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Improve Your Understanding of Anatomy and Physiology by Mastering Embryology

The study of embryology or the study of the unborn provides amazing clues which can be used to master the study of anatomy. Get ready to master gross anatomy.


What Is Embryology?

(Greek, en = in + bryein = to be full of) Embryology is the science of studying embryo development, which is usually applied to all development before birth (in humans, included both the embryonic and fetal period).


(Greek, en = in + bryein = to be full of)
An egg that has been fertilized by a sperm and undergone one or more divisions. Also the set of early developmental stages in which a plant or animal differs from its mature form.


(inner cell mass, Greek, en = in + bryein = to be full of and -blast, a primordial cell)
The cellular mass component of the blastocyst that will give rise to the embryo. The remainder of cells that form the wall are the trophoblast cells.

Embryonic Cell Cycle

Term describing the rapid rounds of mitosis occurring in early development following fertilisation. Cells alternate between mitosis and duplication of DNA without intervening growth periods (M, S, M phases) compared to the normal adult cell cycle that includes growth periods between each of these phases (M, G1, S, G2, M phase). Each round of cell division results in cells smaller in cytoplasm size that divide again before growth occurs.



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Achieve Your Goals Despite Obstacles and Challenges

If achieving goals was easy everyone would advance to the head of the class.  Many brilliant and talented people fail to realize their maximum potential because they do not push through difficult times.  Organization is a tool that is highly effective in achieving goals.  In my experience, the act of typing a strategy for getting the work done is as comforting as actually doing the work.  Large assignments should be broken down into weekly, daily, and hourly chores.  Use a list to check off each item and keep track of your progress.

In 2015 the American Council of Women and Diversity in Medicine, Science, Business, and Education will publish study aids which I designed to maximize your study time.  Whether you are preparing for the USMLE, NCLEX, or other allied health national examination, we have a product to assist you in excelling.  Stay encouraged and be resilient.  You can achieve your goals.

Professor Danna McKellar Ntaka

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