by John McLachlan, PhD, Peter Ward, PhD

Prepare for embryology questions in the USMLE!

Embryology is more than observing how an egg turns into an adult. But what exactly does this important medical field entail? This question and others will be answered in this introductory course on embryology. As you will see, studying the processes of fertilization and beyond reveals many important facts apart from the embryo itself. Find out how adult diseases such as cancer develop and learn more about the characteristics and diagnosis of inherited diseases in this comprehensive online course.

This course will give you a thorough introduction to embryology and thus cover the following topics: >
  • Fertilisation and the first weeks 
  • Folding and neurulation 
  • Development and abnormalities of various organs 
Yet, your studying does not pay off without constant repetition. Apply your new embryological knowledge to our set of USMLE-style questions! Designed for medical students, our question sets cover a wide range of topics and include the corresponding detailed explanations and diagrams. Combined, the lectures and the questions will help you shine in your exams!

Course Details

  • Videos 174
  • Duration 15:15 h
  • Quiz questions 200
  • Articles 25


Your Educators of course Embryology

 John McLachlan, PhD

John McLachlan, PhD

John McLachlan is Professor of Medical Education at Durham University, is a UK National Teaching Fellow, and formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Journal "Medical Education". He has been teaching Embryology to medical students for many years, apparently to their pleasure and benefit!

 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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By foday K. on 26. May 2018 for Ectoderm Derivatives and Neurulation

It was easy for me to follow the professor as he was explaining the materials. I could understand the concepts and the process.

Great lecture
By Bruno T. on 20. May 2018 for Ectoderm Derivatives and Neurulation

The lecture was clear and the material is high quality. I wish it was made a little bit clearer what the neural plate is.

Great lecturer. Great explanation
By Luana H. on 16. May 2018 for Gastrulation and the Trilaminar Embryo

This is a great lecturer who gives great detailed explanation. Unfortunately, he's limited by Lecturio, as it hasn't been able to incorporate videos as visual aid to the lectures yet. Embryo, particularly, is very complex an image to mind picture, especially to young learners, and when you feel there were a few things left to imagination, you know something is missing. I believe videos would be the cherry on top, and would make a great tool for what I think it is almost a perfect way of learning, as it is Lecturio and its lecturers.

Love Prof McLachlan style
By Jittikun C. on 13. May 2018 for Embryology: Early Stages with John McLachlan

I love the entire series by Prof. McLachlan. Although I can see that his style of resentation is not optimized for test taking, it is actually fun and thought provoking. I like his earlier introduction that talked about how removing a cell from the 8 cell stage or push two morulas together doesn't seem to imterfere with the development.

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