The Clinical Anatomy Pre-Health Initiative (CAPHI) is hosted by the Stanford Department of Surgery and Division of Clinical Anatomy. CAPHI is a week-long summer intensive for undergraduate students who identify as first-generation college students, low-income, and/or underrepresented in health professions. CAPHI seeks to empower pre-health students in their educational paths by introducing students to the academic rigor of graduate level anatomy coursework and exploring a multitude of allied health professions. CAPHI students will attend an anatomy lecture series, anatomy labs with cadaveric specimens, skill-building sessions, and speaker workshops. 

Program eligibility:

CAPHI students must identify with one or more of the following: 

  • First generation college student 
  • Low-income background 
  • Minority in medicine/ health professions 


Students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof upon acceptance into the program. 


Program dates: TBA

CAPHI Application 

Prospective CAPHI students must complete an application form and virtual interview to be considered for the program. Prospective students will be prompted to answer two personal statements questions and upload unofficial transcripts as part of the application form. We recommend having these ready when you begin filling out the form. The personal statement prompts are listed below. We recommend drafting these responses ahead of time in a separate document, then pasting them into the application form. The application must be submitted by the application deadline. All applicant materials will be reviewed after the deadline. Select students will be notified if they are invited to interview. Interviews will be held virtually in the spring. 

Personal statement prompts: 

1. Tell us about yourself. (350 words)
You can describe your family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, and undergraduate years. You should also discuss the motivational factors which led you to be interested in an allied-health profession, including any disadvantages or obstacles which might put your accomplishments into context. 

2. Why did you decide to apply to the Clinical Anatomy Pre-Health Initiative, and what do you hope to gain from the program should you be accepted? (350 words)
Describe your interest in clinical anatomy as well as your goal in exploring allied-health professions. 

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