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    a little advice

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    from you 3rd and 4th sem guys who are willing to share-

    i know the term just started, but this anatomy thing has me freaking out...how on earth do you get a grasp on this stuff both in lab & lecture? i was lucky to do really well in first & i know this is an all new ballgame, but did you guys who have been through it feel overwhelmed like this at first? i am just stressing some over this & any advice at all would be greatly appreciated-

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    Re: a little advice

    Your feelings are shared by many, trust me. Anatomy is overwhelming. Unfortunately it's mostly due to its poor infrastructure. It's a shame there are PhD's and MD's in the lab who contradict one another about what's what on the cadavers. My only advice is set aside some time every day for anatomy. Repetition is the best way to learn the lab material. Watch the videos......over and over. Dr. King only had a few videos for us but they were excellent. Sam is very helpful. Dr. Martin didn't come as much as I would have liked.....but if you want accurate information, use Boaz and King. Remember!!!!!! Those feelings you have are shared by many, many others. You are not alone.

    i know the term just started, but this anatomy thing has me freaking out...how on earth do you get a grasp on this stuff both in lab & lecture? i was lucky to do really well in first & i know this is an all new ballgame, but did you guys who have been through it feel overwhelmed like this at first? i am just stressing some over this & any advice at all would be greatly appreciated-[/quote]

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    Beat George. Someone I knew on the rock told me this story:
    Two guys were hiking in the forest. Suddenly a bear appeared and starting charging after them. One bent down and started tightening the laces of his sneakers. "What are you doing ?" cried the other. "There's no way you can outrun that bear." "I don't have to outrun the bear, George." replied the first. "I just have to outrun you."
    There is no way you can learn all that information. Your classmates won't learn it all either. But if you watch the videos once a day every day, and if you go into the lab for an hour or two a day every day, then you'll learn enough compared to your classmates to clear the MPS. Thats how I got a B.

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    Re: a little advice

    Quote Originally Posted by QuasiMed
    Beat George. Someone I knew on the rock told me this story:
    Two guys were hiking in the forest. Suddenly a bear appeared and starting charging after them. One bent down and started tightening the laces of his sneakers. "What are you doing ?" cried the other. "There's no way you can outrun that bear." "I don't have to outrun the bear, George." replied the first. "I just have to outrun you."
    There is no way you can learn all that information. Your classmates won't learn it all either. But if you watch the videos once a day every day, and if you go into the lab for an hour or two a day every day, then you'll learn enough compared to your classmates to clear the MPS. Thats how I got a B.
    excellent point...

    in my pre-clinical years, when i would get really frustrated, i would just take inventory of the class. it calmed me always to look around, and realize that i was at least in the top 10%, no matter how stupid i felt. and, it works out that way in the end. they can't fail everyone, and you do know more than you think...

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    definitely not alone

    You're definitely not alone. I'm in anatomy with you and feel the same way. I got raw scores in the mid 90's in everything last term ( I didn't come here expecting to, it just turned out that way), so I know I am not a total dunce, but I feel like one every time I walk in that lab, or worse, walk out of it. But I figure there are plenty of upper semester students, and beyond, walking around out there, so it is by definition doable. Other than that, all we can do is the best we can....do that every day and let the chips fall where they may.

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    anatomy

    everyone feels the same way with the exception of the chiros hehe. I didn't go to the lab everyday but I tried to spend some time in the lab on the weekends. The lab practicals will be your friend. Personally I thought the minis were tough. For the minis you have to read the blue boxes in the Big moore anatomy book the small one wont do it. Dr M. used some fine print under a box that was only in the large moore. Dr K. is an excellant professor listen to how he tells you to study.

    word of advice make sure you keep your bodies wet. By the end of the semester they look horrible if you dont, and you will still be tested on them.

    if you have any specific questions send me a pm and ill try and answer them.

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    Re: a little advice

    Quote Originally Posted by onmyway
    from you 3rd and 4th sem guys who are willing to share-

    i know the term just started, but this anatomy thing has me freaking out...how on earth do you get a grasp on this stuff both in lab & lecture? i was lucky to do really well in first & i know this is an all new ballgame, but did you guys who have been through it feel overwhelmed like this at first? i am just stressing some over this & any advice at all would be greatly appreciated-
    As others stated, buy the big Moore book. Read the blue boxes, and also the clinical cases found in the end of the chapters. There is nothing new that can be asked on the minis. Most of the questions are rewordings of the clinical cases. Get mikes notes as a guide to help you know what you should find in lab (don't study only from mike's notes). Get some flashcards, they help especially when you are alone in the lab or when someone gives you wrong info. Find the website from Umich for anatomy it is golden.

    Here it goes:
    http://anatomy.med.umich.edu/


    Use the Netters atlas, it was easier to find things. The Rohen book was very cumbersome. Watch the Nearn videos (the good quality ones, not the recording of a screen type). Finally try to work in groups and test each other like crazy! Good luck!

    Juni
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    so where are these nearn videos?

    and how far into the semester does Martin go over blue box crap? I don't think he's talked about any yet, unless it was when I was sleeping in class

    his voice is so monotonous. I fight hard to stay awake, but usually lose.

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    to be honest I dont remember him mentioning it until our class did crappy on the first mini. our tests were all clinical questions that come from the blue boxes. unless they changed it from last semester I think you would be fine jus reading the blue boxes for the mini exam and not reading anything else. The practical exams are worth way more than the minis so make sure you spend time studying for them.

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    anatomy

    I got an email from my uncle this morning, who is a surgeon, and he said something to me about gross anatomy that i thought was pretty cool:

    <<Remember when you first got to college, or even medical school, and you did not know where anything on campus was, even the most basic places? Someone probably gave you a map when you arrived, and that may have helped a little, but you still got lost looking for places, buildings, offices etc. and had to ask people. But after you started actually GOING to those places every day in the course of the day's work, you eventually knew the place so well you didn't have to even think about it. Anatomy is like that....go to lab and navigate through it every day and pretty soon you will know it that well.>>

    Anyway, I thought it was a cool way to look at it and wanted to share.

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