Anatomy + Physiology Course - EXPLO

Anatomy + Physiology

Explore the structure, function, and interdependence of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and other body systems.

In this course, common bodily actions will be demystified as we delve into human anatomical structure through in-class experiments and dissections. Test hot and cold nerve transmission response variance, measure heart rate through electronic monitors, and study allergies and food sensitivity — all while learning about the various systems in the body that keep the human machine functioning. Build a model knee to see how the bones, cartilage, and ligaments interconnect, and dissect an animal’s heart and cardiovascular system to follow blood flow. Practice diagnosing health issues based on symptoms while learning to read and interpret X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.

Note: Students are required to bring long pants and close-toed shoes in order to participate in the laboratory components of the course.

Also note: For students who wish to enroll in both Anatomy + Physiology and Heart Science, please be aware there is overlap in basic concepts and skill development around the circulatory system and dissection of some specimens.

Who Should Take This Course?

Are you that student who can find their own blood pressure, determine their own ocular dominance, and maybe even knows their own VO2 max? This course is ideal for students with an interest in body systems or medicine who are excited to manipulate medical models of joints, engage in lab-based dissections, and experiment with advanced medical and technological equipment.

Advisors + Past Speakers

  • Ellen Roche, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT
  • Paul Januszewski, Instructor, Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS
  • Dr. Denise Wood, Professor of Sports Medicine, Huntington College of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Andrew Eyre, Emergency Department Physician, Brigham and Women's + Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Marc Tetel, Neuroscience Professor + Program Director, Wellesley College
  • Dr. Jason Lazar, Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate
  • Dr. Daniel Kosoy, Transplant Surgeon + Principal, KMD Medical Group
  • Dr. Christian Arbelaez, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Plan your summer

Yale

Course Highlights

  • Blood Clot Simulation

    Design and test a filter apparatus that can catch blood clots without limiting blood flow in order to decrease the likelihood of stroke.

  • Diagnosis

    Given lab results, medical history and symptoms, develop preliminary diagnoses for patients.

  • ELISA Testing

    Use enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect antibodies linked to common viruses like West Nile, HIV, Avian Flu, and Lyme disease.

  • Career Exploration

    Across the board, from pharmacy to surgery to nursing to pediatrics, careers in medicine rely on a strong foundation in human physiology and anatomy. We’ll explore the myriad paths to pursue these career options.

This course made me so much more interested in studying medicine and becoming a doctor.

Advisors + Past Speakers

Ellen Roche

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT

Ellen Roche is an Assistant Professor between Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Medical Engineering Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes development of novel devices to repair or augment cardiac function using disruptive approaches such as soft robotics, combination of mechanical actuation with delivery of cell therapy, and use of light activated biodegradable adhesives. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award, the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science and an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Award.

Paul Januszewski

Instructor, Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS

Paul Januszewski is an instructor of EMS at the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Medical Services. Januszewski teaches courses in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, and healthcare provider certification.

Dr. Denise Wood

Professor of Sports Medicine, Huntington College of Health Sciences

A former world class track and field athlete, Dr. Denise Wood is a professor of Sports Medicine at Huntington College of Health Services in Knoxville, Tennessee. Wood is also a sports training consultant and certified strength and conditioning specialist with years of experience integrating skill acquisition into sport-specific training program. She currently serves as an assistant track and field coach for the Knox County School System.

Dr. Andrew Eyre

Emergency Department Physician, Brigham and Women's + Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Andrew Eyre is an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from the University of Vermont’s Medical School and completing a residency in emergency medicine, Dr. Eyre pursued postdoctoral training in medical simulation at Brigham and Women’s STRATUS Center, one of the nation’s premier simulation facilities, and earned his degree in Health Professions Education from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Marc Tetel

Neuroscience Professor + Program Director, Wellesley College

Marc Tetel is the Dorothy and Charles Jenkins, Jr. Distinguished Professor at Wellesley College. Tetel’s research areas include neuroendocrinology, estrogen and progestin action, and brain and behavior. Tetel directs the Neuroscience Department at Wellesley and teaches at all levels within the program.

Dr. Jason Lazar

Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate

Dr. Jason Lazar is Professor of Medicine, Neurology, Public Health, Molecular & Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. There, Lazar is also the Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology and the Director of the Cardiology fellowship program. Dr. Lazar’s research interests include brain-heart interactions, arterial stiffness, the epidemiology of coronary heart disease in women, in high-risk populations, and health disparities.

Dr. Daniel Kosoy

Transplant Surgeon + Principal, KMD Medical Group

Dr. Daniel Kosoy President of KMD Medical Group, which provides contract surgical services in transplantation and general surgery as well as consultation regarding medical and biotechnology investing and entrepreneurship. Kosoy is also a transplant surgeon at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

Dr. Christian Arbelaez

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Christian Arbelaez is the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Brown Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, The Miriam, and Newport Hospitals. He is an Associate Professor at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Arbelaez is an internationally renowned and recognized innovative leader and expert in international emergency care delivery systems and public health and policy who has worked to improve the international emergency care delivery and public health systems in more than 10 countries with a focus in Latin America.