Structural & Cellular Biology
Tulane University School of Medicine
Box SL49, Room 3004
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Telephone: (504) 988-5255
Fax: (504) 988-1687

Summer Course in Cell Biology & Medical Histology

Program for 2011

6 June – 8 July 2011

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The summer course in Cell Biology & Medical Histology is a comprehensive 5-week, 110-hour individualized remediation course for medical and dental students enrolled in medical or dental school. The course is equivalent to that taken by first year medical students at Tulane University School of Medicine and provides excellent preparation for NBME shelf examinations in cell biology and histology as well as the USMLE Step I examination. Second year medical or dental students in accredited medical and dental schools preparing for the USMLE Step I exams will find the course particularly valuable.

This course is unique: as part of the application process, a pre-test package is mailed to each applicant, to be self-administered under idealized conditions and returned. The test results allow targeted individualization and customized approaches during the course to maximize the benefits to each applicant. It also ensures that the course targets and directly addresses the weaknesses in each course participant.

With strong emphasis on molecular interactions, structure-function relationships and clinical application, the course reviews cell ultrastructure and biology, basic tissues, and organ systems. The course includes lectures, small group discussions, and laboratory sessions that involve hands-on light microscopy and glass slides, as well as the use of digital/virtual images. Two USMLE-style assessments are given during the course.

Grades will be sent to the appropriate administrator and to the student after the course has ended.


The course is directed and taught by the same team of vastly experienced faculty who deliver the medical histology course to Tulane medical students.


Applicants to the summer course in Cell Biology & Medical Histology must be currently enrolled in accredited medical or dental schools. Applicants who wish to take the summer course as remediation for histology class in their university must also submit a letter from the Course Director in their university/medical/dental school:

  1. stating that Tulane University summer course in Cell Biology & Medical histology is acceptable for removing their deficiency.
  2. identifying the weakness(es) in Histology that the applicant has.


Completed application forms must be accompanied by a non-refundable $50 application fee.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 3 June 2011.

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Upon acceptance to the course, applicants must pay a deposit of $500 to secure and hold their seat on the course. The deadline for receipt of the security deposit is 27 May 2011. The deposit is applied to tuition. Deposits are refundable if cancellation of registration to the course is made on or before 6 June 2011.
Payment of full tuition is due on or before the first day of class for the course

To inquire about late applications, please call:  Debbie Lauff,
Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
Telephone: (504) 988 5255

Please mail all completed applications to:
Debbie Lauff,
Department of Structural and Cellular Biology,
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-49, New Orleans, LA 70112


Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)

The total fee for the course is $1800. This is broken down as follows:

Deposit (to hold place on course): $500 (refundable)
Tuition (balance): $1300
Total Tuition: $1800

The following forms of payment are acceptable: Cheque, Cash
Please do NOT send cash by mail.

Make cheques payable to “Department of Structural and Cellular Biology”.


Housing may be available through Tulane’s Deming Pavilion ( When calling to make reservations, inform them that you will be taking a summer course in the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology. In addition, you may try:, Craigslist, or the local newspaper Times-Picayune.
Applicants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Staff will not make housing arrangements for applicants accepted onto the course.

Transportation & parking

The Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) runs buses and two streetcar lines that serve Tulane Avenue and the downtown area. Various passes including monthly passes are available for purchase at most Walgreens locations. There is a branch of Walgreens located beside Tulane Hospital.


Medical School: There is a restaurant located on the ground floor in Tulane School of Medicine.
Restaurants and fast food outlets: Tulane School of Medicine is close to a number of restaurants and fast food outlets in the downtown area. A Subway outlet is located opposite the School of Medicine beside Tulane Hospital.

Tulane University School of Medicine, Dept. of SCB, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5255