Human Anatomy + Physiology

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

Few areas of study have a more visceral, high-stakes, or consequential applications than Anatomy and Physiology. In order for medical professionals to provide the best care for their patients, they must be able to draw on an intimate knowledge of the systems that make us human. Accurate application of these concepts and knowledge in a moment’s notice can make all the difference in medical diagnoses, therapeutic and surgical outcomes, and can even mean the difference between life and death. In this course, explore the interconnectedness of these human body systems, from the anatomical structures to the range of physiological responses. Focus topics include the circulatory system and blood flow, nerve transmission, as well as the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Build a model knee in our design lab to see how the bones, cartilage, and ligaments interconnect, and dissect an animal heart in order to track the flow of blood through each chamber and valve. Explore both the normal function and maintenance of homeostasis as well what happens when the body is affected by certain pathological diseases. Specific emphasis will be placed on applications to medical professions and clinical practice.

Note: Students are required to bring long pants and close-toed shoes in order to participate in the laboratory components of the course. All students will be required to bring a laptop.

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

  • Daniel Kosoy, MD, Transplant Surgeon and Medical Venture Capitalist
  • Dr. Christian Arbelaez, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Dr. Jason Lazar, Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate
  • Dr. Denise Wood, Professor of Sports Medicine, Huntington College of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Glenn R. Gaudette, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Dr. Andrew Eyre, Emergency Department Physician, Brigham and Women's + Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Ellen Roche, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT
  • Dr. Enrico Benedetti, Professor and Head of Surgery and the Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery, University of Illinois Chicago

Plan your summer

Chicago

Course Highlights

  • Patient Care

    Conduct patient history and physical exams, assess signs and symptoms, including results from medical scans and laboratory diagnostics such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your patient.

  • Laboratory Diagnostics

    Interpret lab results from an electrocardiogram (EKG), a blood panel and conduct virology testing using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect antibodies linked to common viruses like West Nile, HIV, Avian Flu, and Lyme disease.

  • Stroke Intervention Lab

    Design and build a medical filtering device to trap a blood clot without limiting blood flow in order to decrease the likelihood of stroke and test it using our blood clot simulator.

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

Advisors + Past Speakers

Daniel Kosoy, MD

Transplant Surgeon and Medical Venture Capitalist

Dr. Daniel H. Kosoy, M.D., serves as a Partner at Athenian Venture Partners since 2000. Dr. Kosoy specializes in life sciences investments and provides expertise in the areas of information systems for the healthcare industry, proprietary pharmaceuticals, wound care and wound healing, tissue engineering, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, and cancer therapies. He has over 14 years of experience in the venture capital industry focusing on the life sciences including biotechnology, bio and specialty pharmaceuticals, medical devices, device-drug combination products, and diagnostics. Dr. Kosoy is a member of the surgical staff and transplant team at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego specializing in abdominal organ transplants and adds a valuable clinical perspective to the team. Dr. Kosoy practices medicine at the Scripps Clinic and serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of biotechnology companies, including Therapeutics, Inc.; Aerpio Therapeutics; and Windy Hill Medical.

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.

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. 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 programs. She currently serves as an assistant track and field coach for the Knox County School System.

Dr. Glenn R. Gaudette

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Glenn R. Gaudette, PhD, is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, aims to develop a treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases. He has pioneered the use of plants as scaffold for heart regeneration. His work has been featured throughout the world including the BBC, Popular Science, The Washington Post and Fox National News and his work was named one of the top medical breakthroughs of the year by Boston Magazine. Dr. Gaudette promotes the development of the entrepreneurial mindset in his students through support provided by the Kern Family Foundation. He was named the 2015 Faculty Member of the Year by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network and has over 75 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited a book on cardiovascular regeneration, has 4 issued patents and founded a company based on the technology developed in his laboratory.

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Enrico Benedetti

Professor and Head of Surgery and the Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery, University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Enrico Benedetti is a Professor and Head of Surgery and the Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Benedetti is a prominent leader in organ transplantation and in the use of robotic-assisted techniques in transplantation. Pioneering many surgical firsts, including the first robotic donor nephrectomy for a living- donor kidney transplant, the first combined living-donor liver and bowel transplant from an adult to an infant, the first robotic combined kidney and pancreas procurement for a living-donor transplant, and the largest series of living-donor intestinal transplants in the world.