Online Resources

Materials provided below make up the 'Online' component of the On-Boarding. These 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! 

Be well,
Kelaine Haas, PhD, Director of Integrated Education - Foundation Science

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.  However, each meeting is a new topic. There are no review labs and there is never time to catch-up. Thus, it is critical to never fall behind.

Many students in the course will have previously attended an anatomy course as an undergraduate. While these courses are not as rigorous as Gross Anatomy, there are many components that prepare the student well for gross anatomy. For students who have not previously completed an anatomy course, they will find learning how to study for anatomy a new and different experience.

In lieu of an anatomy course, there are a couple of options that can be very helpful in the preparation of the Gross Anatomy course. Below are some suggestions for your Gross Anatomy preparations in Human Structure and Function:

1. Intro Text:

An introductory textbook called “The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy” (LANGE, by David Morton). This text was produced with the goal of preparing the undergraduate student to embark on a rigorous Gross Anatomy course.   An electronic copy is available here. [login with U of MN Internet ID required]

This book has 7 sections, each covering one of the 7 regions of the body. Overall, there are 38 short chapters. 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. However, as an introduction, being aware of the scope and scale of the multitude of structures is sufficient.

2. Course Textbook:

The textbook for Gross Anatomy is Moore, Dalley, Agur, Clinically Oriented Anatomy, LWW, 6th 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.

The first chapter (p. 1 – 70) is an excellent Introduction to Gross Anatomy. Everything from approaches to the study of anatomy, to Anatomical terminology, planes, and positions, to an introduction to all systems in the body, to medical imaging techniques (radiology is included in Medical gross anatomy). This section of the text would be an excellent preparation for the start of Gross Anatomy.


The required atlas for the course is ”Atlas of Human Anatomy” 6th edition, Netter (Elsevier). It might also be a good idea to flip through your Netter Atlas to get comfortable with the organization. Note that Gross Anatomy and the Atlas are organized by Regions.

Gross Anatomy: Orientation Videos