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    Failing Anatomy...HELP!!!

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    I have failed the first two anatomy minis and am really scared about the 3rd one. Can anyone offer me any sort of study tips, hints, tricks, etc. that I can use to save my grade? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    Come to my TA session. 7:30-8:30 PM on Tuesdays.

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    Do LOTS OF QUESTIONS
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    make sure you can do Michigan questions and get atleast 80% of them right. then do more questions (BRS, Utah, etc....many students have them). Watch Kaplan videos (many students have them). Get Dr. A****'s packets. Go over Netters or Adams the week of the exam. Pray.

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    Your last test is head and neck, and pelvis, right? For head and neck, read Moore. The BRS in my opinion didn't explain the cranial nerves well enough. For pelvis though read BRS, read blue boxes in moore and get Dr. A's packets. They are very helpful. Memorize the pictures in Netters. And when you have a chance, everytime you have a chance, go into lab and look at the skull foramina. They're only going to pick about 1 hole for wet lab, but it's good for a study basis. And the questions, like "what nerve comes out of the foramen magnum?" You know, stuff like that. And do Michigan questions. There's no reason not to get a passing grade on a Dr. H (the 2nd Dr. H) exam.

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    Head = read moore
    Neck = there is one powerpoint on s-drive called "anatomy of neck", just do that, do not waste ur time reading moore or brs. there will be 2 question on minis and 2-3 on shelf. the powerpoint covers everything you need to focus. let me know, if you cant find it there.
    Pelvis = just do dr. A's powerpoints. reading moore and brs will be waste of time. all questions i saw on mini and shelf came from his powerpoint.

    take some time out, and please do the abdomen and possibly thorax again. make sure u know all the concepts, especially with these two, abdomen n thorax will be the biggest part of your shelf, since u failed both minis, you need to emphasize more here. that is the only way, you can pass that shelf.

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    Pm a DC student. We have the cranial, spine and ab down pat. We go way more into detail and regardless of the foramen we can help. Practice, practice practice.

    What worked best for me was to read everything, then go into the lab and have my friends just point to different parts. That way I had to come up with the name on my own. It didnt work for me as well as when I just read and tried to quiz myself.

    Youll get it, try to relax and get a lot of sleep and eat. REM sleep commits things to memory and food fuels your brain. Have you ever met an inshape med student??? lol!!!

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    when it comes to learning anatomy in med school, there are two components - the structures and the clinical theory behind it. you must learn the structures first or else the rest will not come and this is why a lot of students fail anatomy. if you try to learn or memorize clinical applications without being able to fully visualize it, sorry you will NOT pass.

    what i used to do is run through the Netters flash cards first for whatever part of the body we were on. after that, i would go through some of the plates in the big Netters and then look at them on ADAM. ADAM was a very useful tool, not only because AUA uses it for part of their tests but just to flip through the layers of everything in the body.

    next comes learning the theory and my recommendation is BRS. i never opened up that silly Moore book and what i've concluded over the years is that those who soley rely on that book end up failing anatomy. BRS tells you exactly what you need to know, but there's a catch. the catch is learning and understanding the structures before hand. it is pretty easy to get lost in that book if you don't know the structures so LEARN THEM.

    the last past which i think is an important aspect to every single class you take is questions. when you are reading something, even if you memorize word for word, you are only really learning at about 50% or passive learning. when you go and do questions, the other 50% comes in called active learning. from this, you see how things are worded, how they can be worded differently to arrive at a similar answer and you can kind of get the gist where things are coming from. you need to be smart about the way you study and by not including questions, you're really putting yourself at a disadvantage.

    it's a little late in the semester to really pull things around but if you make the changes NOW, you may be able to pull it off. work hard, do whatever it takes to get that pass mark and move on with it. you'll find that basic anatomy will continue to come up throughout the courses but anatomy in general is not a high yield topic and you may never see an anatomy question on the step 1.
    M.D.

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    i dont see the ppt for the neck on s-drive. would you be able to email it to me...gujuboi0515@gmail.com

    thanks

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    DocP,

    Although I have not started Med school as yet, I will utilize this advice. Although, I have decided to go to MUA instead of AUA but don't hold this against me.

    Quote Originally Posted by DOCplucinski View Post
    when it comes to learning anatomy in med school, there are two components - the structures and the clinical theory behind it. you must learn the structures first or else the rest will not come and this is why a lot of students fail anatomy. if you try to learn or memorize clinical applications without being able to fully visualize it, sorry you will NOT pass.

    what i used to do is run through the Netters flash cards first for whatever part of the body we were on. after that, i would go through some of the plates in the big Netters and then look at them on ADAM. ADAM was a very useful tool, not only because AUA uses it for part of their tests but just to flip through the layers of everything in the body.

    next comes learning the theory and my recommendation is BRS. i never opened up that silly Moore book and what i've concluded over the years is that those who soley rely on that book end up failing anatomy. BRS tells you exactly what you need to know, but there's a catch. the catch is learning and understanding the structures before hand. it is pretty easy to get lost in that book if you don't know the structures so LEARN THEM.

    the last past which i think is an important aspect to every single class you take is questions. when you are reading something, even if you memorize word for word, you are only really learning at about 50% or passive learning. when you go and do questions, the other 50% comes in called active learning. from this, you see how things are worded, how they can be worded differently to arrive at a similar answer and you can kind of get the gist where things are coming from. you need to be smart about the way you study and by not including questions, you're really putting yourself at a disadvantage.

    it's a little late in the semester to really pull things around but if you make the changes NOW, you may be able to pull it off. work hard, do whatever it takes to get that pass mark and move on with it. you'll find that basic anatomy will continue to come up throughout the courses but anatomy in general is not a high yield topic and you may never see an anatomy question on the step 1.

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    doesn't hurt me any, anyone can take my advice regardless what school they go to.
    M.D.

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