Curriculum

Objectives

The Master of Sciences 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 physician assistant program environment.

The interdisciplinary M-ATS curriculum draws upon the strengths and collective expertise of faculty from the departments of anatomy and regenerative biology and pharmacology and physiology 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 Regenerative Biology and Systems Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
  • Genomic Medicine
  • Bioinformatics for Genomics

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. Anne Hirshfield) 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. Rosalyn Jurjus, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6150: Clinically Oriented Human Microscopic Anatomy Fall semester; Dr. Kurt Johnson, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6160: Clinically Oriented Human Functional Neuroanatomy  Spring semester; Dr. Kenna Peusner, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6181: Clinically-Oriented Human Gross Anatomy Spring semester; Dr. Jeffrey Rosenstein, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6292: Projects in Anatomical Sciences Spring semester; Dr. Rosalyn Jurjus, Course Director; 2 credits  Download Syllabus
ANAT 6223: Special Topics in Regenerative Medicine Fall and Spring semesters; Dr. Sally Moody and Dr. Mary Ann Stepp, Course Directors; 2 credits Download Syllabus
ANAT 6275: Advanced Studies in Translational Sciences Fall and Spring semesters; Dr. Anne Chiaramello, Course Director; 3 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 and advisor, Dr. Anne Hirshfield.

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

ANAT 6182: Fundamentals of Regenerative Biology and Systems Physiology Fall semester; Dr. Robert Hawley, Course Director; 4 credits Download Syllabus
MICR 6236: Genomic Medicine Fall semester; Dr. Tim 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
BMSC 6218: Ethics for Translational Sciences Spring semester; Dr. Linda Werling, Course Director; 2 credits Download Syllabus
MMED 8281: Molecular Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Excitable Tissues Spring semester; Dr. Xin Wang, Course Director; 3 credits Download Syllabus