I live in Tennessee. Does anyone know how in depth the skeletal system is? ie..do we have to learn all the bones or just certain ones? also what would you suggest studying to get a heads up on Anatomy?
Apr 10, '09
The very first thing we had to learn in anatomy was all of the bones. Somehow, we did it. If it's any consolation, I didn't understand the language used when we were asked on our very first anatomy test about the bones of the skull, and FAILED IT even though I knew all of them.
It wasn't until we started going over each system and the relation of structure to function with respect to disease process that it really made sense to me. Your best bet is to break EACH AREA up into chunks. Start at the skull and work your way down. Focus 2-3 days or so on just the skull, to include all of the sutures.
Break it up further by learning the bones of the ear separate, and go from there. The whole purpose is to learn the STRUCTURE so that when the time comes, you can understand what happens when it doesn't FUNCTION. Also someone else posted about learning the broader concepts associated w/the skeletal system. That is so, so intelligent. Teach yourself about things like the bursae synovial fluid. Very basic things, that way it won't seem as overwhelming as it does right now. Consider this: If you know that synovial fluid lubricates the joints, when you see considerable swelling, or hear a patient say that their knee or shoulder "pops" when it moves, you can narrow down the fundamental cause because you know that there is synovial fluid between the joints, and it's purpose. (Not that our job is to diagnose in any shape or form, but we do need to know what's going on).
Knowing WHY the structure is there, and HOW it works, enables you to use critical thinking to come up with missing pieces in many cases, at least it does for me.
So look at it from a different angle. If you know that the femur contains yellow marrow, then you know that a fat embolus can occur with trauma. It's like a mystery to me. That's how I approach what we're learning. We know how the disease process works if we know the structure of what the disease is affecting.
See? Knowing what it does and how it functions enables you to learn much better.
Last edit by HeyHeyitsMaay on Apr 10, '09
: Reason: I said white marrow instead of yellow :D