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Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD

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1020 Locust Street
Jefferson Alumni Hall, Suite 217
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-2256
(215) 955-5058 fax

Medical School

BS, Michigan State University, Zoology - 1974
PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, Biology - 1980

University Appointment


Research and Clinical Interests

Mechanisms of morphogenesis and malignancy; role of cell-surface carbohydrates in mediation of cell recognition during development; use of monoclonal anticarbohydrate antibodies to study lineage formation, cell differentiation, and neoplastic transformation.

Focus: Pathology Education; Developmental Biology

I am using modern technology to improve preclinical basic science education. My work is focused on the development of interactive, web-based instructional media, distance learning courses, and alternative methods for student self-assessment.

I have authored a major pathology textbook for self-assessment and board review. Lippincott's Review of Pathology: Illustrated Interactive Q & A guides students through the vast amount of pathology information they need to master to succeed on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Using the format of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the questions address the major topics in general and systemic pathology detailed in the highly-acclaimed textbook Rubin's Pathology: Clincopathologic Foundations of Medicine. The questions can be used as a learning companion to Rubin's Pathology or as a stand-alone tool for self-assessment and board review. Questions are presented online and in print. Students can work through the online questions in either "quiz" or "test" mode. The test mode stimulates the USMLE experience.

Other Expertise

Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD is Professor of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Fenderson received his PhD in Developmental Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and completed postdoctoral training in Reproductive Biology at the University of Washington, before moving to Jefferson Medical College in 1990. Dr. Fenderson teaches pathology, gross anatomy, and histology to medical students and allied health professionals. He has published numerous papers in the field of medical education; received awards from medical students for teaching excellence; created nationally recognized web sites for pathology education; established an honors program for gifted medical students; and introduced new formats for student learning and assessment. He has served as member of the USMLE Cell and Developmental Biology Test Development Committee. He is chair of the Cell Biology/Histology editorial review group for Doody Online. In addition to pathology education, his research interests include mechanisms of stem cell differentiation and morphogenesis. Dr. Fenderson is director of the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra and past-president of the Ambler Symphony.

Major Teaching Responsibilities at Jefferson Medical College include:

Human Form and Development
Microscopic Anatomy
Foundations of Pathology (Course Director)
Foundations of Clinical Medicine


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. A variant of the classical superficial brachioulnoradial artery: morphology and clinical significances
  2. Tungsten Carbide-Cobalt Nanoparticles Induce Reactive Oxygen Species, AKT, ERK, AP-1, NF-κB, VEGF, and Angiogenesis
  3. Equivalence of students' scores on timed and untimed anatomy practical examinations
  4. Developmental and genetic diseases
  5. Croatian Medical Journal should be a source of great pride to Croatia and neighboring countries in Europe
  6. Professor Ivan Damjanov, the third recipient of Tomas Kent Award from the Group for Research in Pathology Education
  7. Staining embryonic stem cells using monoclonal antibodies to stage-specific embryonic antigens.
  8. Curricular reform may improve students' performance on externally administered comprehensive examinations
  9. Strategies for teaching pathology to graduate students and allied health professionals
  10. Balancing traditional values in academic medicine with advances in science and technology
  11. Characteristics of medical students completing an honors program in pathology
  12. Chapter 6 Uterine environment during the implantation of the embryo
  13. Effects of monoclonal antibody directed to Le(Y) on implantation in the mouse
  14. Relationship of students' perceptions of faculty to scholastic achievement: Are popular instructors better educators?
  15. The virtues of extended matching and uncued tests as alternatives to multiple choice questions
  16. Weekly mini-examinations (quizzes) based on extended-matching questions as a means for monitoring medical student performance
  17. Erratum: Glycolipids of human primary testicular germ cell tumours (British Journal of Cancer (1996) 74 (133-140))
  18. Glycolipids of human primary testicular germ cell tumours
  19. Monoclonal antibody directed to Le(y) oligosaccharide inhibits implantation in the mouse
  20. Testing of medical students with open-ended, uncued questions