Clinical Anaplastology Training Program

The Facial Prosthetics/Anaplastology Clinic offers a supervised clinical training program for domestic as well as international candidates interested in gaining educational and clinical training exposure in the field of clinical anaplastology. This is defined by the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology (BCCA) as the art and science of providing custom made facial, ocular, and non-weight bearing somatic prostheses. For more information on our clinic and facial prosthetic rehabilitation, click here.

The clinical anaplastologist is a non-physician health care professional that provides care based on a physician’s referral and clinical assessment to support, modify, replace, protect or restore an anatomical structure. The clinical anaplastologist collaborates with physicians and patients to provide services such as: treatment planning, custom prosthetics, surgical guides, and custom implants. Training is provided in these areas, as well as in the areas of: clinical assessment, treatment planning, implementation of treatment plan, device delivery, patient education, follow up care, and ethical & professional standards.

The curriculum of the Johns Hopkins Supervised Training Program in Clinical Anaplastology is based on validated research conducted on behalf of the BCCA that establishes competencies required for the provision of safe and effective clinical anaplastology care to patients. Upon successful completion, trainees are provided a Certificate of Attendance documenting their period of study from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Program Information

Trainees go through a curriculum that explores the knowledge and various technical competencies required of the clinical anaplastologist. Pre-clinical coursework covers such areas as CPR training, HIPAA patient privacy practices, and infection control procedures. A foundation of artistic and anatomical study, followed by exposure to the various materials and methods used, provide the basis for later clinical work. Trainees are provided with supervised clinical training during the entirety of their study.

The curriculum is flexible and is offered as a focused period of study for a concentrated period of time, as well as a longer comprehensive curriculum lasting two semesters. Students have the option of focusing their period of study to include facial, ocular prosthetics, or both. This is indicated in the Applicant Profile form at the top right corner.

Education in ocular prosthetics is offered offsite in collaboration with the Center for Ocular Prosthetics, with adjunct faculty member Fred Harwin, Board Certified Ocularist (NEBO), Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (ASO), in Portland, Oregon.


:: Juan R. García, Associate Professor, Clinic Director
:: Fred Harwin, Adjunct Assistant Professor


:: Gary P. Lees, Associate Professor, Chairman
:: Corinne Sandone, Associate Professor, Director
:: Timothy H. Phelps, Associate Professor, Assistant Director
:: Norman Barker, Professor
:: Ian Suk, Professor
:: David A. Rini, Associate Professor
:: Anne Altemus, Assistant Professor
:: Donald F. Bliss, Assistant Professor
:: Jennifer E. Fairman, Assistant Professor

Location and Housing

The Anaplastology Clinic is a unit of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It is located on the East Baltimore Campus of the University, one mile from the Inner Harbor, near the head of the Chesapeake Bay.

A continuously running shuttle bus connects the East Baltimore medical campus with the University’s liberal arts campus, twenty minutes away on North Charles St. and also with the Peabody Institute Conservatory of Music. A subway system connects the medical center with downtown and several suburban communities.

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HOUSING :: Preferred Short-Term University Option
Johns Hopkins has a lease agreement with the 929 Building to offer visiting faculty, staff and students short-term housing options during their stay in Baltimore. The 929 Building is conveniently located two blocks from the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus (within walking distance). The address is 929 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.

To reserve a room for short-term housing (less than one year); please contact the Johns Hopkins Housing Office at 410-955-3905 or For more information, please see

HOUSING :: Off-Campus
Residence listings near The Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus are available from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Off-Campus Housing, (410) 955-3836. You may also see for more information.

The Denton A. Cooley Center includes a full-size gymnasium, indoor running track, four racquetball courts, two squash courts, weight room, exercise areas, locker rooms with sauna in each, and a Jacuzzi.
Membership is available with a fee for trainees. An outdoor swimming pool is also available for an additional fee (at the Hopkins Employee rate).


Tuition and Fees

Tuition is arranged on an individual basis depending on the course of study. Trainees are individually responsible for their transportation and room and board expenses. Trainees are required to pay a Materials Fee of upon appointment to cover the costs of materials which will be provided for use in projects. Trainees are also required to purchase a University-required medical insurance policy, unless proof of an existing acceptable insurance is provided.

Financial assistance is not available for the Clinical Anaplastology Training Program. Individuals are responsible for assuming the full cost of the tuition, materials fee, medical insurance, transportation, room and board expenses. Trainees are eligible to make use of the Johns Hopkins Shuttle Bus to and from the Medical School Campus.

The length of training is arranged on an individual basis. Two-semester trainees typically begin their duties in the Summer each year, ending in the Spring of the following year. Shorter periods of study are offered throughout the year for those that cannot commit to a full 2-semester period of study.

Application Guidelines :: Educational Prerequisites

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the following Trainee Position Description. Applicants are required to meet the following minimum requirements:

Trainee is required to have completed a Baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.S., B.F.A). Trainee should demonstrate high academic standing in all coursework.

Science coursework requirements are in each of the following areas: Vertebrate Anatomy (with dissection), Vertebrate Physiology, Organ Histology, and Inorganic and/or General Chemistry (for Science Majors).

