Sophomore Seminars

Anatomy in Society

SURG 72Q
  • Design earbuds, headphones and hearing aids to improve sound detection.
  • Design the interior of electric cars with the intent of improving musculoskeletal efficiency.
  • Develop better prosthesis for lower limb injuries and design exercises to improve core strength.

These are just a few of the projects that are the focus of Anatomy and Society, an elective course offered by the Division of Clinical Anatomy (in the School of Medicine). The course is for undergraduates who want to develop an understanding of relevant human anatomy and its influence on the design of commercial products and exercise. Guest speakers are experts in the fields of audiology, ergonomics and vehicle interior design, yoga and Pilates, and prosthetics/orthotics. The laboratory component exposes students to human anatomy through cadaver specimens, the 3D anatomy table, 3D digital images and models. 

Note: class is limited to 15 students.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Bruce Fogel

 “Learning human anatomy on cadaver specimens is fascinating, yet as a dental student, it was challenging to understand the relevance of much that I was learning, let alone the application of the anatomy to everyday life. This dilemma continued during my years in clinical practice and in the succeeding years developing interactive 3D software to teach anatomy. With joining the faculty at Stanford came the opportunity to develop an alternate approach to teaching anatomy, one in which the relevance of the anatomy is the foundation of the course. Anatomy in Society is the result of this approach.Using cadaver specimens, 3D apps and the 3D anatomy table as primary resources, students are free to use their imagination in designing products and exercises that are common in our society, along with learning the anatomy that is used with these products and exercises.”

Sakti Srivastava

Sakti Srivastava is an associate professor, Department of Surgery, and chief, Division of Clinical Anatomy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has taught anatomy to a variety of learners at Stanford since 1999, and has championed the development of learning technologies and use of digital media to enhance traditional anatomy teaching.