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1st Year Gross Anatomy

Hello kiddos!!!
First of all....... CONGRATS on becoming the cream of the nation and having your name amongst the BESHT OF THE BESHT . Now that u r in the Pakistan ka taap ka medical college its gonna take some effort to stay here and become a "wadda dactur saab" (not intending to scare u of course :p)

So gross anatomy is about the scariest and the most demanding thing you come across in first year......... but fear not little ones ....... it gets really fun once you get the hang of it. Three really important things you should keep in mind
  1. Do get the dissection CDs from the learning center (the glass room near DH) or KEMCAANA before the start of each new region. See it at the beginning of each region and also the specific parts before the substages.
  2. Do follow whats going on in the DH and try to do the dissection yourself or at least actively follow it.
  3. Prefer doing gross in group or pair discussions (
So....... now lets get to the actual point........... there are three basic regions...the upper limb............ the lower limb....... and the thorax


Those of u who get upper limb are at an advantage cuz u get welcomed by the innocent clavicle.......... not the mind boggling hip bone.
BD Chaurasia is the most hated book by the teachers but still the most loved one by the students. All the anatomy but specially the bones are best done from here......
As you progress towards the neuro vascular bundle things start getting a little bit complicated. Do take care to draw the brachial plexus no matter how many times it takes for you to remember it kyunke it is worth it (yeah i know i sound like the garnier add) Arm is real simple, just take care where the nerves are in contact with the bones cuz that's where they are damaged in fractures and where they are superficial ( Do see the clinical from KLM , if you don't wanna buy the entire book u can still get the clinical notes from the photocopier)
Arm and forearm pass in a jiffy but the hand looks like an unsolvable puzzle at first. But the obvious names ov the muscles are a help and group discussion is really beneficial.
Closely follow every topic from the netter's atlas an the Cd's . Once u r done with your B.D flick through Lasts anatomy specially for the movements of thumb. Add to that your KLM clinicals and you have done more than sufficient.........

DON'T get scared by the absurd hip bone. Just have some patience. It usually takes 2 to 3 readings to start getting the hang of things. if you cant remember it even after that don't cry your eyes out over it......... just reduce the amount of attachments you are trying to fit in ur delicate brain to just the important ones..( pehle MOTI MOTI baatain yaad karo.......:D) Again B.D is the preferred book
Adductor canal is really important Hip joint and its clinical being bala ki zaroori. In fact all the joints of lower limb are really important ( we had the clinical from them in send up as well as in the prof...) Thigh is real easy and the leg part is not that difficult either....( differences between soleus and gastrocenemius being very important. find many differences from all possible books and write them in your B.D)
Leg bones need a little more effort and be prepared to do it 4 or 5 times before sitting in front of the teacher for the sub stage.....articulated foot is again like the hand......... many tincy wincy annoying muscles.........but the best way to do them is more than 3 readings, group discussion and of course mnemonics ..........

It is taught at the very end in the scorching heat of august when everybody is most frustrated an the worst part is : it is finished within 4 or 5 weeks.
But if you start off with the dissection Cd's things become alot easier . The Netter atlas is really disappointing for thorax so prefer McMinn. Follow the dissection and listen ever more closely to the demos. This is the only region in which only doing BD is just not enough.. follow all of it from Last as well...(take good care of the differences between the right and left recurrent laryngeal nerve) Also don't forget the chapter of diaphragm from the Abdomen Pelvis part of 2nd year BD.

Gross seems scary initially but if you take care not to pile it up and don't make a habit of wasting ur DH time it can be quite enjoyable... :)
If u wanna know about anything else just lemme know


Rabia Zia.


  1. rabia i am student off 1st year..... khyber medical college peshawar.....i just get through u people blogspot and its so helpful........rabia i wana know that most off our professor' in peshawar want us to study the typical GROSS ANATOMY BOOK THAT BD........BUT I HAVE STARTED KLM.....AND INFACT I HAD DONE UPPER LIMIB FROM KLM...AND HAVENT READ A SINGLE WORD FROM BD....MOST OFF STUDENTS HERE IN PESHAWAR IN OUR COLLEGE STUDY BD.....I M CONFUSE!!...WT TO DO...!!.....SECONDLY I LIKE TO STUDY 1 BOOK...BCOZ IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR ME TO RECIEVE IT DURING EXAMINATION PREPS!!...HELP PLZ......THANKX,


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