Online Resources

Materials provided below consist of materials provided by course directors for the 3 lecture-based Fall term courses [Human Histology, Gross Anatomy & Embryology and Science of Medical Practice (SMP)].  This mini-curriculum can be completed at your own pace and in any order preferred.

Time permitting, take the opportunity to consider previewing the modules provided as part of your transition efforts.  We look forward to meeting you all in August to start your training process! 

Take care,
Kelaine Haas, PhD

Director of Integrated Education - Foundational Sciences

Human Histology & SMP

Prepare for Day 1 of Human Histology and Science of Medical Practice

Several of our Fall semester faculty have compiled a list of Khan Academy videos that cover foundational concepts required for your first-year Medical School courses. Please see the content linked below to review this material - you may want to do the practice questions first to determine where to focus your time and energy as you prepare.

In these courses, it is assumed that students entering these courses will have sufficient knowledge about the listed topics that they will be able to apply that knowledge to learning more advanced material in these areas. To assess whether or not your background knowledge is adequate to succeed, it is recommended that you do the associated quizzes in each topic. If you can successfully answer those questions, additional studying is probably not necessary. 

Gross Anatomy & Embryology

Recommended Readings Prior to Entering Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology - Fall 2019

The Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology course meets for two mornings a week, every week. The course progresses at a reasonable pace and each session covers a new topic. There are review labs; however, given the time restraints and material in the course, it is important to keep pace with the information.

The materials included here are intended to provide some of the basics of the Gross Anatomy course. The Intro Text (“The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy”) can be found at most undergraduate libraries, or can be purchased on Amazon ~$30. The Course Textbook and Course Atlas (“Clinically Oriented Anatomy” & “Atlas of Human Anatomy”) can be used throughout the semester to supplement lecture material, and can be purchased at the UMN bookstore at your convenience.

1. Intro Text:

The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy” (LANGE, by David Morton) -  [login with U of MN Internet ID required]

This book has 7 sections, each covering one of the 7 regions of the body. Each chapter begins with “The Big Picture” and ends with “Study Questions”. Use of this book for preparation to the Gross Anatomy should include becoming familiar with the “Big Picture” concepts, skimming the small details, and finish each chapter by answering the “Study Questions”. The small details will be covered in Gross Anatomy, but this text will introduce you to the scope and scale of the multitude of structures. We recommend the following chapters specifically:

  • Chapter 1. Back
  • Chapter 4. Heart
  • Chapter 6. Overview of the Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum
  • Chapter 17. Cranial Nerves
  • Chapter 29. Overview of the Upper Limb
  • Chapter 34. Overview of the Lower Limb

2. Course Textbook:

The textbook for Gross Anatomy is Moore, Dalley, Agur, Clinically Oriented Anatomy, LWW, 8th edition. It is a very detailed text of Gross Anatomy and contains everything that is needed for Gross Anatomy. It is also an excellent reference text to Gross Anatomy to retain for your entire career in Medicine. This textbook can be used as a supplement to the lectures; if a student is having difficulty understanding the material in lecture-format, the textbook can be referenced.

The required atlas for the course is ”Atlas of Human Anatomy” 7th edition, Netter (Elsevier). It may be helpful to skim your Netter Atlas to get comfortable with the organization. Note that Gross Anatomy and the Atlas are organized by Regions.

Gross Anatomy: Orientation Videos

Anatomy by the Systems: Put the Pieces Together

Orientation to Dissection--Instruments & Techniques (AAMC)
Introduction to Anatomical Terms & Conventions (Video)
Introduction to Anatomical Terms & Conventions (Notes)