Art coursework with an accompanying portfolio of artwork is required demonstrating artistic ability in the following areas: General Drawing, Figure or Portrait Drawing, Figure or Portrait Sculpture, Color Media (demonstrating accomplished use of watercolor, opaque paint media and colored pencil. Subject matter should include examples of portraiture, landscape and still life rendered in a representational manner demonstrating the ability to match colors accurately and to create form and space with color).

Additional coursework in English Composition is also required.

Recommended additional coursework includes: Digital Media (Drawing, illustration, painting, 3D modeling, 3D animation, multimedia presentations), Art History, and Photography.

NOTE: Candidates with a non-standard clinical education will also be considered. However, emphasis on years of clinical training and work experience as well as membership in professional organizations will be considered for acceptance into the program.

Preferred skills include previous exposure in the following areas: CPR certification, dental laboratory materials/techniques, and other anaplastology-related knowledge and skills (prosthetic sculpting, moldmaking, impression taking, and casting). Although previous exposure to these are preferred, they are covered as part of the training program.

Preference is given to individuals with a formal degree in medical illustration interested in further training in anaplastology.

Application Procedures

All candidates interested in applying for a two semester period of study are required to submit an Applicant Profile with an accompanying Portfolio by January 15th. Those interested in a period of study less than 2 semesters (in facial or ocular prosthetics) can submit their Applicant Profile and Portfolio throughout the year.

  • Typically one trainee is selected for the two semester period of study to begin in the Summer.
  • Potential candidates may submit an Applicant Profile and accompanying Portfolio anytime during the year, but no later than January 15th of the application year for the 2 semester program. Credentials are reviewed in the order of their receipt, but responses may not be given until after the January 15th due date.
  • The Admissions Committee will notify all candidates who qualify for final consideration and are invited for a personal or online interview. Due dates for providing additional supporting documents will be provided by the Clinic Director at the time the interview date is set. Some may be asked to provide additional portfolio examples.
  • Supporting documents include: 1. Three letters of recommendation. At least one from a science instructor or from an art instructor or from a person serving a clinical supervisory role. 2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • All candidates submitting an applicant profile will receive written notification of their status no later than April 15th for the 2 semester candidates.
  • January 15th – Portfolio & Applicant Profile for 2 semester program
  • April 15th – Notification for 2 semester program

Correspondence should be addressed to:
Juan R. García, Clinic Director
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1830 East Monument Street, Suite 7000
Baltimore, Maryland 21287-2100
Telephone: 410-955-8215

Portfolio Guidelines

An artistic or clinical portfolio is required of all applicants. The portfolio is to be accompanied by a description of images in the Portfolio Identification Form (appearing on the second page of the Applicant Profile). Only properly identified artwork will be reviewed. Use the Portfolio Identification Form, page 2 of the Applicant Profile PDF, to identify: Title or assignment, Medium, Original size, Date of completion, and Source. All images should be composed appropriately and in focus, as this will be judged as part of the evaluation process.

Candidates with an artistic portfolio are expected to provide 15-20 examples of artwork.

Candidates without an artistic portfolio are expected to provide 10 before and after photographic examples of their clinical work.

A Portfolio may be submitted throughout the year as a PDF file, or as a PowerPoint presentation on a CD-R, along with an Applicant Profile. It is recommended the portfolio be assembled using PowerPoint and then exported as a PDF file which can be e-mailed along with the Applicant Profile.

Please make images as large as possible. Identify each slide/page of presentation with a number corresponding to that in the Applicant Profile with the last name (01Smith).

The Admissions Committee is interested in viewing artistic details and subtleties of your work. Therefore, you may wish to include additional detail slides/pages of selected images to enhance your portfolio (01Smith+d). 


Artistic Portfolio
15-20 Examples of all 5 required art categories: General Drawing, Figure Drawing, Figurative Sculpting, Color Media, and Digital Media (Drawing or Painting).

  • A minimum of 5 figure or portrait drawing studies.
  • A minimum of 3 figure or portrait sculpting studies.
  • A minimum of 3 color media pieces.
  • A minimum of 2 digital pieces (drawing or painting).
  • Additional examples may include: sculpture, prints, 3D digital modeling, or multimedia presentations.
  • Source of Artistic examples: (L)-Life, from direct observation or (P)-Photograph.

Clinical Portfolio
10 Photographic examples of clinical work

  • Before and after photos on patient are preferred. One patient per slide. Multiple views per example are allowed.
  • Photos of a prosthetic device alone without the patient are acceptable. Multiple views per example are allowed.
  • Please provide the best appropriate views to judge the quality of work, especially on before and after photos.
  • Source of Clinical examples: (S)-Sole Creator or (C)-Collaborative Piece.

Contact Information

To learn more about facial prosthetic cases, please click and visit the Facial Prosthetics Clinic

Correspondence should be addressed to:
Juan R. García, Clinic Director
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1830 East Monument Street, Suite 7000
Baltimore, Maryland 21287-2100
Telephone: 410-955-8215