Human Development: Development of the Face and Palate

Publication ID Published Volume
8334 January 26, 2011 7


This resource represents an interactive educational module depicting human face and palate development. The module was created as an educational resource to augment embryology instruction in medical and dental curricula. The efficacy of the materials were assessed using 1st year medical and dental students. While the student groups were small (15-20 students), the materials tended to enhance student learning as indicated by pre- and post-testing.


Fredieu J, Watson J, Hughart C, Nikiforova T, Almon A. Human development: development of the face and palate. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:8334.

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Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to describe the morphogenesis of the face and palate, including interactions of the 5 facial primordia.
  2. To be able to describe clefting anomalies of the face and palate.


  • Maxillary Process, Mandibular Process, Nasal Pit, Neural Crest, Facial Cleft, Nasal Mucosa, Olfactory Mucosa, Face, Palate, Facial Primordia

Prior Scholarly Dissemination


  1. Fredieu JR, Watson J, Hughart C, Almon A., and Nikiforova T.(2010) Production and assessment of interactive animations for medical education. Experimental Biology.
  2. Fredieu JR, Watson J, Hughart C, Almon A., and Nikiforova T.(2010) The Efficacy of 3D Interactive Animations in Teaching Embryology. International Association of Medical Science Educators.

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