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High School Group Visits

On a visit to the Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford, high school students encounter many of the same laboratory facilities and learning resources used by Stanford’s own medical students. Through customizable programs, our instructors guide hundreds of high school students each year as they discover what it means to learn and apply human anatomy in a professional context.

Teachers: Visit Stanford Anatomy With Your Class

We can help you inspire and motivate your students by designing educational “short course” modules that complement your curriculum.

  • Group sizes usually range from 12 – 40. Special arrangements can be made for smaller and larger groups.
  • A typical visit lasts 1 ½ – 2 hours. Sessions of other durations can be arranged.
  • Students engage with a variety of learning resources in an immersive environment. A standard visit usually includes 3 – 4 of the following:

    • Bassett Stereoscopic
      Image Collection
      These highly detailed, full-color photographs have been studied by medical students for more than 50 years and remain some of the most beautiful and informative anatomy learning resources available anywhere. Visitors wear special “3D” glasses to view these stereoscopic images on a large screen while our instructors highlight concepts and quiz students on their anatomy knowledge.

    • Interactive Digital Resources
      On the Anatomage Table, students view an actual-size virtual cadaver and interact with three-dimensional CT scans drawn from the hundreds in the clinical case library we have assembled through our relationships with Stanford hospitals. The entire table is one big touchscreen, so students can rotate, zoom, and change views with intuitive fingertip gestures. The Anatomage Table is great for clinical case-based study and for observing the spatial properties of anatomical structures. Practice with additional digital resources, including custom iPad apps developed at Stanford and used by Stanford students, complements this experience.

    • Physical Models and Bone Collection
      We have variety of hands-on physical resources for use by every age group. Beginning the study of each anatomical region by introducing the skeletal system provides students with an important foundation, and our extensive human bone collection is a great place to start.

    • Cadaveric Specimens
      Our premier teaching and research laboratories house a collection of more than 300 prosected (pre-dissected)s. Visiting students consistently value the unique learning experience that comes from working with real tissue. The collection includes examples of normal anatomy as well as specific clinical conditions and pathologies.
      Available to students 15 years of age and older.

    • R&D Laboratory
      Occasionally, visitors can catch a glimpse of the research and development projects being conducted in our labs. Our researchers explore applications for cutting-edge technologies such as augmented reality and 3D printing, as well as promising new tools such as the Microsoft Kinect motion sensor, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and the zSpace holographic workstation. Research areas include affordable prosthetics design, creation of interactive anatomy education resources, and the application of visual-spatial skills in various medical specialties.
      R&D demonstrations available by special arrangement only.

  • Educational content: Our instructors can focus the content of a program on particular topics, regions, organs, or systems upon request, to complement your classroom study. We can also provide instruction on general anatomy concepts. It is helpful for us to know in advance the level of anatomy knowledge of your students and what they have studied in class so far.

  • Charge: Visits are priced based on number of students in attendance. Charges cover costs of instruction and supplies, and exact rates will depend upon a group’s specific requirements. Contact us for a custom estimate. (Payments must be made by check, as a single payment. Note that some schools choose to collect fees from students or seek private donors to cover costs of the visit.)

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