CASP Curriculum

In this course, students will...

  • Study the anatomy of the human body in a hands-on setting.
  • Learn and practice basic dissection skills.
  • Observe simulated surgical procedures on unembalmed cadaveric tissue.
  • Learn the fundamentals of suturing, instrument handling and foundational medical skills.
  • Learn about careers in medicine.
  • Learn key concepts in biomedical visualization with state of the art technology.
  • Use the same lab and simulation facilities available to Stanford's surgical residents.

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.