PMOL002 – Heart & Lung Embryology


The Thoracic Embryology course discusses how the heart and lungs develop with comments on early embryology, fetal and postnatal circulation and common congenital heart malformations. We use the extraordinary images from texts published by Elsevier and selected Embryology animations from the Larsen Embryology text. A must for future health professionals.


1. Discuss how the primitive heart tube forms, compare the components of the heart tube that are derived from the primary and secondary heart fields, and how cardiac looping changes the position of the future atria and ventricles.

2. Describe how and why the atrioventricular canal is realigned, how the atria enlarge and the atrioventricular valves form.

3. Compare and contrast the changes that occur in fetal versus postnatal circulation.

4. Summarize how the interatrial, interventricular and conotruncal septa form and the involvement of neural crest.

5. Classify acyanotic and cyanotic congenital heart malformations.

6. State the mechanisms involved in early lung development and the cause and common form of a tracheoesophageal fistula

7. Describe how the bronchi and bronchioles branch and how the alveoli develop.


dr-white-phdJAMES S. WHITE. Ph.D.

James S. White, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine, where he participates in the teaching of a number of courses, including Human Gross Anatomy, Cell and Tissue Biology and Brain and Behavior. Dr. White has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania for 25 years.

He is the is the author of two review books, USMLE Road Map Neuroscience (2008 McGraw-Hill) and USMLE Road Map Gross Anatomy (2006 McGraw-Hill), and a co-author of the Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 1 Anatomy Lecture Notes.

Dr. White has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA, and a Ph.D in Anatomy from The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. White has received over 20 teaching awards including the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching at the Perelman School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. White was elected as an honorary member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.



01. (25.) Thoracic Embryology; Early Embryology, body folding and formation of the primitive heart tube

02. (26.)Thoracic Embryology; Cardiac looping, primary and secondary heart fields

03. (27.)Thoracic Embryology; Formation of the atrioventricular canal and its realignment

04. (28.)Thoracic Embryology; Enlargement of the atria and formation of the atrioventricular valves

05.(29.)Thoracic Embryology; Fetal circulation

06. (30.)Thoracic Embryology; Formation of the interatrial septum

07. (31.)Thoracic Embryology; Postnatal circulation

08. (32.)Thoracic Embryology; Interventricular and Conotruncal septum formation

09. (33.)Thoracic Embryology; Congenital cardiac malformations

10. (34.)Thoracic Embryology; Early lung development and tracheoesophageal fistula

11. (35.)Thoracic Embryology; Branching of the bronchi and alveolar developments


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cal-icon Begins 10/15/16
Length 4.5 Hours
Lectures 11
Credential Certificate
Introductory Price $55

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