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In your first year of medical school, the anatomy lab will quickly become your second home. This is where you’ll spend many hours dissecting cadavers and mastering human anatomy.
But you won’t be alone - your MS1 cohort will be there too.
There’ll also be plenty of coursework to cover and the ability to demonstrate clinical activities in emergency rooms or outpatient clinics.
But when it comes to memorizing MS1 human anatomy, many schools start with the the arm. So, let's visit the one place you'll never forget, the Haunted Arm Farm!
Meet the Haunted Arm Farm Cast of Characters!
Who says there’s no time for fun in your MS1 year? (Not us!)
In Anatomy Land, you’ll be surprised at how your study habits will be transformed once you start using the app. Instead of attempting to digest clunky text from hundreds of pages in a dull textbook, (or anki cards), you’ll be engaged by fun-themed stories that are packed with punny mnemonics on screen. (and if you're an anki card fanatic, we've got character cards you can use for off-screen reinforcement!)
Anatomy Land is home to colorful, memorable characters who you’ll meet in each location of the human body. Each character native to the Haunted Arm Farm represents the different muscles, muscle groups, arteries, veins, and innervations that you’ll be memorizing.
Wondering how you’ll get any study done in Anatomy Land if it’s all fast fun? Here’s how you’ll learn about the superficial muscles in the first layer of the right anterior forearm. (Watch for the bulls-eye pulses that make anatomical locations clearly targeted within the storyline.)
At Forearm Lake, the anterior muscle group is gathering. The first character to arrive at the party is Terrence…
In fact, at the Haunted Arm Farm, there’s a full-on party happening down by Forearm Lake. This is just one of the fun concepts to help you memorize the anatomy of the arm.
Let’s get better acquainted with the Pronator Teres Muscle - the fun and memorable way. Say hi to Terrence. 👋
Terrence is a retired, highly decorated veteran who fought for Anatomy Land and happily lives on the Arm Farm. He likes to have fun, especially at this spooktacular soiree, dressed as a creepy circus snake charmer. To entertain (and scare!) his forearm friends, Terrence’s costume includes a snake that’s coiled around a clown doll.
Terrence represents the Pronator Teres muscle - the fusiform muscle in the superficial layer of the anterior forearm. It’s the most lateral of the superficial muscles in this layer and forms the medial boundary of the Cubital Fossa - the area of transition between the arm and the forearm in the anterior surface of the elbow joint.
There are more characters, including Rado and Alma, the sibling sorcerers, who represent the Flexor Carpi Radialis and the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris muscles respectively. (They’re magical and mischievous!)
You get it ALL at the Haunted Arm Farm
Take a closer look at what you will have memorized after you've visited the Haunted Arm Farm!
Brachial Plexus and Upper Extremity Nerves
Roots, Trunks, Divisions, and Cords
C5 Contribution to the Phrenic Nerve, Dorsal Scapular Nerve (C5), and Long Thoracic Nerve (C5-C7).
Superior, Middle, and Inferior.
Three Anterior and Three Posterior.
Lateral, Medial, and Posterior.
Direct Branches off the Lateral Cord
Lateral Pectoral Nerve (C5-C7) and Lateral Root of the Median Nerves.
Direct Branches off the Medial Cord
Medial Pectoral Nerve (C8-T1), Medial Brachial Cutaneous Nerve (T1), Medial Antebrachial Cutaneous Nerve (C8-T1), and Medial Root of the Median Nerves.
Direct Branches off the Posterior Cord
Upper Subscapular Nerve (C5-C6), Thoracodorsal Nerve (C6-C8), and Lower Subscapular Nerves (C5-C6).
Five Terminal Branches of the Brachial Plexus
Musculocutaneous Nerve (C5-C7), Median Nerve (C6-T1), Ulnar Nerve (C8-T1), Axillary Nerve (C5-C6), and Radial Nerve (C5-T1).
