anatomy

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"...

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...

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. 😯 With surgery...

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...

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...

Neck Dissection

At first glance, the neck looks relatively simple. Surely such a mundane structure can't be as difficult as the abdominal viscera, right? Wrong! When you think about it, the neck incorporates a lot of important...

Skull Dissection

At last... the first day of head/neck anatomy lab! My group spent most of the two hours exploring a skull while the lab directors/TAs went around removing the brains from our cadavers, so they...

Female Perineum Dissection

Over the last three weeks, we've dissected through the female perineum and explored the reproductive system thoroughly. Psychologically, I've gone from feeling confident about my anatomy knowledge to a guessing game of how severely...

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