Our educational program is a carefully calibrated balance between
rigorous grounding in the basics and the fostering of an innovative
process that is tightly linked to patient needs. Medical students,
residents, and fellows all benefit from this balance.
For the former, we have a Human Anatomy division that is fully
staffed by practicing physicians with a proven expertise in teaching,
a disappearing art.
In fact, many other medical schools have eviscerated or eliminated
staffs that teach anatomy. We strongly support the continued need for
dissection-based introductory anatomy courses in medical school.
To facilitate this work, we have one the best-equipped anatomy labs
and morgues in the world, including the Roy B. Cohn Bioskills
Laboratories where students can learn the basics and experienced
surgeons can try new techniques.
At the same time, our Human Anatomy faculty members have been
leaders in the development of computer- and web-based educational
materials in anatomy. Our work has included animations and other
dynamic depictions of surgical procedures, study aids for
examinations, and 3-D depictions of anatomy.
To cultivate innovation, members of our surgical faculty have
pioneered "virtual surgery" techniques that are giving
surgeons the type of hands-on experience in basic and emerging
surgical techniques that they could never have acquired in the past.
Rather than waiting around for the occasional opportunity to work on a
live patient "as many surgeons are still trained" our
virtual surgery labs re-create real-life situations in a risk-free
environment, the same way that pilots receive in-flight training in
flight simulators before actually putting a plane in the air.
A fellowship to cultivate innovation
Bringing creative surgical insights to fruition is a complex
process, requiring a multitude of skills that reach far beyond the
In response, we've created a two-year fellowship in surgical
innovation that will familiarize the most talented young physicians
with clinical needs assessment, engineering principles, resources,
project planning, intellectual property issues, regulatory procedures,
and other components of timely and successful innovation. Fellows will
take advantage of not just the entire Stanford campus, but the
surrounding business community where innovation thrives.
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