Hi guys, I'm not sure if I posted this in the right place so I apologise in advance.
I'm a first year med and I'm in a panicky mode at the moment. I kind of cruised past the first semester without learning the network of nerves and the muscles but now this knowledge is just the basics of EVERYTHING we're doing in semester 2 so I'll never understand anything this semester if I don't understand these two things. Part of this is my fault due to laziness but partly due to my anatomy teachers who were stuck up snobby surgeons who ridicule you for asking questions.
I would appreciate any guidance towards how I can go about learning ALL the branches of nerves and what they innervate etc as well as the muscles. Are there any resources such as websites/youtube vids?
Thank you so much in advance!!
Uh oh - you are going to need a thicker skin and to take a bit more responsibility for your education if you're to get the most out of your clinical placements.
I found anatomy very difficult when I started medical school precisely because I tried to learn "ALL the branches of nerves and what they innervate etc as well as the muscles". In reality, this is very difficult, if not impossible. Instead, you need to work out what is a) clinically relevant and/or b) is relevant to one of the many nice anatomical "stories" (these are often not clinically relevant at all but they're part of anatomical lore so we learn them), like the boundaries of the femoral triangle or the innervation of the muscles that insert into the pes anserinus...
This is hard to do without guidance, hence the importance of listening to your anatomy demonstrators/lecturers. It is tough to learn anatomy by yourself.
My thoughts would be to try and fill the gaps as you go along rather than setting out to learn all the first semester material in a way that is completely divorced from the second semester material. I don't know how your course is organised but, if there is a lecture tomorrow on disorders of the spine, tonight is your opportunity to learn your vertebrae, pyramidal, and extrapyramidal tracts. I'd also invest in a copy of Harold Ellis' "Clinical Anatomy". It is still too detailed for most undergraduates but is much less detailed than Gray's Anatomy for Students and Moore's Clinically Orientated Anatomy.
There will be lots of students in the same position as you - whether because they didn't work hard or are struggling with the content - so there is plenty of time to catch up if you act now.
The Essential Anatomy 5 app is very good as well. You can interactively view the different nerves and muscles, its a little pricey (£12 I believe), but I think its well worth it