by John McLachlan, PhD, Lecturio USMLE

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 neurolation 
  • Development and abnormalities of various organs 
Yet, your studying does not pay off without constant repetition. Apply your new embryological knowledge with 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 19
  • Duration 5:36 h
  • Quiz questions 20
  • Topic reviews 13


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!

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great instructor
By Mary B. on 30. November 2016 for Spermatogenesis and Oogenesis

thank you great instructor, helped me a lot in understanding what I was struggling with

Excellent overview for heart embryo
By Waasafa R. on 29. November 2016 for Blood Vessel and Heart Development

This video is great if your stuck on heart embryo, and you need someone to take you by the hand and guide you through the main points. It doesn't get into the nitty gritty, but it provides a good framework to build upon.

Great course
By erika g. on 18. November 2016 for Embryology

Its easy to understand, well explained and summirized. I would recomend it to medical students

Not an accurate gauge of understanding.
By Stewart B. on 18. November 2016 for Embryology - High Yield Questions

These questions have little to no relationship to depth of material offered in the advanced embryology course. Very good detail on the syndromes and pathologies present on the boards but this information is lacking in the course material.

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