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- February 4th, 2009, 05:03 PM #1
Gross Anatomy is taking over my life
Exams are in two weeks and most of my time thus far has been devoted to gross anatomy (upper and lower limb). The problem I'm having is retaining all the arteries, nerves, their branches, and their relations and pathways. I've mostly been using Gray's Anatomy for Students, Netter's, B.D. on and off, and Essence. I just can't seem to recall from memory the small branches of different arteries and nerves. It gets really confusing and I tend to mix them up. Fortunately, I have the big picture down.
Any suggestions on what I should do? I just want to be done with Gross because I have Histo, Embryo, Physio, and Biochem yet to master.February 4th, 2009, 05:39 PM #2
Anatomy can be a huge headache depending how you study. If you feel like you've read everything too many times already and aren't retaining everything, then you need to start writing. Close your books. Take out a fresh sheet of paper and write down an entire topic, like the course/supply of an artery or nerve. If you can't remember part of it, then you can open the book to check it out-- but then also take out a new sheet of paper and start the writing process from the beginning.
Repeat till you achieve "topper" status.February 4th, 2009, 05:48 PM #3
I'll give that a try for all the major arteries and nerves. Hopefully it'll stick this time around.
Btw, besides knowing all the muscles and their innervation, is it important to know the origin, insertion of the intrinsic muscles of hand and foot?February 4th, 2009, 07:03 PM #4
Hand is generally more important than foot at most pakistani medical schools, and origins and insertions are more commonly asked in vivas instead of descriptive questions.
Most people do skip small topics exactly like this, which is what differentiates the really good students from the rest in the midterms/finals. It is a very dry and minor topic, but that makes it even more likely to be asked in a viva. Examiners know exactly what students have a habit of skipping over.February 8th, 2009, 09:39 AM #5
spend less time online more with your books!February 8th, 2009, 09:45 AM #6February 8th, 2009, 10:08 AM #7
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my best guess is Acland's Videos of Anatomy check them out you can download them through the torrents online they give you a visual of everything. It doesn't necessarily supplement the text but is a very great source.February 10th, 2009, 09:35 AM #8
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