The Vesalius Certificate in Teaching Anatomy and Neurobiology

The Vesalius Certificate, which is an integral part of the program for master’s students, is typically awarded through a three-course module as part of the MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology Vesalius Program. Students typically start these courses during their first year of study.

The Vesalius Certificate is also available as an optional part of the PhD program in Anatomy & Neurobiology and, with permission from the program director, to any student in the GMS program. For more information on how the program fits in with other degree programs, see the Anatomy & Neurobiology Department site.

Requirements for the Master’s Vesalius Certificate

To pursue the Vesalius Certificate, students are required to have taken the following two prerequisite courses:

  • GMS AN 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr)

The certificate consists of three courses/components. The program begins with a course on skills required for teaching in the biomedical sciences. This is followed by a teaching apprenticeship (40 hours service as a Teaching Fellow in one or more of the medical or graduate required courses, above), and concludes with a Mentored Teaching Project that involves the development of a didactic lesson or exercise under the direct mentorship of experienced and award-winning faculty.

  • GMS AN 804 Vesalius II: Teaching Apprenticeship (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius III: Mentored Teaching Project (Practicum) (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 806 Vesalius I: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)

Requirements for the PhD Vesalius Certificate

To pursue the Vesalius Certificate, PhD students are required to have taken at least two of the following prerequisite courses:

  • GMS AN 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 810 Systems Neurobiology (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 811 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 cr)

The certificate consists of three courses/components, two of which (Vesalius I & II) are included in the list of required courses for all PhD students. The program begins with a course on the development of teaching skills in the biomedical sciences. This is followed by a teaching apprenticeship (240 hours service as a Teaching Fellow in one or more of the medical or graduate required courses, above), and concludes with a Mentored Teaching Project that involves the development of a didactic lesson or exercise under the direct mentorship of experienced and award-winning faculty.

  • GMS AN 804 Vesalius II: Teaching Apprenticeship (6 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius III: Mentored Teaching Project (Practicum) (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 806 Vesalius I: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)