Beth Ann Ditkoff

BA, Yale University. MD, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Former surgical oncologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center; Department of Surgery, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. Author of The Thyroid Guide (HarperCollins, 2000) and Why Don’t Your Eyelashes Grow? Curious Questions Kids Ask About the Human Body (Penguin, 2008). SLC, 2010–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018


General Biology Series: Anatomy and Physiology

Open , Seminar—Spring

This course is intended to follow General Biology Series: Genes, Cells, and Evolution and emphasizes anatomical and physiological aspects of life.

Anatomy is the branch of science that explores the bodily structure of living organisms, while physiology is the study of the normal functions of these organisms. In this course, we will transition to the exploration of the human body in both health and disease. Focus will be placed on the major body units such as skin, skeletal/muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. By emphasizing concepts rather than the memorization of facts, we will make associations between anatomical structures and their functions. The course will take a clinical approach to anatomy and physiology, with examples drawn from medical disciplines such as radiology, pathology, and surgery. In addition, a separate weekly laboratory component will reinforce key topics. Assessment will include weekly quizzes and a final conference paper at the conclusion of the course. The topic for the paper will be chosen by each student to emphasize the relevance of anatomy/physiology to our understanding of the human body.