MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology—Vesalius Program

The MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology—Vesalius Program is a two-year Master of Science degree that includes the Vesalius Certificate. It comprises three main components:

  1. Graduate courses in biomedical sciences
  2. Advanced teaching courses coupled with a one-on-one mentored teaching experience
  3. Primary biomedical research

The first year is devoted to establishing an advanced understanding of the biomedical sciences and neurosciences. Students take Medical Gross Anatomy and Medical Neurosciences in the first semester alongside first-year medical and graduate students. In the second semester of the first year, students continue with biomedical science coursing, taking either Medical Histology or Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition, students take Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences, a special graduate course designed to expose the student to the theory and practice of education.

During the second year, students will put theory into practice. The environment of the medical school classroom that the students experienced firsthand in their initial year will serve as the platform on which they will apply the techniques and principles to become effective educators. They will work closely with faculty to refine their teaching techniques in small groups and large lectures. The second year will also be spent conducting a research project. This work, mentored by a faculty member, will teach the student how to perform primary biomedical research and culminates in an independent research thesis.

Required Courses

  • GMS AN 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (var cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neurosciences (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 704, GMS MS 700 Experimental Design and Statistical Method/Elementary Biostatistics (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 801/802 Journal Club (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 720 Introduction to the Neurobiology of Education (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 806 Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 804 Special Topics (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius Module Teaching Practicum (var cr)

Students are also required to take one of the following three courses:

  • GMS AN 700 Medical Histology (6 cr)
  • GMS AN 722 Cellular Organization of Tissues (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 811 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 cr)

The Vesalius Certificate

The Vesalius Certificate is a three-course component of the MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology—Vesalius Program. Students typically start these courses after or alongside their first year medical and graduate school courses.

The certificate consists of three courses: one in the development of teaching skills in the biomedical sciences, followed by two practica courses that consist of one-on-one mentoring with experienced and award winning faculty. The Vesalius Certificate is also available as part of the PhD program in Anatomy & Neurobiology and, with permission from the program director, any student in the GMS program. For more information on how the program fits in with other degree programs see the Anatomy & Neurobiology Department website.

  • GMS AN 806 Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 804 Special Topics (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius Module Teaching Practicum (var cr)

Elective Courses

The student may take courses offered by the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and/or courses offered by other departments on the Medical Campus to fulfill this requirement. If it is deemed that an equivalent and appropriate course has been successfully completed in the preceding three years, the student may petition the Graduate Education Committee to be exempt from the course. If the petition is approved, then the course may be substituted for another course. Requests to substitute a course must be submitted in writing to the Graduate Education Committee before the time of registration.