The Division’s “Anatomy Scholars Program” Promotes Student-initiated Research and Development Activities

Burke Boyle

Burke is one of four clinical anatomy scholars. He is highly involved in the Bio Skills Lab within the Division of Clinical Anatomy. His responsibilities include coordinating and assisting with many of the Bio Skills Lab sessions, the majority of which use fresh cadaveric specimens for the purposes of surgical training or medical device prototype testing. For his scholarly work, Burke is investigating the potential application of checklists in anatomy education. Drawing upon his experience as a professional pilot, Burke hopes to demonstrate the value of checklists as tools for improving teamwork and communication among teams of dissecting students. 

Clay Crawford

Clay's scholarly work is focused on research and development of surgical education technologies. He takes a design approach to surgery education, collaborating with surgeons from Stanford and abroad to perform needs finding and develop novel tools for teaching and assessing technical skills. He has worked with Orthopaedic Surgeons from Stanford and New Delhi to create a cognitive task simulator to help teach residents the crucial steps of a Total Knee Replacement, and has authored an interactive iBook that teaches the principles of wound closure and suturing technique. Clay is currently leading a study investigating the relationship between innate learner characteristics and acquisition of suturing skill.

This year Clay will be working to improve and formalize the Stanford Clinical Anatomy SimDesign program, creating a handbook that maps its process and collaborating closely with international partners to enhance surgical training through simulation.

Outside of Stanford Clay continues to work with international surgery programs, assisting in patient care, program management, and health care education. Clay holds a B.A. in Human Biology with an academic concentration in International Health from Stanford.

Briana Evans

Briana Evans holds a BA/MA in Anthropology from Stanford University. Her undergraduate and Master’s research focused on international health systems, specifically emergency medicine and NGO safety nets in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In the Division of Clinical Anatomy, Briana manages registration and updating of the Willed Body Program. Her scholarly work in the Division investigates the confluence of affective and intellectual impacts of dissection in anatomy education.

Margaux Schwartzstein

Margaux’s research focuses on enhancing the relationship between athletes and athletic trainers and increasing the compliance of injured athletes by the implementation of anatomy education. Through her study, she hopes to enrich the communication between skilled professionals and their patients and provide the best quality and most efficient resources for educating anatomy. Margaux coordinates the Clinical Anatomy Summer Program and serves as a TA for courses such Physician Assistant anatomy, the Clinical Anatomy Summer Program, visting High School and College groups, PT courses, and international teams.