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Summer Remediation Course for Medical Embryology

Course Director: Dr. Dennis M. DePace, Ph.D.

We have developed a web-based summer remediation course for medical students who have received a failing grade during their initial course in Medical Embryology.
-Students take the course on-line while remaining at their own institution.
-The course consists of materials from the Embryology content of the Gross Anatomy 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.

1. To review the basics of gametogenesis and the function of male and female gametes.
2. To provide insight into the processes of early development and the formation of the embryonic germ layers and their subsequent development into the various organ systems.
3. To provide an understanding of the complexities involved in the normal development of the organ systems.
4. To certify by means of a written examination that, upon successful completion of this course, the student has demonstrated an acceptable level of competency in the subject matter.

-The course is open only to medical students who have completed a medical school course that included embryology but who require a remediation of the conceptual principles of the discipline.
-Students must be registered in an accredited U.S.A. Medical 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 final exam.
-Prerequisite: Completion of a 1st year medical school curriculum that included Embryology.
-Students must have a computer equipped with either Internet Explorer of Safari and access to a reliable high-speed internet connection

Course Description:
-Course name: Summer Remediation Course in Medical Embryology
-Offered by the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine
-Tuition fee: $1100 (If taken concurrently with our Gross Anatomy Remedial course, the fee for the combined courses will be $2700
-The course material is available from June 13 until June 30, 2016.
-The course includes:

- The Course is divided into 10 sections (see detailed Syllabus below):

Final Exam:

-There will be a single Final Exam which will determine the student’s grade for the course. This exam is composed of 50 questions and lasts for 70 minutes (1.4 min per question).
-All questions are in the multiple choice format.
-Tor the Final Exam, a printed copy of the test will be sent to an Administrator designated by the student at his or her home institution. This Administrator will serve as proctor, thus ensuring proper conduct and also avoiding any problems with course administration through the Web (such as too many students using the site at the same time). The Administrators will send the completed scantron forms back to us for grading, along with the test booklets.

Grade Summary:
-Final Exam (100%)

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/Vista and requires a computer and use of the Respondus lockdown browser.
-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.

-Bonus points will be awarded for each section exam that a student gets 70% or better on the first attempt prior to the deadline for completion.  These will be factored into the student’s final grade.


-A feedback questionnaire will be requested from each enrolled student to evaluate the course resources (lecture notes, streaming video lectures, lecturers, help provided by the course director, 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 Embryology, 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 the Embryology component of our regular Gross Anatomy course, we expect that students passing this Summer Remediation Course in Medical Embryology will be well prepared to continue their medical education.


-The course is packaged and administered within the frame of Blackboard/Vista.
-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 Directors.
-Final grades will be sent to the student’s Dean for confirmation of course completion as well as to the student.

Dennis M. DePace Ph.D.
Course Director
Summer Remediation Course in Medical Embryology,
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Drexel University College of Medicine
2900 Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129

PH (215) 991-8475
FX (215) 843-9082

Registration form: https://www2.drexelmed.edu/NASR/

Course Syllabus:

-All lectures are approximately 50 minutes long unless otherwise indicated.

Section 1: Gametogenesis, Week One, Weeks 2, 3 and 4 and Placenta an Fetal Membranes should be completed by June 15
Section 1 Exam (Self Assessment)

Section 2: Musculoskeltal Development, Body Cavities, Respiratory System should be completed by June 17
Section 2 Exam (Self Assessment)

Section 3: Cardiovascular Development, Development of GI Tract and Related Organs should be completed by June 21
Section 3 Exam (Self Assessment)

Section 4: Genitourinary Development, Branchial Arches and Face Development, Eye and Ear Development should be completed by June 24
Section 4 Exam (Self Assessment)

Course Examination for Final Grade: June 30, 2016