ANAT 205 - Human Embryology


This course is taught to level 200 medical and dental students who are introduced to basic concepts in human embryology. In the early part of the course students are introduced to ethical and social issues of human reproductive biology with respect to contraception, ART, and cloning. This is followed by general embryology focussed on pre-zygotic and immediate post-zygotic events including development of the foetal membranes and establishment of body form. Students are then taught systemic embryology involving, cardiovascular, central nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and genito-urinary systems. Throughout the course there is brief discussion of the origin of major human malformation and birth defects. Students are impressed upon to correlate what they learn with the gross anatomy and histology lectures.