Anatomy & Neurobiology: MS
from the Bulletin
The MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology—Vesalius Program leads to 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, and (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.