Medical Embryology

Course Director: Dr. Rod D. Braun

The overall goal of the Year 1 Embryology Course is to engage the medical student in learning the key concepts related to the development of human cells, tissues, and organs. Embryology is embedded into the Histology/Cell Biology course and integrated with the Histology and Gross Anatomy courses where appropriate. There are 18.5 lecture hours in Embryology. In addition to the lecture components, the Embryology course has web-based supplementary materials including:

  • On-line lecture streaming (audio and video).
  • All lecture notes as searchable PDF files.
  • Weekly review quizzes in embryology.
  • Practice self-scoring embryology exams.

Testing of comprehension of Embryology occurs as part of the Histology/Cell Biology exams.

Objectives: At the end of the Embryology Course, the students will:

  • Describe the sequence of development of the human body from fertilization through the establishment of the major organ systems and continuing through birth to adulthood.
  • Describe the contribution of various germ layers and precursors to definitive structures, including the role of cell interactions, induction, growth, and differentiation.
  • Correlate developmental events with the structural organization of the human body as observed in the study of gross anatomy and histology.
  • Describe the origin of commonly occurring malformations in terms of abnormal developmental processes.

Anatomy Teaching Faculty: Drs. Rod D. Braun (Course Director), D. Randall Armant, Bruce A. Berkowitz, Dennis J. Goebel, Ryan Thummel.