Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

Fourth Year Anatomy

Electronic Resources

  • Applications
    • Visible Body
  • Aukland’s Videos
  • Website
    • University of Michigan Site
    • UptoDate


  • Anatomy Coloring Book*
  • BRS Gross Anatomy*
  • Color Atlas of Human Anatomy
    • Gilroy Atlas
    • Grants Color Atlas of Anatomy
    • Netter’s Atlas**
    • Rohen’s Dead Body Book*
    • Theime Atlas of Anatomy*
  • Essential Clinical Anatomy (AKA Baby Moore)
  • Grant’s Dissector
  • Gray’s Anatomy*
  • Haine’s Neuroanatomy
  • Moore’s Clinically Oriented Anatomy*
  • Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases

Additional Resources

  • Netter’s Flashcards


  • Eat, drink and sleep in the anatomy lab.
  • Just endure if it is not your thing. Use atlas, go to lab as often as possible since I found learning on real body is much better.
  • Except for the structures that associated with a common/major disease, detailed anatomy is not that important comes rotation.
  • Study as much as you can during anatomy labs. Stay after the dissection to learn the anatomy while the facilitators are present.
  • Do not fall behind.
  • Utilize lab because it’s an awesome experience and goes by fast.
  • Get into the lab and study the real anatomy, not just cartoons.
  • Memorize, memorize, memorize – Make the most out of lab time and open lab. Learn the relationships between all structures.
  • Spend extra time in the lab with cadavers.
  • If you’ve never taken anatomy before, do a brief prep course at the onset. DIT has one. Knowing the names and where you’re expected to end up knowledge-wise is 75% of the battle. Form a study group early. It’s hard because you probably don’t know anyone well yet. But try, just to hammer through name, function and innervation at least.
  • Drawing things out really helps.
  • OMM – helped learn anatomy incredibly well
  • Go into lab! The best way to learn is to see it and touch it in lab.
  • Spend as much time in anatomy lab as possible. It really helps make it easier.
  • Learn only main muscles, nerves, bones, and vasculature. Every lab, ask a professor to point out items once you’re finished dissecting. Memorize the day’s tasks at that lab, and before starting a new day, review what you learned the week before. This habit is the most effective way to retain info and improve recall.
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