Friday, September 23, 2011

Where babies come from and other things

Everyone's early baby pictures would look like this.
We had our first Embryology lecture today. The consensus was "OMG that's a lot of information all at once" but the lecturer was good. I'm glad I've already had kids though because I imagine being pregnant while knowing all the things that can go wrong would drive a person insane.

From the beginning of life to the end.

Gross Anatomy started today. There is a lot of variance in size and health, but we are very lucky with our cadaver. He doesn't have a lot of fat while having decent musculature. Having surveyed the rest of the room, it is a rare combination that makes our job much easier. We have named him Atlas Revadac (cadaver spelled backwards because one of our group members really wanted to give him that last name). His back was so nice everyone else was told to come to our table to look at him.

I have a copy of Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy being shipped from Amazon and sent an email to my sister to see if she still has her copy of Gray's before buying one. Our group did well though, we finished a bit ahead of schedule so we flipped all the muscles back to their original position and had a review. I think the plan is to go back over everything again at the beginning of lab on Monday.

The course director for Gross Anatomy was saying today in lecture how he liked for people to come to class because he felt like it made it worth his time for there to actually be students to teach to. Same sort of thing for going to the lab. Someone, or their family, had to choose to donate their body, someone has set up the facility and multiple people who could be doing research or teaching a class are staffing the anatomy lab. It is disrespectful all the way down the line not to go. Plus, you can probably guess, our group is just motivated in general to be there.


  1. Enjoy's a really interesting (albeit often tiring and demoralizing) part of training. I thought Netter's was a great resource for anatomy, although it didn't provide any information on what the different parts of the body actually do. If you need a resource on the functions of the body, I found Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Moore and Dally to be a great textbook.

  2. i've been checking your awesome blog for a while. i'm applying to duke soon. all the detailed "insider scoop" you write about is very much appreciated!! Thankssss!! :)

  3. Solitary Diner, Thanks for the recommendation! I will keep it in mind.

    Anonymous, Aw, thank you :) Good luck with the application process. There really is a great community at Duke (and I've been meaning to write a "things I like about Duke" post but just haven't gotten around to it!).