Grand Rounds – Orthopedic Surgery

Grand Rounds are essentially conferences in which an individual presents a medical problem as well as relevant treatments to a group of doctors, residents, medical students, nurses, etc. Friday morning, I attended my first...

Forearm Extensors and Flexors

Today in gross anatomy, my group dissected out the extensor and flexor compartments of the forearm. We found muscles like the flexor carpi ulnaris, extensor carpi radialis brevis, and abductor pollicis longus. A part...

White Coat Afterthoughts

Last night expanded my motivation to succeed. Somewhere between reading the *heavily modified* Hippocratic Oath and listening to the upperclassmen speeches, I was once again overcome with a sense of realization - I'm finally...

Brachial Plexus

Yesterday, my anatomy group continued our cadaver dissection by locating the brachial plexus, a particular bundle of nerves situated near the axilla (armpit) which arises from C5-T1 and innervates the entire upper limb. Removing...

First Week of Medical School

Several things have been made painfully obvious to me in my first week of medical school. First of all, it's true - med students probably cover just as much in one week as undergrad...

Our Cadaver – A Female?

My gross anatomy group got together yesterday afternoon to dissect the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles of the chest, and did we have one incredible realization! Our cadaver was initially presented to us...

First Day of Gross Anatomy Lab

What comes to mind when you think of your "best teacher?" Perhaps the one who had easy tests? Maybe the one who would go out of their way to know each student on an...

First Day of Medical School

Today was my first "real" day of medical school. We had lectures on introductory histology (preparing a sample for microscopy), the cytoskeleton (microtubules, microfilaments, and intermediate filaments), and the anatomy of the shoulder. After lecture,...

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