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 which not only concern the embryo, but many other components. 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 cover the following topics:
  • Fertilisation and the first weeks 
  • Folding and neurulation 
  • Development and abnormalities of various organs 
Study rarely pays 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 175
  • Duration 15:27 h
  • Quiz questions 334
  • 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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Cardiac and respiratory videos
By Yumna M. on 15. September 2020 for Development of Thoracic Region and Vasculature

Awesome in everyway. Very concise and important info, and quiz emphasised test material!

Live-saving lecture
By KARMELIA S. on 09. September 2020 for Oogenesis

This video is very helpful and high yield! Keep it up!

Great Lecture series
By Arjavon T. on 07. September 2020 for Mesoderm Derivatives: Paraxial and Intermediate Mesoderm

Hello Professor Ward. M1 student from CA here. I just wanted to say that I think these lectures are super awesome, and thank you for taking the time for ensuring good quality while also making great responses to student questions.

By James H. on 18. August 2020 for Development of the Nervous System, Head, and Neck

super tough course. I'll definitely come back to it and view it again. These videos are a little bit fast paced for me