Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development
Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

by Peter Ward, PhD

This course follows the discussion of reproductive development in the last course and shows how the germs cells (oocytes and spermatozoa) form in the ovaries and testes. We then see how fertilization occurs and how the newly-minted embryo implants into the uterus. We return to early development but follow the growth of the placenta and fetal membranes that nurture and support the embryo as it becomes a fetus. The course ends with a chronological review of the embryonic period and a short summary of events that occur in the fetal period, ending with birth.

You will outline the similarities and differences between oocytes and spermatozoa, how the two cell types combine to produce a genetically distinct zygote, and how the trophoblast develops to surround and protect the embryo. Furthermore, you will describe how twinning at various stages of development results in distinctive fetal membranes surrounding the developing embryos.

Peter Ward, Ph.D., will help you identify various clinical or pathologic conditions can arise during these processes.

Course Details

  • Videos 20
  • Duration 1:56 h
  • Quiz questions 0
  • Articles 0


Your Educators of course Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

 Peter Ward, PhD

Peter Ward, PhD

Peter J. Ward, Ph.D. has been teaching embryology, anatomy, histology, and neuroscience since 2005. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and later earned a Ph.D. in medical anatomy education from Purdue University. Dr. Ward enjoys finding ways to simplify the complex processes involved in human development and highlights the clinically-important aspects of embryology. Throughout these lectures, Dr. Ward shows how embryonic structures morph into the mature organs and other structures of the human body.

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Great if not for the break neck speed
By Joachim M. on 11. January 2018 for Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

It's good but way too fast. I've already watched the old course by another lecturer and had lectures at school and read my embryology book on this about 6 weeks ago and am using this as exam prep to remember what I've forgotten while focusing on anatomy till now but even though this is not new territory, it is still too fast. Have to pause to read the slides and rewind a lot. If this is watched by someone completely new to embryology, they'd have a hard time following this. It's funny there's a button to increase speed. Might wanna add an option to slow it down too. It could be more detailed but for me personally, this covers the level of detail in our exams.

too fast
By zeynep p. on 03. January 2018 for Oogenesis

very fast, please slow down . and we need more detailed lectures

awesome lectures
By Mohammad Ali K. on 28. December 2017 for Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

hello sir I just wanted to thank you for your great teaching it was the best embryology videos I've ever seen I use these and pass my semifinal you are awesome Dr.Ward