Aug 31, 2023
Anatomy often proves to be a challenge for the majority of medical students.
Yet, beneath its complexity lies a subject that can become surprisingly enjoyable. It's one of those rare disciplines that instantly makes you feel like a doctor, right from your first year in college, as you step into the dissection hall.
Having said that, easy or difficult, you need to master the subject as it lays the groundwork for several other subjects.
In this blog, with the help of Dr Rajesh Kaushal, we will guide you on how to study Anatomy for MBBS Prof 1. Read further for expert insights and strategies that make this complex subject not only manageable but also enjoyable.
Dr Kaushal suggests that learning begins with asking questions. During the lectures or while attending a dissection, make sure to ask all the questions that come to your mind, even if you feel they are insignificant.
Asking questions keeps you actively engaged in the learning process and allows deeper understanding. It also allows you to retain information much better. Most importantly, it will build your critical thinking and problem solving skills that will ultimately help you crack NEET PG and become a better doctor.
To master anatomy it’s important to understand and accept the fact that you will need to rely on memorization. The subject necessitates a striking balance between conceptual understanding and memorization.
Reason being, Anatomy involves several nerves, muscles, and bones, each with distinct names that you must remember. Hence, memorization cannot be avoided. Though concepts exist, a substantial portion requires pure memorization.
However, you can make it easier by using strategic techniques. Don’t just try to memorize but integrate it with orientation and visualization to ensure retention. Use diagrams aid in visualizing structures. You can also use images or videos from dissection while studying to ensure what you are trying to memorize stays with you for a longer duration.
Another excellent trick is using mnemonics as clever memory aids. Engaging your brain in these methods can make it easier to remember the vast volumes of information, while making the subject a little more enjoyable.
Whether it is your university exam or a competitive exam like NEET PG, it’s important to recognize that over 70% of questions are repeated from previous year exams. You can really benefit from going over the previous year question papers and identifying the topics that have been asked by examiners previously.
Identify the frequently asked questions and topics, and delve deep into them. For example, questions on human histology and embryology are common, making them ideal areas for focused study.
You can go for focused learning by targeting the topics covered in previous year questions. This focused exam preparation will allow you to target and remember vital information that has high chances of being asked in the exam.
With the vastness of anatomy, it’s understandable if you don’t become an expert in every topic. Dr Kaushal recommended the selective focus approach. Know a few things about every topic and everything about a few topics. This way you can dedicate your time and efforts into strengthening the core topics that are critical for the exam.
To prepare Anatomy Dr Kaushal suggests relying on trusted resources like B.D. Chaurasia's "Human Anatomy" as a comprehensive guide. This book combines dissection methodologies, embryology, and histology, simplifying your learning process. Additionally, you can boost your learning by combining the theory from B.D Chaurasia with an Atlas of Human Anatomy like Netter. It will really help you memorize information better.
Anatomy isn't an isolated subject but it is interlinked with various other subjects as well. Learning to connect the dots and having an interdisciplinary approach will really help you master the subject and develop strong clinical skills. So, try to embrace an interdisciplinary approach while studying anatomy.
You can also always rely on the detailed and conceptual video lectures of Anatomy by Dr Rajesh Kausal available on the PrepLadder app. It is a great way to learn the subject and clarify even the most complex topics.
To hear it from the expert himself - you can watch the following YouTube video by Dr Rajesh Kausal on “How to Study Anatomy for Prof. 1”
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Kashika Walia is a Senior Content Writer at PrepLadder. She is devoted to give her readers easily digestible and high-value content that makes their journey towards their dream career incredibly easy.
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