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 Juan A. on 14. September 2018 for Mesoderm Derivatives: Lateral Plate Mesoderm and Body Wall

The lectures are concise, very to the point but yet hit all the critical points and it is very easy to understand. Embryology for me is really difficult to picture. However, after watching these videos, I feel as though I can finally make sense out of what I am reading and what is being presented in class.

Great lecture
By Lan W. on 13. September 2018 for Development of Spinal Cord and Brainstem

Great lecture with in depth knowledge! Easy to understand and follow the lecture

I'm very grateful for this course
By Isabelle B. on 12. September 2018 for Early Development and the Organogenic Period

Thank you for every lecture this course! It's so good to understand a topic that isn't easy and have a view general for the start it's so important to learn more deeply. Let's go for more!

Great lecture but needs more questions
By Ramil D. on 10. September 2018 for Ectoderm Derivatives and Neurulation

Clear and concise. Also appreciate the pace that he was going. Wish there were more questions though

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