Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

First Year Anatomy

Electronic Resources


  • Anatomy Coloring Book
  • BRS Gross Anatomy*
  • Color Atlas of Anatomy
    • Thieme Anatomy Atlas
    • Netter Atlas*
    • Grant’s Atlas
    • Rohen’s Color Atlas of Anatomy
    • Gilroy Atlas
  • Clinical Radiology Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Grant’s Dissector
  • Gray’s Anatomy
  • Lippincott’s Anatomy and Embryology
  • Moore Clinical Oriented Anatomy
    • Essential Clinical Anatomy (AKA Baby Moore)

Additional Resources

  • Anatomy Models
  • Gray’s Anatomy Review Questions (6)
  • Netter Flashcards (7)
  • Rohen’s Flashcards


  • Master pictures and cartoon versions of structures before lab
  • Go to class every day
  • Write your own practice test questions
  • Don’t try studying from an atlas only. Always spend plenty of time in lab with someone who knows what they are talking about. Guessing what you are looking at will only hurt you in the end. Bodies all look different (color size etc) so view as many as possible. Also remember to treat the cadaver as a person. They volunteered their body to your education so respect that. He or she was a child, parent, and/or sibling. If you remember this, you will never lose respect for your cadaver.
  • Spend time in anatomy lab. It can be very gross but is a great way to learn the material. When you are learning systems, it is difficult to think back about how the body looks underneath your skin!
  • Learning the structural principles of osteopathic medicine will help you learn and remember anatomy.
  • Cadavers are the best tool for learning anatomy.
  • Using the cadaver was much more helpful than I originally thought it would be. For me to understand anatomical structures, I had to touch, see, and trace out everything on the cadaver.
  • Make pneumonics and review EVERY DAY!
  • Draw out the structures/nerves/arteries/veins as much as possible.
  • Get studying tips from second year students who recently completed the course.
  • The biggest tip I have is not to let the details overwhelm the big picture. If you need to memorize all the little blood vessels in the face, keep reminding yourself of the bigger picture, like why they would be located there, or what structures they serve rather than trying to do rote memorization.
  • Spend lots of time in lab.
  • Don’t fall behind!
  • The best advice for studying anatomy is to come up with mnemonics to help you remember the different aspects of the body.
  • Spend a lot of time in anatomy lab and reviewing with group members
  • Use class lectures and notes!
  • Go over the cadavers as often as possible!

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