School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Medical Embryology

Course Director: Dr. Rod Braun

Embryology is embedded into the Histology/Cell Biology course and integrated where appropriate. Testing of comprehension of Embryology occurs as part of the Histology/Cell Biology exams.

The overall goal of Embryology is to engage medical students in learning the key concepts related to the development of human cells, tissues and organs. There are 24 lecture hours in Embryology including three hours of review lectures. In addition to the lecture components, the Embryology course have web-based supplementary materials including:

1) On-line lecture streaming (audio and video).
2) All lecture notes and powerpoint images.
3) Normal and abnormal embryo images with text
4) Free access to an embryology web site
5) Practice self-scoring embryology exams
6) Weekly review quiz in embryology

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the sequence of development of the human body from fertilization through the establishment of the major organ systems and continuing through birth to adulthood.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the contribution of various germ layers and precursors to definitive structures, including the role of cell interactions, induction, growth, and differentiation.
  • Be able to 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. Bruce Berkowitz, D. Randall Armant, Ryan Thummel, Andrei Tkatchenko, Jessie Wood.

Additional Participating Faculty: Dr. John Hannigan (Obstetrics and Gynecology- WSU).

Embryology is also available as a graduate course (ANA 7080, 2 credits) offered in the Fall semester. Interested Ph.D. students may contact the graduate course director for permission to enroll - Dr. Harry Maisel ( Students should take Gross Anatomy concurrently or as a prerequisite to Embryology.