Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

Third Year Anatomy

Electronic Resources

  • Aukland Videos
  • Practical Anatomy Lab Online Learning Site
  • Websites
  • Books
    • BRS Gross Anatomy
    • Color Atlas of Anatomy
      • Grant’s Atlas
      • Netter’s Atlas**
      • Rohen’s Color Atlas*
      • Thieme Atlas of Anatomy
    • Essential Clinical Anatomy (AKA Baby Moore)
    • Grant’s Dissector
    • Gray’s Anatomy
    • Moore’s Clinically Oriented Anatomy

Additional Resources

  • Netter’s Flashcards


  • Study routine
    • Study the books then spend a bunch of time in the lab looking at multiple cadavers and identifying parts for practicals.
    • Scan notes the day before class and pay attention to bold terms and the layout of notes
    • In class write questions in the margin real time with lecturers whose answer is reflected in the notes proximal to the aforementioned question
    • The same evening using a white board to write a spider web diagram of lecture ideas and the organization of the notes FROM MEMORY. What is missed highlight in notes. Review highlighted material next morning
    • Review the weekend following classes.
  • Spend lots of time in lab. Identifying objectives in a nice book diagram is very different than in an actual cadaver.
  • Go into the lab every weekend if possible. Its all repetitive learning.
  • Spend as much time as you can in anatomy lab.
  • I liked to draw my own pictures to really understand where things go.
  • I would keep going into lab and as you go over structures, quiz your friends/study groups about innervations, blood supply, etc. It’s all about repetition.
  • Netter’s was the best book reference as Gray’s was too much text for me to use consistently. My best advice is to take advantage of the dissection lab and the TA’s there, and to use the model room (our school had a designated classroom with anatomical models) as much as possible. Also, I found out later in the course that one of our faculty would make appointments upon request with students to do private, 1 hour tutoring sessions in the anatomy dissection lab. Great resource! Last gem I found was the University of Michigan’s anatomy website. It haa interactive models and practice quizzes that proved vital just before exams.

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