It may be “old school”, but this is still probably one of the best embryology videos out there. Watch it with your notes, textbook or review book in hand as an additional guide and it definitely makes things much clearer. Always worth going back for review if you’ve seen it before too!
I officially completed neuroanatomy as of yesterday when I took the NBME Shelf Exam. What is NBME? The National Board of Medical Examiners is an organization that provides assessments of healthcare professionals. After each completed course in medical school, we take an NBME Shelf Exam that serves as a cumulative assessment of the material we should have learned. Unfortunately for any campus on block scheduling such as myself, most exams implement material from other courses as well (some of which we haven’t even taken yet!), but you just have to suffer through those questions and focus on what you know. But I digress…
Neuroanatomy was definitely a challenging course since I wasn’t familiar with most of the material. However, it was also one of my favorite courses thus far. The complexities of the nervous system are absolutely fascinating, and what’s even more amazing is how much is still unknown. The brain is a truly amazing machine. The course seemed to be the most clinically applicable of everything I’ve had thus far, which made me much more dedicated towards learning the material. Although there is so much more to learn, I can tell that my ability to actually diagnose various conditions is continually developing. Even prior to taking neuroanatomy I had considered neurology a field of interest, and I could still see it as a possibility in my future. That being said, Emergency Medicine always seems to be calling my name. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to explore that field until my fourth year of school. However, I intend to keep an open mind about all fields until I’ve had a chance to experience them. As for now, it’s on to physiology!
I’m always on the lookout for great YouTube videos, and found this gem this morning. For anyone looking to better understand the auditory system or more specifically, the Organ of Corti, check it out!
Want to learn the brachial plexus? Check out this video! I’ve also made a pdf file of the drawing done in the video that you can print off and save. Just click the link.
I’m starting a “Medical Resources” page that will contain the file above, as well as any future helpful documents I create or encounter during my own studies. Enjoy!
I actually started this post several weeks ago, but am just now getting around to finishing it. I was hoping to provide a more in-depth discussion, but things are… surprise, surprise…. always busy! Another couple of days and I’ll actually be done with histology too so another post should be covering that in the near future!
I am officially done with medical school anatomy! All of the MS2s said this is the most difficult subject by far and we should expect much more free time the rest of the semester. I figure a summary of some of my experiences is in order. First off, I can now say that:
- I’ve sawed a skullcap off, subsequently performed a complete spinal laminectomy, and removed the brain and spinal cord as one complete structure.
- I’ve sawed through a human head with a handsaw, splitting it in half through the forehead and down the nose, all the way to the oral cavity.
- I’ve removed a human eyeball from its orbit.
- I’ve cut through more skin than I ever imagined I’d do without being a surgeon.
A few other revelations and summarizing thoughts through the semester include the following:
- Anatomy is tough! Obviously, I knew this would be the case but the amount of material is still pretty crazy. It’s actually pretty fascinating to realize how much information you’re able to retain if you really put your mind to it.
- I definitely chose the right profession. Despite the material be overwhelming at times, I love learning it. The human body is absolutely fascinating.
I’ve always had a high level of respect for people who donate their bodies to science. Working with actual human cadavers is essential to becoming a physician and without the good will of those who donate, a comprehensive medical education wouldn’t be possible. This course made me appreciate those who donate their bodies to science even more than I already did.
I’m hoping to start updating this more regularly from here on out!!
I’m currently taking Human Gross Anatomy and fortunately, I only have another week and a half left! It’s not that I don’t like anatomy. I think it’s extremely interesting, I love learning about the body, and most obviously, it’s important to at least have a general understanding of the human body if you plan to be a doctor! However, the workload is unbelievable so it will be really nice to take a “lighter” course.
We have physicians in various disciplines come in throughout the course to discuss their specialties. Today, we had a maxillofacial surgeon come in and go through pictures of numerous cases he’s seen over the years. There were several that stuck out, including one in which a child who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt essentially had 1 side of his face ripped off. Fortunately, surgeons were able to piece the young boy back together, although I’m sure there were some life altering repercussions.
The story that really caught my attention, as well as my classmates, was one involving a man who picked the wrong kid(s) to sell drugs to. Basically, this dealer focused on distributing to young children at schools. A dad found out about this and decided to take matters into his own hands. The dad found the guy, put a shotgun to the bridge of his nose, and pulled the trigger. Needless to say, half of the drug dealers face was blown off. The man survived the incident, but had lifelong disfigurement following hours and hours in surgery.
Hearing the story, it was one of those situations where you have such a mix of emotions you don’t even know what to think. Obviously dealing drugs is bad. Dealing drugs to kids is worse. Then again, everyone can’t just become a vigilante either.
My classmates and I found ourselves wondering what happened to both men involved in regards to judicial punishment. Did they both go to jail? Only one of them? It was an interesting story and the drug dealer is lucky to be alive. Hopefully, he turned his life around after the incident.
So I haven’t posted in a long time, especially compared to how often I was able to post over the summer. I guess that’s just the life of a medical student!
I’m currently 3 days into my second week of medical school and here are a few conclusions I’ve made thus far:
- Med school is difficult (duh). I already knew this would be the case, but it is still worth recognizing how much effort goes into studying. I’m pretty sure every second year medical student agrees that a) it’s impossible to completely keep up with the workload and know everything and b) you need to find time to have some fun or you’ll go insane!
- It’s the perfect profession for me. This is obviously excellent news and not surprising to anyone who really knows me. Nonetheless, it’s nice to know I’m not going through all this with any doubts and I know it will all be worth the effort!
- Having classmates who help each other makes life so much better! I know there are plenty of schools where students are in competition with each other. Sure that may ultimately be the case for me and my classmates as well. However, the truth of the matter is that 1st year scores don’t mean a whole lot in the scheme of your future in medicine. Secondly, I’d still rather develop friendships and have a good time in medical school than be miserable and feel like everything is a competition. I love being able to depend on my classmates and I love being able to help them out when I can.
- I have an amazing wife (duh again!). I’m not sure if she will see this or not, but I have to say that she’s been pretty amazing through all of this. As I’ve stated before, I had to move to my medical school campus without her and we have a baby due at the end of September. Even so, she constantly lets me know how happy she is for me and is always supportive. Fortunately, my campus is only about an hour and a half from our home (as long as traffic doesn’t get to crazy) so I get to got back to visit regularly. If she does read this… love you babe and thanks for everything!
I’ve got my first anatomy exam coming up this Friday so I’ve been studying like crazy tonight. I’ll definitely be hitting the sack here soon and continuing in the morning, because I think my brain is currently on overload. I absolutely love learning all of this material, but like I said, it’s definitely tough! I’ll try to start posting regularly again, but it will definitely be less than during the summer. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for reading my nonfiction books anymore either so until I get a break from classes, it’s probably going to be strictly school related posts or updates on my life in general.
Time to get back to work!