MBBS UGStudy StrategyHow to study Anatomy in MBBS 1st Year?

How to study Anatomy in MBBS 1st Year?

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1st Year/Professional MBBS ANATOMY Strategy/Study Tip :

First year of MBBS is indeed a roller coaster ride for most of us. This is the first time we get exposed to professional life. There will be highs and lows. The trick is to not lose your composure in either.

This year is solely for making your Fundamentals strong. And if you have a proper guidance & if you are already ready and aware of what you would have to face and how to react, the adaptation process would become so easy.

Lets first get started with the Basic things one must know & implement during First year & most probably also in later years of academic life.

Basic Tips to cope up with course content :

  1. “Internal marks are not a reflection of your intelligence, capability to study and your efforts.” 

Don’t get anxious, and definitely do not blame yourself if you were a good student before but ain’t doing well in semesters- it is part of the system.

  1. Be prepared for all kinds of negative energy.
  • The professors are going to taunt you. This is a sort of psychological tactic to try and scare you into studying – it works for some people, and puts others in depression.
  • The seniors are going to rag you or atleast exploit you a little. I’m not in favour of this but if not extreme, it somehow makes you more tough & helps you open up in a whole new life.
  • You may even “fail” an internal. I’m not saying take that lightly, but it’s not the end of the world. Learn from it, move on.
  • People around you will stress out and drag you into it too.  If you stay in a hostel, this may be hard to avoid, but try to stay positive anyway! Talk to your family often or do things by yourself or people outside your class when you take a break. Do not give into the peer-pressure of negative thinking.
  1. Choose your books early in the year and stick to them.
  • There are so many textbooks out there and way too much free advice on which of them to use. But you have to be the judge for yourself.
  • Before you rush to buy your books, do some browsing at the library. Pick a topic and look it up in different books and see which one helps you understand it the easiest. Then decide the right books for you and stick to studying from them.
  • People all around you will tell you their books are so much better, and that may tempt you to study each chapter from a different book – refrain from this.
  • It’s okay to occasionally refer to other books for those topics that are a little lacking in your chosen text, but try not to go overboard.
  1. It’s okay to not know everything.
  • College is a whole leap forward from school, where you’re not going to know every book from cover to cover.
  • Accept that there will always be some things you may not know as well as others. 
  • Prioritise the most important content and revise it more often than content of less priority.

Individual Subject Guidance :

The First Year is divided into 3 Subjects : ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY.

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ANATOMY is subdivided into : Gross Anatomy, Osteology, Embryology & Histology.

Gross Anatomy :

  • It is the study of anatomy at the visible or macroscopic level. This deals with the structures of the body that are visible to the naked eye. Structures such as muscles, bones, vessels, nerves,  digestive organs & skin are studied.
  • Anatomy is actually most vast among the three subjects. A boy who had just cleared the NEET by reading NCERT text books for him seems that he will not be able to cover this deadly subject within 1st year.But believe me it is the most interesting subject.

 Standard Textbook : BD Chaurasia or Vishram Singh

 Reference : Gray’s Anatomy, Netter Atlas of Anatomy

  • For diagrams, do prefer Vishram Singh. It has easy line diagrams to learn & draw.
  • ALWAYS make your notes under headings –
  • Intro
  • Origin and Insertions
  • Relations
  • Blood supply
  • Lymphatics
  • Nerve involved
  • Clinical anatomy (Most Important)

Make sure you make diagrams under all these headings . This is because even if you run out of time, the diagram will fetch you more scores than your lines.

Histology :

It deals with Microscopic Anatomy. A tissue section is placed onto the Microscope & looked for its normal microscopic finding. (Though it generally looks just pink & blue to most of the students)

  • Learn to identify the basic tissues.
  • If you can identify this, your histology is 50% done. Focus on epithelia, nuclei position, fat cells, muscle fibres, tendons, the way they look in different sections, etc. This will further help you to identify other organs and structures.
  • Read theory and simultaneously refer to the slide.
  • This will make your idea of the slide clear. Refer IB Singh or J P Gunasegaran for theory. It gives you the appropriate description of the cells and structures.
  • Use Di Fiore’ s Atlas for slides. It’s given wonderfully in this book. The slides are both on low and high power.
  • Always have a look at the slide in both low and high power if possible.
  • This will help you in co-relating the views and becomes easy for you to identify structures no matter on what power the microscope is set.
  • Draw diagrams sincerely in your journals.
  • Trick to identify slides ( Not helpful everytime)
  • For average students, under time pressure, to get marks & to pass in exam, this method is advisable.

Just learn the shape, contrast, feature & color of stain on Slide. It really helps in slide determination.

Embryology :

  • Standard Books recommended : Inderbeer Singh, Langman.
  • Though this subject doesn’t get much priority from the students, it’s indeed needed to make the fundamentals of anatomy stronger.
  • You would also need to have embryological concepts about different organs in the later years of MBBS. So, better read it in First year.
  • You can follow Youtube videos to build the concept. There are a bunch of good & easy videos there.

Osteology :

  • BE READY to sleep with the bones. This is going to be tough if you have some kind of phobia of this.
  • Reading a single osteology book is enough. Osteology is fun in the beginning but definitely gets harder towards the end.
  • Studying Osteology needs to be integrated with the study of Gross Anatomy.

BOOK Recommended : Poddar or Faruqi.

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Best Wishes for your future endeavours. I hope this must have helped you studying Anatomy in MBBS First Year.

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How to study Physiology in MBBS First Year?

How to study Biochemistry in MBBS First Year?

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