Medical Anatomy Techniques?


I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me find more efficient ways to memorize some anatomy? Normal memory works fine for the application of the details & so on of various anatomical parts so that’s fine. I’m trying to shift away from as much rote memory as possible because I retain it for a short while, but as the schedule picks up, I tend to forget what I learned by rote memory. I’m familiar with memory techniques as I have used them in Medical Biochem, Micro & Immunology, & for Medical Normal Values. I just don’t know where to start with anatomy.

The exam is on 4 semesters worth of material and this is full body anatomy, including neuroanatomy, histology & embryology. I’ve learned all of the material once before and passed each end of semester exam, so the groundwork has already been laid. But I have 6-8 weeks to go over all of the fine points. It’s an oral exam, so we write an entrance exam (lists & labeled diagrams), once you pass (you know within 2 hrs), you go straight into your oral on the same day. You pick 3 topics at random (From a list of 400) and have 15 mins to prepare each one. Then you present, are asked follow-up questions & you identify structures on an unlabeled cadaver (i.e. no pin test).

Here are some examples of the oral topics. I’ve attached a link to my dropbox folder so you can see samples of what is expected per topic:

From Osteology, Syndesmology & Myology Section:
4. The frontal bone / The ethmoid bone / General osteology, ossification, bone regeneration /
Norma frontalis et lateralis: radiological anatomy of the skull

  1. The muscles of the leg / The muscles of the sole and back of the foot

From Splanchnology Section:

  1. The anatomy, histology and development of the uterus, uterine tubes and vagina

From Neuroanatomy Section:

  1. The cell types of the nervous system / Cytology of the neuron and glial cells / Molecular
    biology of the synaptic transmission

  2. The anatomy, histology and connections of the cerebellum / The role of the cerebellum in the
    regulation of the movements

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! :slight_smile: