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  • Human Embryology and Gross Anatomy

    The primary goal of Medical Embryology and Gross Anatomy (MEGA) is to provide students with a basic understanding of the gross anatomy, embryology and radiologic imaging of the entire human body. This course prepares students to apply anatomy and embryology concepts to the clinical sciences, and to apply radiologic imaging toward the diagnosis of clinical disorders. MEGA is an intense, integrated 16-week regionally based curriculum with dissections, peer teaching and learning, as well as self-directed active learning forming the basis for the laboratory.  Additional lectures in embryology and imaging provide a clinical foundation for the remainder of the student's medical education.  

  • Medical Microscopic Anatomy

    The structure of cells, tissues, and organs is studied, and the functional significance of their morphological features is presented.  Laboratory materials offer firsthand observations of structures in human, non-human primates, and other mammalian tissues through the study of digitized static labeled images and digitized images that are virtual slides when viewed using your laptop computer as a "virtual microscope."  Students are expected to learn to "read" images in order to identify specific structures, cells, tissues, and organs and to integrate basic concepts and principles of microscopic anatomy and histophysiology as they pertain to clinical medicine.  Learning experiences are intended to foster critical thinking skills about contemporary topics that correlate basic science studies with clinical problems.  The course provides the structural basis to understand principles to be learned in biochemistry, physiology, pathology, and internal medicine.