Clinical Anatomy Summer Program

Surgical Anatomy for High School and Pre-Med Students

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2021 Important Dates


Application opens


Application deadline


Applicants notified of acceptance


Tuition due 



First day of CASP


Last day of CASP

Clinical Anatomy Summer Program (CASP) applications will open in January 2021

The Clinical Anatomy Summer Program (CASP) is for high school students considering careers in procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, EMTs/paramedics, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, medical education or other health-related fields.

The course includes classroom and laboratory sessions led by Stanford instructors, and will include student-led clinical case study presentations, interactive VR sessions, hands-on activities, surgical simulations with human cadavers and more.

Due to COVID-19, it has yet to be determined whether or not this course will be run in-person or online.

CASP Class of 2020

Program Overview

  • Schedule: TBD.  Classes meet daily Monday - Friday 9:00-4:00pm.  Attendance is mandatory.
  • Class size: Approximately 60
  • Age requirement: Must be age 15 or older to apply
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Application fee: $25
    Due at the time of application. Application fee is non-refundable. 
  • Course fee: $TBD (Non-refundable)
    Upon notification of acceptance, the entire course fee is due to ensure a place in the program. A limited amount of financial assistance may be available for those in need.
  • Instructors: The course is led by Stanford faculty in the Department of Surgery, Division of Clinical Anatomy
  • Location: Classes will meet in the CCSR building on the Stanford University Medical Center campus in Palo Alto, CA. or online.
  • Housing: This is a non-residential program. Students must arrange for their own lodging and transportation.
  • Application requirements: Students will be asked to provide a short essay and one letter of recommendation. Parental consent forms will be required from accepted students.
  • Homework assignments: Students will complete daily assignments in preparation for each class and will spend time outside of class preparing for daily quizzes and clinical case study presentations. Students may also be required to complete reflective writing assignments based on their class experience.
  • About human cadavers: Dissection of and interaction with human cadavers is a unique and honored privilege. In this course, students learn about the ethical treatment of human specimens donated to Stanford's Willed Body Program. Appropriate respect for the donors and their generosity--as well as a professional demeanor toward the facilities, instruments, and equipment--must be demonstrated at all times in the laboratory.