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Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Related Programs and Courses

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Gross Anatomy and Embryology

The Gross Anatomy course introduces the student to the normal structure and development of the human. The course is organized in a regional format with study of the back and upper limb, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, lower limb, and head and neck. Emphasis is placed on musculoskeletal and neurovascular relationships in the back, limbs, head and neck and on the location, blood supply, lymphatic drainage, innervation and relationships among organs in the major body cavities. Functional and clinical correlates are presented for each region as well. Early development of the embryo and specific development of organ systems are discussed where relevant.

Dissection of human cadavers is an important component of the course and affords the students the opportunity to discover anatomical structures and variations among individuals, develop empathy for those who have donated their bodies for study and to develop communication skills appropriate to working in a team setting (IFM).

The course material is presented in lecture, laboratory and online content. All of these formats provide an opportunity to introduce the student to the various diagnostic imaging modalities and the anatomy that each may demonstrate.

Related Program:
MD Interdisciplinary Foundations of Medicine (IFM) Year One
MD Program for Integrated Learning (PIL)

Course Director:
IFM and PIL – Dennis DePace, PhD

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IFM Gross Anatomy (login required)
PIL Gross Anatomy and Embryology

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Medical Neuroscience

This course will provide extensive information regarding structure and function relationships in the central nervous system. It will also provide introductory information on neurophysiology, cellular neuroscience and systems neuroscience topics. It teaches the structure and function of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system with an emphasis on clinical relevance. It teaches students to identify symptoms associated with injury, stroke or common disease entities in the central and peripheral nervous system. It teaches students to identify common neurological problems to provide the necessary background for behavioral science, pharmacology, and pathology and prepares them for board exams.

Related Programs:
MD Interdisciplinary Foundations of Medicine (IFM) Year One
MD Program for Integrated Learning (PIL)

Course Directors:
IFM – Jed Shumsky, PhD
PIL – Francis Sessler, PhD

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IFM Medical Neuroscience
PIL Medical Neuroscience

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Microscopic Anatomy

Microscopic anatomy is the study of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems at the light microscope and electron microscope levels. The course extends across the first nine modules of the year, and includes formal lectures, laboratories and small-group lab activities. The laboratories utilize glass slides as well as digitized, fully annotated slides that are available on the course website along with many additional study resources.

Related Program:
MD Interdisciplinary Foundations of Medicine (IFM) Year One
MD Program for Integrated Learning (PIL)

Course Director:
IFM and PIL – Haviva Goldman, PhD

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IFM Microscopic Anatomy
PIL Microscopic Anatomy

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Neurobiology Topics

Neurobiology Topics is a graduate journal club course in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy and the Neuroscience graduate program. The course meets every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at 2900 Queen Lane, Room 261, unless otherwise announced. Neurobiology Topics is a required course for students in the Neurobiology graduate program, but non-registered students, staff and faculty often attend and are welcome.

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Neurobiology Topics

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Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Graduate School's Neuroscience program takes an interdisciplinary approach to this field of study, utilizing faculty from several different departments to deliver advanced research training and fundamental coursework. Students in the program can earn a master's or PhD degree, leading to careers in scientific research, pharmaceutical research, academic administration, public policy and more.

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Neuroscience Graduate Program

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Neuroscience Senior Elective

The course (4 weeks) runs concurrently with PIL Neurosciences (September/October) or IFM (March/April/May). It provides a review of medical neurosciences for seniors considering training in neurology, neurosurgery and related areas. Students participate in the teaching of neuroscience labs, write one review paper (~15 pages) about a specific topic in neuroscience, research the pros and cons of a treatment or method related to the research topic (~3 pages), work on a tutorial to teach neuroscience, and present their work in a PowerPoint presentation format to a panel of faculty.

Related Program:
MD

Course Directors:
Hazel Murphy and Francis Sessler, PhD

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Neuroscience Senior Elective

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Summer Remediation Courses

Summer remediation courses include:

  • Medical Gross Anatomy
  • Medical Embryology
  • Medical Microanatomy
  • Medical Neuroscience

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Summer Remediation Courses

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Neuroscience Camp for High School Students

Drexel University College of Medicine is seeking highly motivated current high school juniors and sophomores who are enrolled in an academic curriculum and demonstrate strong interest in neuroscience topics and research. The Neuroscience Camp features hands-on experience and participants will also receive instruction in literature searching and project presentation. Students will learn common neuroscience laboratory procedures and will work on small group lab projects together.

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Neuroscience Camp for High School Students

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