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Neuraxial Anesthetics And Anatomy

Understanding neuraxial anatomy is an essential part to successfully perform epidural and spinal (intrathecal) anesthetics. Here's a schematic outlining the layers we encounter when performing these procedures:

Bronchopulmonary Segments

Anatomically, the trachea extends from the cricoid cartilage (level of C6/C7) to the carina (T4/T5) and is reinforced anteriorly by approximately 20 semicircular, cartilaginous rings. The trachea divides into the right and left mainstem…

Reading Chest X-Rays

Reading a chest x-ray (CXR) is an incredibly important aspect of acute care medicine and a skill that all healthcare providers should at least have some comfort in doing. The key for interpreting any radiographic image is having a…

Worth More Dead Than Alive

I was contacted by an associate at with regards to an image she and her team created about the black market for organs. Here's the incredibly eye-opening animated graphic:

I Miss Anatomy

Frankly, the joy of discovery in gross anatomy is irreplaceable. Actually seeing peripheral nerves, holding visceral organs, looking inside of another human and thinking "oh, so this is what the lecturer was talking about" is the definition…

Muscle Memory

The term "muscle memory" is often used to describe how athletes can perform a task with incredible consistency. Think about shooting a free throw in basketball. No matter where you play, the free throw is constant - 15 feet away from a 10…

Farewell, My Dear Cadaver

Tuesday (February 16th) was the last day of anatomy lab. Four blocks...  over six months of growing as a medical student with the same specimen... and the journey is at en end. 8O

Sympathetic Chain, Rami Communicans, and Splanchnics

After anatomy lab today, I was fortunate to catch an explanation of rami communicans by one of our fantastic anatomy teachers. After having gone through so much of the human body's gross anatomy, it's a bit embarrassing that I still didn't…

Nasal Cavity Dissection

No scissors, forceps, or even a scalpel in today's lab. Instead, we busted out our woodshop skills and used a good 'ol hacksaw to split our cadaver's head into left and right halves (a sagittal cut straight through). I'll never forget the…