passion for anatomy education led her to serve as a teaching assistant. She has assisted with the Stanford Clinical Anatomy Summer Program for several years.

Additionally, she has had the opportunity to shadow surgeons in South America, learning about neurosurgery, general surgery and vascular surgery. Rocio plans to attend medical school in the future, with a special interest in surgical specialties. In her free time, she likes to draw, act, and sing. ​

Past Anatomy Scholars

Maddie Hayes-Lattin, 2020

Hannah Hales, 2019

Gabby Schreiner, 2019

Christian Torres, 2019

Aldis Petriceks, 2019

Willie Hercule, 2018

Clinton Olivas, 2018

Ashley Peterson, 2018

Jessica Plaza, 2016

Aimee Alejandre, 2016

Erick Melara, 2015

Anna McGregor, 2015

Burke Boyle, 2014

Briana Evans, 2014

Aaron Pachner, 2013

Caitlin Lawson, 2013

Clay Crawford, 2012

Margaux Schwartzstein, 2012

Whitney Liehr, 2011

Matt Stephens, 2011