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L'Anatomie à Paris - An Inclusive Approach

Program full for summer 2023

We hope to offer this program again in a future summer.



Geoffroy Noel

noelDr. Geoffroy Noel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UCSD, and Chief of the Division of Anatomy. He teaches dissection in medical school, residency and continuing medical education programs. His research on the use of new technologies such as needle free devices, augmented reality guidance, ultrasound-guided anesthesia and 3D printing in surgical training is supported by various surgical funding agencies. His work in the field of medical education is highly cited. He recently published various articles on the history of body donation. He is currently working on novel humanistic approaches to cultivate empathy, compassion and inclusion when studying from body donors, which is sponsored by the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion. His passion for teaching was recognized locally, nationally, and internationally with the 2022, Kaiser “Excellence in Teaching” Award, the 2020 ADInstruments Sam Drogo Technology in the Classroom Award, and the 2020 Canadian Association of Medical Education Certificate of Merit.



Paris is often seen as a romantic city with rich architecture and renowned pastries. But did you know that it was also the place where the most famous French surgeons-anatomists paved the ways to all the eponyms used in Surgery, even nowadays? It is also a place where the popularization of anatomical models to study anatomy outside of the dissection room flourished using different materials. Paris is one of the best places in the world to study anatomy, how anatomical structures were represented, and how those representations evolved overtime. Students will explore centuries old anatomic models and attend medical school mini-lectures by French anatomists on the tribulations and contributions of the most famous French surgeons-anatomists. 

This interdisciplinary experience will allow for students to connect art, anatomy, science, history, and culture for a richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education, the connection between science and culture, and the influence of anatomic studies on the great Renaissance masterpiece. 


Anyone! Students need no background; the classes have no prerequisites. Students who have an interest in medicine, health sciences, biological science, history, and art, and who have an interest in travelling to see a beautiful and inspiring place should apply! Both classes in this seminar may be able to be used as general education courses as well as upper division credits in Public Health, Global Health, and Anthropology. (natural science requirements) in most of the colleges. Those courses can be petitioned to count as credit towards a number of other majors.

Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • The winter quarter info session has been cancelled, as the program is full.
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get fall's post-session recording

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2023
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2023
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2023
First Day of Class: Tue., July 2, 2023
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2023
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2023


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • We strongly encourage you to make your flight arrangements to arrive during the window of time specified in order to utilize the program shuttle airport pick up. Time to be confirmed in Spring.
  • Consider purchasing carbon offsets for your flight through your airline.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 
  • Our overseas partner requires that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this program. The provider will request verification during the pre-departure process. No refunds will be given for failure to comply.