by John McLachlan, PhD, Lecturio USMLE, 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 205
  • 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!

 Lecturio USMLE

Lecturio USMLE

Preparing for the USMLE is the most significant and stressful time during medical school. We are passionate about teaching medicine and are dedicated to provide you with the best preparation possible. Our vast range of resources and knowledge will help you to be ready for your USMLE and achieve your goals.
 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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Well structured and the explanation is really good
By Kristina G. on 12. January 2018 for Fertilization to Bilaminar Embryo

It is super understandably explained :-) I really enjoy listening to you!

very understandable
By Felicitas K. on 12. January 2018 for Development of the Abdominopelvic Region

he made everything really clear.. it's hard sometimes to get everything by just reading embryology book, but thanks to him it's not that difficult :)

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.

Very nice
By Alexander R. on 03. January 2018 for Early development and the organogenic period

Really nice man! Quick and concise videos. Keep up the work.

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