Anatomy is nuts.
It’s so cool. Dissecting is awesome. You’re seeing all these amazing things in the body and are constantly surprised and in awe, but the studying is rough. SLU has squeezed our anatomy course into 7 weeks and there is so much to learn. We have tons of resources – websites, textbooks, Powerpoint lectures, flash cards, the cadaver lab — all to try to help us memorize it all and make sense of things spatially.
It’s a strange feeling to be in a class where it’s pretty much impossible to know everything. Our passing grade is only 60% for that reason. It a pretty intense class – good thing we like all this medicine stuff, right!?
We have two groups of three people to each cadaver so we dissect every-other day and go in for peer teaching on the other days. Here’s an average day when my group is doing the dissecting:
7am: Alarm goes off. I get up, pop a pod into my Nespresso, and head to the bathroom for teeth brushing, etc.
7:10am: I’m not hungry, but I need something in me before I go into the lab. I make bacon, eggs and spinach then eat it while watching The Today Show and checking a few emails.
7:30: Get dressed and pack my bag. Time to go to school!
7:55am: Arrive at school and head to the locker rooms and change into my
super cute scrubs.
8:03am: Walk up the 4 flight of stairs to the cadaver lab. (Who decided to put the locker rooms in the basement??) Today’s dissection is the Axilla (armpit area) where we focus on the axillary artery and the brachial plexus. It’s not much cutting and way more probing through fascia and separating the different arteries and nerves away from each other. It’s pretty cool to expose it all. When we’re about finished we call up the other group for peer teaching and spend a while identifying the different vessels and nerves to make sure we know what’s what.
11:20am: We’re finished, but one of my partners wants to stay up there for a while so we don’t close up the body. Instead I just wash my hands and head back down to the locker room to change again. I chat with some girls about yoga while I’m down there.
11:30-12pm: Sit outside with a few friends since it’s a beautiful day. I go through some emails, eat a lunabar and a few clementines and really just chat and relax.
12pm-1pm: I go to a lunch meeting put on by the Integrative Medicine interest group. They are showing the movie Escape Fire which is about how we need to shift medicine away from disease intervention and toward disease prevention. I eat a slice of the provided pizza.
1pm-2pm: Lecture on the scapular area and upper arm muscles, bones, nerves and vasculature. It was a lot – tons to review and learn before we dissect that area in a few days! (Normally we dissect the very next day, but this Tuesday is an exception we have Wednesday off for our electives.)
2-3:30pm: Head home and take a little break. I watch 2 episodes of Scrubs on netflix and get through some emails. I also work on this blog post and eat a handful of chocolate chips.
3:30pm: Head to the gym to run during the Cardinals vs Cubs game. It’s been hard to justify watching all these games (football, baseball etc) when I should be studying for anatomy, so I’ve been killing two birds with one stone by getting in some workouts while I watch. I run 3 miles and incline walk another.
4:30pm: Drive to my parents house in the county. I don’t have cable, so I want to watch the rest of their game on their TV. I sit in terrible traffic and it takes forever.
5:00pm: Watch the game, eat some Tostitos and go through some mail that arrived to their house for me. I’d be much more worried about getting my studying in except that we have our elective day tomorrow. I’ll have the rest of tonight and tomorrow night to prepare for Thursday’s dissection, so I’m letting myself relax a little more than usual.
6:00pm: The game is making me angry so I decide to get out my books and start studying. I really need to get a good grasp of the whole arm – from the neck down to the hand – and how all the nerves and arteries run. I use a combination of Net Anatomy, Netter’s Atlas, and today’s powerpoint presentation to take good notes and draw out some pictures.
6:55pm: Well that was incredibly disappointing. Only redeeming factors: 1) It’s kinda cool for the Cubs and a historic moment, 2) My schedule for the next few weeks just freed up. But my heart hurts a little bit.
7:00pm: More studying! I got a pretty good sketch of all the neck and shoulder arteries done in the last hour which will help as I move forward. I’m going to add in some of the nerves and then move onto the bones and muscles of the arm.
7:30: Quick phone call then I finally shower after sitting in my sweat for a few hours.
8pm: Find some rice and bean mixture in my parent’s fridge and make myself a bowl along with some fruit. Sit back down to study while I eat.
9:15pm: My mom gets home from work finally. I chat with my parents in the kitchen for a little while. We talking about how bad cubs fans are 😉 I teach them anatomy that they no longer remember nor do they care about. I grab a class of red wine and a chocolate chip cookie. *perks of visiting your parents*
9:45pm: Look at pictures of the Hilton Head house with my dad. They stayed in the finished house for the first time a few weeks ago!!
10pm: More studying. I’m reviewing back and chest muscles at this point. Because you can never review enough.
10:45pm: Finish up a section of NetAnatomy and decide to head home. I yell bye to my parents who are already upstairs for the night.
11:08pm: Hop in bed and finish up this post. I don’t have to be anywhere until 9:30. (!!!) Such a nice little treat. Goodnight!