Pronator Teres, Flexor Carpi Radialis, Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, Palmaris Longus, Flexor Digitorum Superficialis, Flexor Digitorum Profundus, Flexor Pollicis Longus, Pronator Quadratus, Brachioradialis Muscles, Extensor Indicis, Extensor Pollicis Longus, Extensor Pollicis Brevis, Abductor Pollicis Longus, Supinator, Coracobrachialis, Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, Triceps Brachii, Anconeus, Extensor Indicis, Extensor Pollicis Longus, Extensor Pollicis Brevis, Abductor Pollicis Longus, and Supinator Muscles.
Brachial Artery, Axillary Artery, Deep Brachial, Radial, Ulnar, Anterior Ulnar Recurrent, Posterior Ulnar Recurrent, Common Interosseous, Anterior Interosseous, Radial Collateral, Radial, Radial Recurrent, Posterior Interosseous, and Interosseous Recurrent Arteries.
Ulnar, Radial, Anterior Interosseous, Posterior Interosseous, Brachial Veins, Basilic Vein, Cephalic Vein, and Axillary Veins.
Median, Anterior Interosseous, Ulnar, and Radial Nerves (Deep Branch of Radial Nerve and Posterior Interosseous Nerve).
Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus, Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis, and Extensor Carpi Ulnaris.
Extensor Digitorum and Extensor Digiti Minimi.
Radial Nerve (C5-T1) and Musculocutaneous Nerve (C5-7).
Palmaris Brevis, Lumbricals, Adductor Pollicis, Palmar Interossei, Dorsal Interossei, Thenar Muscles (Abductor Pollicis Brevis, Flexor Pollicis Brevis, and Opponens Pollicis), and Hypothenar Muscles (Opponens Digiti Minimi, Flexor Digiti Minimi Brevis, and Abductor Digiti Minimi).
Median Nerve and Ulnar Nerve.
Thenar, Hypothenar, Central, and Adductor Interosseous Compartments.
Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetrum, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate, and Hamate.
Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis Muscles, Deltoid (Clavicular, Acromial, and Spinous), Latissimus Dorsi, and Teres Major.
Suprascapular and Circumflex Scapular Arteries.
Suprascapular and Axillary Veins.
Suprascapular Nerve, Axillary Nerve, Upper Subscapular Nerve, and Lower Subscapular Nerves.
Sign up for a free account to watch and memorize with Party at Forearm Lake - Part 1. Meet the other characters that will have you mastering arm anatomy in no time!
The Haunted Arm Farm is designed to help you recall lots more than just the anatomical term.
The characters have their own stories and connections which empowers you to memorize different parts of the arm, what they do, where they’re located AND what they’re connected to.
For each character, there’s a digital memorization card, featuring the mnemonic significance of the objects the characters hold in their hands, what they do with these objects, and what their colors represent.
For example, let’s take a closer look at what the memorization cards reveal from the video about Terrence and his clown doll:
The visuals and mnemonic characters, like Terrence, combined with the narration, captions, and anatomical drawings displayed on-screen at the same time, make Anatomy Land a unique multi-sensory, storytelling memorization tool that speeds up your memorization and retention x3!
"... the stories are easy to remember but what I like most is how I can see the anatomical location and action on the same screen, clearly tying the mnemonic story to reality. That's a memory trigger that works for me." - Skye V. MS1
Keep that arm up...
We can’t resist anatomical jokes. They make the learning experience all the more enjoyable. But the best way to keep up your anatomy memorization of the human arm is to dissect - just like you do back in the cadaver lab.
Instead, you’ll metaphorically dissect (no scalpel required) each anatomical term, spatial relation, and function of the arm into bitesize sections, enabling you to clearly understand, memorize, and retain the information you’ll need to recall from now and throughout your medical career.
Here's a Refresher
Practice #4: Study economically.
To stay up to speed in anatomy class, cover several subjects or anatomical parts with varying degrees of review each day. Then revisit what you’ve learned in intervals. For example, study anterior muscle grouping in the forearm on day 1, then review it with less and less intensity on day 2, day 4, day 7, day 12, etc.
Here are 3 fun steps to help you take full advantage of Practice #4 while speeding up your anatomy memorization and retention at triple the speed:
It's how learning anatomy should be: fast and fun.
We'll be back to take a deeper dive with a historical twist. So, join us in our next blog as we head to the south of Anatomy Land, all the way down to the human leg - or as we like to call it: Roman LEG-ends.
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