Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology
The M.S. degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology is a rigorous two-year program incorporating coursework in anatomical and neurobiological principles. In addition, the degree has a strong focus on producing outstanding educators through a combination of lecturing and one-on-one mentoring. The program also requires the acquisition of scholarly and scientific expertise through the generation of a Masters level thesis. The program for the M.S. degree consists of the equivalent of one year of foundational course work and at least one year of directly supervised research work. Candidates are required to complete 32 credits at the graduate level. Course selection for the M.S. program is done in consultation with your academic advisor.By the end of their first year of study, Masters students will normally be expected to have chosen an adviser from among the faculty of the Department, and to spend the first summer occupied with scientific research. This faculty member will then advise the student on which courses should be taken in the second year of their training.The research work carried out, and the results obtained, will be presented as a thesis atthe end of the M.S. program. This should be comparable in design and content to a full-length article in a scientific journal. The M.S. program has a maximum time limit of three years after first registration for the M.S. degree.
Required Courses for the M.S. Degree
|Medical Gross Anatomy (includes full cadaveric dissection)||8cr||AN701|
|Experimental Design & Statistical Methods
OR Elementary Biostatistics
OR SPH Introduction to Biostatistics
|Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences||2cr||AN806|
|Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship||2cr||AN809|
|Vesalius 3: Mentored Teaching Project||2cr||AN805|
|Research Colloquium in Anatomy & Neurobiology (Journal Club)||2cr||AN801/AN802|
|One Departmental Elective||2cr||List Below|
Elective Options for Masters Students
|Advanced Clinical Anatomy||2cr||AN708|
|Advanced Neuroanatomy (even numbered years)||4cr||AN724|
|Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
|Learning and Memory (even numbered years)||2cr||AN702|
|Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain||2cr||IM630|
|Methods in Neuroscience||4cr||AN718|
|Molecular Basis of Neurologic Disease||2cr||MS783|
|Neurobiology of Aging||2cr||AN707|
|Neurobiology of the Visual System (on demand)||2cr||AN807|
|Graduate Histology (odd numbered years)||2cr||AN824|
|Advanced Human Osteology||4cr||FA806|
|Biomedical Imaging Foundations||4cr||IM600|
|Cells, Organs and Tissues (Histology)||4cr||AN722|
|Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Neurobiology||4cr||AN777|
|Human Anatomy and Osteology||4cr||FS711|
|Molecular Biology of Forensic DNA||3cr||FS720|
Requirements for the Masters Vesalius Module
All Master’s degree students are required to complete the Vesalius Module. Students must have successfully completed the two following prerequisite courses to pursue the Vesalius Module.
The Module consists of three courses/components. The program begins with a course on the development of teaching skills 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.
Vesalius Module Components
|Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sceinces||2cr||AN806|
|Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship||2cr||AN809|
|Vesalius 3: Mentored Teaching Project (Practicum)||2cr||AN805|
Vesalius Module Prerequisites (choose 2)
|Medical Gross Anatomy||8cr||AN701|
Medical Gross Anatomy
8cr/4cr AN 701
4 cr AN 703
Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences
2 cr AN 806
Professional skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences
2 cr AN715
Research Colloquium (Journal Club)**
2 cr AN 801/802
2 cr List Above
FALL & SPRING
An approved statistics course
Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship
2 cr AN809
Vesalius 3: Teaching Practicum
2 cr AN805
Electives as desired (see list above)
To receive graduation credit in any course taken as part of the doctoral degree program, students must receive a “B-” grade of better. A grade of “C+” or lower is considered a failure. If there is a failure in one of the Basic Departmental Required Courses or Core Track Required Courses then this course will need to be remediated (refer to the Bulletin of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, under the Academic Policies and Procedures). If a grade of “C+” or lowers occurs in eight credit hours or more a student will be automatically terminated.
When the work of a course has not been completed within the semester of registration, the grade of “I” (incomplete) may be used. A grade of “I” can only be given if a student is doing passing work at the time they step out of the curriculum. This automatically becomes a permanent grade of “I” (unsatisfactory work) if the course work is not completed within the following academic year. Permanent grades of “I” are interpreted as failures.
Teaching is an essential part of our M.S. Degree program. M.S. candidates are required to complete 40 hours of teaching under the rubric of the Structured Practicum (AN805). This requirement is typically fulfilled during the first Spring or the second year of study. Each year the student will be given the opportunity to request his/her top teaching assignment choices. The GEC will then review all requests and, in consultation with Course Directors, will determine teaching assistant assignments based on student seniority, student choice and other matters that impact student course work/ thesis writing. The GEC will make every effort to match a student with his/her preferred teaching assignment. The GEC makes the final decision regarding teaching assignments. The following Departmental courses are commonly requested for graduate student teaching assignments. As shown, each course has a specific number of hours allocated to it.
Students may opt to teach in other courses, and may express their preference to the GEC. Prior to this request, students should have spoken with the Course Director of their chosen course to assess availability/feasibility.
The goals of the Masters in Anatomy & Neurobiology (Vesalius) Program are to provide trainees with the knowledge base and skills to become proficient in basic biomedical research and to develop outstanding pedagogic skills. Successful completion of these goals enables our students to pursue further studies in the biomedical sciences including teaching, research, and health care. At the conclusion of the program students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of Gross Anatomy, Neuroscience, Statistics, and other graduate level elective anatomical and neuroscience topics through successful completion of our core curriculum.
- Demonstrate proficiency in pedagogical skills in the context of the Teaching in Biomedical Sciences course and through teaching fellowships in core medical and graduate student courses (as listed above).
- Demonstrate an understanding of pedagogical theory through the development of a mentored Vesalius teaching practicum, which involves the development of a didactic lesson or exercise under the direct mentorship of department faculty.
- Demonstrate proficiency in scientific data acquisition and analysis through mentored research in one of the department’s research labs.
- Describe and interpret scientific findings of their laboratory research study through the development of a written, publication-quality thesis.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the professional skills (including an ability to read and interpret scientific literature) required of biomedical scientists and educators.