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Subtitles: English, Russian
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Flexible deadlines

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Hours to complete

Approx. 33 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Introduction

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Reading
2 videos (Total 6 min), 7 readings
Video2 videos
Welcome and introduction4m
Reading7 readings
Meet the instructors & the team10m
Welcome to Leiden University!5m
Complete our short survey10m
Graphic content warning5m
Tips for studying online5m
Being successful in an international virtual learning environment10m
Behaving in an academic way5m
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Mapping the abdomen and pelvis

Welcome to the first week of the course. Have you ever wondered what lies inside your abdomen? Do you know where the spleen or appendix is situated? Would you like to know how the physician looks at it and get the basics of a physical examination of the abdomen? Do you want to understand how all these structures can be seen on scans or X-rays? During this week you will get a better understanding of these things. We also lay the foundation for the following weeks of the course, like basic things to know about vascularization, the nervous system, embryology, and the wonderful membrane holding all these structures together: the peritoneum....
Reading
9 videos (Total 58 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video9 videos
Follow the food - A tour along the intestines8m
Anatomy on the table - 'Follow the food': A tour along the intestines8m
What do you see if you open the abdomen7m
Anatomy on the table - What do you see if you open the abdomen9m
Human Anatomy 101 - What you need to knowm
Working with the viewers10m
A tour of the abdomen and pelvis in the viewers9m
Summary of module ‘Mapping the abdomen’1m
Reading4 readings
Getting the names right10m
Links to some 101 readers10m
Location of cross-sectional viewers1m
'Reading' cross-sections10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Follow the food12m
'What lies here doctor?'14m
What you need to know28m
Working with the viewers10m
Diving into the cross-sections14m
Test your knowledge20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Trip into the gut

After the first introduction of the abdomen with all its organs, this week we will focus at some microscopy and the first stages of gut development in the embryo. The gut starts as a simple straight tube which differentiates further into a internalized tract with specialized sections, each with its own function. You will learn how the esophagus transports your food, while its lower sphincter prevents food from returning - even if you're upside down! Then you will focus on how the stomach drenches all food in an extremely acid pool, attacking ingested bacteria and starting the digestion. That same acid would also damage the duodenum, so protective action is required. You will follow the digestion further down the tract, with its extensive folds and specialized cells and end up with more and more solid bowel contents when water is extracted in the colon. In order to demonstrate some functions further, we also have to dive into the world of microscopy. Join us on this trip into the gut with all its ingenious structural specializations along the way!...
Reading
10 videos (Total 34 min), 9 readings, 4 quizzes
Video10 videos
Four layer model4m
Peristalsis and muscle layer orientation: in-depth3m
Esophagus histology at a glance3m
Stomach histology in a nutshell2m
GI Tract histology: Some practical pointersm
A slice of the gut at a glance5m
Introduction embryology and what happened before...1m
Folding of the embryo6m
Cavities5m
Reading9 readings
Histology 101: Some basics & links5m
GI Tract histology: Short summary10m
CASK GI Tract microscopy: Interactive tutorial5m
Embryology 101: Holding or folding10m
Anatomy on the table - Lower oesophagus30m
Anatomy on the table - Stomach30m
Anatomy on the table - The small intestines30m
Anatomy on the table - The large intestines30m
Anatomy on the table - The rectum and anus30m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Basic embryology10m
Anatomy on the table40m
Integration with the clinic - macroscopy6m
Test your knowledge20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The gut and its 'suppliers and purchasers'

We discussed some microscopy before and the embryonic origin of the initial gut tube and how it differentiates into specialized sections for digestion. We will now focus on the question why the bowels are not arranged symmetrically left and right, like in the rest of our body, but are closely encircling and crossing over each other. With a unique 3D animation you will learn about the rotation of the gut during development. This key concept will help you to understand the anatomical relationships of the gut with its suppliers and purchasers. The gut cannot do it alone; it needs additional organs which supply digestive chemicals such as enzymes and bile and organs that process the absorbed food further. Both the gut and these organs also need a blood supply. You will learn where their blood vessels are situated. Also, the less prominent, but very important 'sewage' system, the lymphatics, will be dealt with. In the gut area, the lymphatics are specialized in transporting fats that are absorbed from the food! Lymphatic vessels also keep an eye on pathological invaders. Unfortunately they may also spread tumor cells. In short, this week's module is for everyone who is interested in the collaboration between the abdominal organs and the gut....
Reading
10 videos (Total 24 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
Video10 videos
Histology: Some practical pointersm
A slice of pancreas at a glance4m
Liver histology at a glance4m
Introduction1m
Gut rotation in the embryo6m
Animation2m
Exercise embryology - Movie I (no audio)m
Exercise embryology - Movie II (no audio)m
Exercise embryology - Movie III (no audio)m
Reading7 readings
CASK microscopy blood vessels: In-depth interactive tutorial5m
Liver histology in a nutshell20m
Exercise embryology - Reading20m
Liver10m
Vascular system10m
Pancreas10m
Spleen10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Virtual sections to practise with and gallbladder quiz2m
Exercise embryology - Quiz6m
Organs28m
Integration with the clinic: A few cases26m
Test your knowledge20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Knowing your peritoneal relationships

You have already learned that the bowels are not arranged symmetrically left and right. The rotation processes of the gut and its suppliers have important consequences for the peritoneal coverings of the gut and the abdominal wall. It determines why some structures lie easily accessible in the abdomen and others are more hidden away. In this week you will get a grip on difficult concepts as 'intraperitoneal' and 'retroperitoneal'. It is also a starter week about abdominal surgery. You will also learn a secret: The best way to mobilize the abdominal and pelvic organs is to separate what got adhered when the patient was just an embryo! Please feel free to dive into these embryonic matters and enjoy all the twists and turns!...
Reading
13 videos (Total 64 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video13 videos
Why bother about the peritoneum4m
What makes understanding the peritoneum so difficult4m
The relation of the peritoneum to the gut6m
Locations of the intestines in relation to the peritoneum7m
Anatomy on the table - The three locations of organs in relation to the peritoneum4m
Peritoneal terminology: Introduction1m
Peritoneal development1m
Peritoneal development, step 0, model, Introduction8m
Peritoneal development, step 1, model, Rotation of stomach, duodenum, pancreas3m
Peritoneal development, step 2, model, Rotation of the bowels8m
Peritoneal development, step 3, model. Development of the greater omentum4m
Anatomy on the table - Peritoneal structures and relations – an overview6m
Reading1 reading
Reader Peritoneal terminology30m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Locations of the intestines in relation to the peritoneum12m
Exercise: Peritoneal terminology22m
Case: “I’m worrying about my stool”20m
Test your knowledge20m
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Top Reviews

By DHApr 6th 2016

Excellent course and well designed. Even though some of the concepts where harder for me to understand I now have a basic understanding of the structure of the abdomen.

By LLOct 8th 2017

This is a great course for anyone who's interested in the abdomen. The instructors are both engaging and informative. I learned a lot from this course.

Instructors

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Marco De Ruiter, PhD

Professor of Clinical and Experimental Anatomy
Leiden University Medical Centre
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Paul Gobée, MD

Assistent professor of Anatomy
Leiden University Medical Centre
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Beerend P. Hierck, PHD.

Associate professor of developmental biology
Leiden University Medical Center
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Daniël Jansma, MSc

E-Learning developer
Leiden University Medical Centre
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Bas Boekestijn, MD

Trainee Radiology
Leiden University Medical Centre
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Friso Jansen

Drs.
Leiden University Medical Centre

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