School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Medical Histology/Cell Biology

Course Director: Dr. Rod Braun

The overall goal of the Year I Histology/Cell Biology course is to engage medical students in learning the key concepts related to recognizing the normal appearance of human cells, tissues, and organs, as well as relating the structure and histological organization of the cells, tissues, and organs to their functional role in the human body. The systematic application of this knowledge will be applied to pathological examples in Year II.

Histology runs concurrently with the Gross Anatomy course and is integrated where appropriate. There are 49 lecture hours that include 8 hours of Histology review lectures. There is also an additional 34 hours of Histology/Cell Biology laboratory, in which additional images are presented to the students and discussed in a small group format. The course also has web-based supplementary materials including:

1) Virtual microscopy- digitized microscope slides can be viewed as if on a microscope.
2) On-line lecture streaming (audio and video).
3) All lecture notes and powerpoint images.
4) Digitized laboratory images and text for all lab sessions.
5) A weekly image-based histology lab quiz.
6) Interactive, image-based histology exams for each unit with feedback on answer choices.

Testing of comprehension of Histology/Cell Biology includes four examinations with both written and image-based questions.

Objectives: At the end of the Histology/Cell Biology Course, the students will

  • Demonstrate identification of significant fine structural features of cells or tissues as viewed with transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, freeze-fracture electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, or other selected research techniques.
  • Demonstrate identification of the cells, tissues, and organs of the human body at the light microscopic level.
  • Demonstrate the ability to correlate the specialized or unique histological structural features at the light and electron microscopic levels with their normal function in the human body.

Core Anatomy Faculty: Drs. Rod Braun, Ph.D. (Course Director), A. Genene Holt, Kwaku Nantwi, P. Lalit Singh, Ryan Thummel.

Additional Participating Faculty: Dr. Gail Bentley (Pathology- WSU), Michelle Wheater (University of Detroit Mercy).

Histology is also available as a graduate course (ANA 7030, Microscopic Anatomy, 4 credits) offered in the Fall semester. Interested Ph.D. students may contact the course director for permission to enroll - Dr. Rod Braun (rbraun@med.wayne.edu).