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Summer Remediation Course for MD Students Medical Microanatomy

Course Director: Dr. Haviva Goldman


We have developed a web-based summer remediation course for medical students who have received a failing grade during their initial course in Medical Microanatomy.

Students take the course on-line while remaining at their own institution.

The course consists of materials from the Microanatomy course at Drexel University College of Medicine (see Syllabus below) and is presented in a fashion that allows the students to progress at their own rate within established limits.

Some modular options will be available for remediation involving multidisciplinary integrated courses. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

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  • To review the structure of cells, tissues, and organs at the microscopic level, with an emphasis on clinical relevance.
  • To demonstrate the principle that structure reflects function, and to introduce the idea that derangements in function (pathologies) often result from or cause changes in structure.
  • To serve as a bridge that conceptually connects the molecular events learned in Biochemistry and Physiology to the macroscopic structures studied in Gross Anatomy.
  • To provide the background necessary for success in the study of Pathology.
  • To certify by means of written and practical exams that, upon successful completion of this course, the student has demonstrated an acceptable level of competency in the subject matter.

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  • The course is open only to students registered in an accredited U.S.A Medical or Dental School, or equivalent.
  • Students must provide written approval from their Administrator (usually the Dean of Students) in order to take the course.
  • Students must also supply written assurance from their Administrator that a proctor will be supplied to administer the mid-term and final exams.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of a 1st year medical school curriculum that included Microanatomy (Cell Biology and Histology).

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Medical Microanatomy Course Description

  • Course name: Summer Remediation Course in Medical Microanatomy
  • Offered by the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • Tuition fee: $2200 (please contact us for pricing and availability for remediation involving integrated multidisciplinary modules).
  • The course material is available from June 11 until July 13 with a Midterm Exam on June 25, and a Final Exam on Friday, July 13, 2018.

The course includes:

  • Approximately 57 lecture hours presented as streaming video.
  • Lecture notes that can be downloaded or viewed simultaneously with the streaming video.
  • A virtual microscopy lab experience based on annotated digitized glass slides.
  • A lab manual that can be downloaded or viewed simultaneously with the slides.
  • Section Exams that will not count toward the final grade but will provide feedback to the students as they progress through the course, and also serve as practice for the Midterm and Final Exams.
  • A Medical School faculty member available for questions and answers via telephone or email.

The course is divided into 7 sections (see detailed Syllabus below):

  1. Introduction to Microscopy, & Cell Biology
  2. Epithelium, Connective Tissue, & Skin
  3. Muscle & Nerve, Cartilage & Bone
  4. Respiratory and Endocrine Systems
  5. Blood, Cardiovascular System, & Lymphoid Organs
  6. Digestive System
  7. Urinary System, and Male & Female Reproductive Systems

Midterm & Final Exams:

  • There will be a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. These are THE ONLY exams that will count toward the final course grade.
  • The Midterm will be on June 25, 2018, and will cover the material from Sections 1-3 and contribute to 45% of the course grade. This exam has 50 Questions and lasts for 70 minutes (1.4 min per question)
  • The Final Exam will be on July 13, 2018, and will cover only the material from Sections 4-7 and contribute to 55% of the course grade. This exam has 75 Questions and lasts 105 minutes (1.4 min per question)
  • All questions are in the multiple choice format, and approximately half will include images.
  • Both the Midterm and Final Exams will be taken online through Blackboard Learning System at the student's home school. If online arrangements cannot be made, paper exams will be mailed to an Administrator designated by the student who can proctor the exam and return it to us by mail for grading, along with the test booklets.

Section Exams:

  • At the end of each section there will be a Section Exam. These will help students assess their understanding of the material from that one section but WILL NOT count toward the final grade.
  • Each Section Exam is taken through Blackboard LMS and requires a computer with the Respondus Lockdown Browser installed.
  • Each Section Exam is composed of 50 questions and lasts for 70 minutes.
  • Passing a Section Exam will allow the student to start the next section. If a student fails to obtain a grade of 70% or more in a Section Exam, he or she must retake the exam the following day. A second failure on a Section Exam will not affect the course grade or prevent the student from moving on to the next section, but it will be reported to the student's home institution along with the final course grade.


  • A feedback questionnaire will be requested from each enrolled student to evaluate the course resources (lecture notes, streaming video lectures, lecturers, virtual microscopy resource, exams, help provided by the course directors, overall quality of the course, areas for improvement, etc.)
  • Success on the final exam will indicate that the student has reached a level of proficiency in Medical Microanatomy, similar to that of other medical students in this institution.
  • Since the material taught and the tests used in this course are equivalent to those used in our regular Microanatomy course, we expect that students passing this Summer Remediation Course in Medical Microanatomy will be well prepared to continue their medical education.


  • The course is packaged and administered using the Blackboard LMS.
  • The course is offered through the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and all administrative tasks related to the course will be handled by the Course Director.
  • Final grades will be sent to the student's Dean for confirmation of course completion as well as to the student.

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Medical Microanatomy Course Syllabus

All lectures are approximately 50-60 minutes long unless otherwise indicated. Labs are to be completed online by virtual microscopy, using annotated digitized glass slides and the online lab manual.

Sections 1, 2, and 3 must be completed between June 11 and Jun 24, 2018.

Section 1 (Introduction to Microscopy, & Cell Biology):

  • Introduction to Light Microscopy (1.5 hrs)
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Mitochondria
  • Cell Junctions
  • Lysosomes & Peroxisomes
  • Nucleus, Endoplasmic Reticulum, & Golgi
  • The Differentiated Cell
  • Lab 1: Microscopy, Stains, & Organelles
  • Section Exam: Section 1

Section 2 (Epithelium, Connective Tissue, & Skin):

  • Epithelia & Glands (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 2: Epithelia & Glands
  • Connective Tissue (2 hrs)
  • Lab 3: Connective Tissue
  • Integument (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 4: Integument
  • Slide Review Lecture: Section 2 (2 hrs)
  • Section Exam: Section 2

Section 3 (Muscle & Nerve, Cartilage & Bone):

  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Cardiac & Smooth Muscle
  • Lab 5: Muscle
  • Peripheral Nerve & Ganglia
  • Motor & Sensory Nerve Endings
  • Lab 6: Nerve
  • Slide Review Lecture (2 hrs)
  • Cartilage
  • Bone
  • Lab 7: Cartilage & Bone
  • Bone Formation & Joints (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 8: Bone Formation & Joints
  • Slide Review Lecture: (1 hrs)
  • Section Exam: Section 3
  • Midterm Exam: June 25th, covers Sections 1, 2, 3

Sections 4, 5, 6 & 7 must be completed between June 25 and July 12, 2018

Section 4 (Endocrine Organs and Respiratory System):

  • Hypophysis
  • Thyroid & Parathyroid
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Lab 9: Endocrine Organs
  • Respiratory System
  • Lab 10: Respiratory System
  • Slide Review Lecture: Section 4 (2 hrs)
  • Section Exam: Section 4

Section 5 (Blood, Cardiovascular System, & Lymphoid Organs):

  • Blood (2 hrs)
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Lab 11: Blood & Hematopoiesis
  • Cardiovascular System (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 12: Cardiovascular System
  • Thymus
  • Lymph Nodes & Spleen
  • Lab 13: Lymphoid Organs
  • Slide Review Lecture: Section 5 (2.5 hrs)
  • Section Exam: Section 5

Section 6 (Digestive System):

  • Teeth
  • Upper GI Tract (2 hrs)
  • Lab 14: Upper GI
  • Lower GI Tract (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 15: Lower GI
  • Liver, Gall Bladder & Pancreas (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 16: Liver, Gall Bladder & Pancreas
  • Slide Review Lecture: Section 6 (2 hrs)
  • Section Exam: Section 6

Section 7 (Urinary System, and Male & Female Reproductive Systems):

  • Urinary System (1.5 hrs)
  • Lab 17: Urinary System
  • Ovary
  • Female Reproductive Tract
  • Lab 18: Female Reproductive System
  • Placenta
  • Mammary Gland
  • Lab 19: Placenta & Mammary Gland
  • Testis
  • Male Reproductive Tract
  • Lab 20: Male Reproductive System
  • Slide Review: Section 7 (3 hrs)
  • Section Exam: Section 7
  • Final Exam: Sections 4, 5, 6 & 7

Final Exam is on July 13, 2018, and covers Sections 4, 5, 6 & 7.

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