Curriculum

Objectives

The Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS) has a comprehensive and clinically oriented curriculum to strengthen foundations in basic medical sciences and translational sciences. M-ATS will provide an academic platform to demonstrate academic abilities in a rigorous medical school or health sciences program environment.

The interdisciplinary M-ATS curriculum draws upon the strengths and collective expertise of faculty from the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Medicine of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Year 1 of the M-ATS program shares the curriculum with the Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS). Year 1 will focus on the clinically oriented medical sciences taught in the first year of medical school, including:

  • Human Embryology
  • Human Microscopic Anatomy
  • Human Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Human Gross Anatomy

Year 2 of the M-ATS program builds upon the GCATS program by integrating medical knowledge pertinent to:

  • Fundamentals of Translational Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
  • Genomic Medicine
  • Biomedical Ethics for Translational Sciences

Program Requirements

  • Credit Requirement: 38 credit hours
  • Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average or better and no grades of“C” in the required courses
  • Time Limit Requirement: The master’s program must be completed within two years for full-time students and within four years for part-time students
  • The Program Director (Dr. Robert Hawley) must approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “a program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration

Courses

In year 1, students will enroll in the following required courses:

ANAT 6130: Clinically Oriented Human Embryology Fall semester; Dr. Xiaoyan Zheng & Dr. Victor Taylor, Course Directors; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6150: Clinically Oriented Human Microscopic Anatomy Fall semester; Dr. Robert Hawley & Dr. Ahdeah Pajoohesh-Ganji, Course Directors; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6160: Clinically Oriented Human Functional Neuroanatomy  Spring semester; Dr. Kathryn DeVeau, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6181: Clinically-Oriented Human Gross Anatomy Spring semester; Dr. Nicole DeVaul, Course Director; 4 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6292: Projects in Anatomical Sciences Spring semester; Dr. Marc Spencer & Dr. Kathyrn DeVeau, Course Directors; 1 credit Download Syllabus
ANAT 6223: Special Topics in Regenerative Medicine Fall and Spring semesters; Dr. Kurt Johnson, Course Director; 2 credits Download Syllabus

Students can select either ANAT 6223, ANAT 6275 or a hybrid of the two courses for Year 1 of M-ATS, based on their interest. Prior to registration, this choice must be approved by the Program Director, Dr. Robert Hawley.

In Year 2, students will enroll in the following required courses:

ANAT 6182: Fundamentals of Translational Science Fall semester; Dr. Alex Tzatsos, Course Director; 4 credits Download Syllabus
MICR 6236: Genomic Medicine Fall semester; Dr. Timothy McCaffrey, Course Director; 2 credits Download Syllabus
PHAR 6205: Pharmacology I  Fall semester; Dr. Travis O’Brien, Course Director; 5 credits Download Syllabus
PHAR 6206: Pharmacology II Spring semester; Dr. Travis O’Brien, Course Director; 5 credits Download Syllabus
PHAR 6116: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine Spring semester; Dr. Travis O’Brien, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6219: Ethics for Translational Sciences Spring semester; Dr. Ahdeah Pajoohesh-Ganji , Course Director; 2 credits Download Syllabus