I’ve mentioned before, but these last two weeks I’ve been busy with ARCOM’s Anatomy bootcamp. The summer course takes the first 5 weeks of anatomy and crams it into two. Yes, it is as intense as it sounds. The first day we got a quick orientation of the campus and some I.T. pointers and then it was off to the races. By 0900 we were on our first lecture and it never slowed down.
The setup for the course is lecture from 0900-1200 and then lab from either 1300-1500 or 1500-1700. They split us into two lab groups, so we switched lab times every other day. One of the benefits of the course is that the lab time involved working with actual cadavers. I’ll admit, I was a little nauseous that first day and occasional strong whiffs of the formaldehyde really got to me, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Luckily we started on the muscles of the back first so it wasn’t so…personal. All of the instructors were really open about the fact that if we needed to step out for a second that it was completely acceptable and there would be no judgement.
We cover the muscles of the back, shoulder, upper and lower arm, spine, lower back, and upper thigh regions. We also went over the nerves, arteries, veins, and bones of those areas. On top of that was also an intro to histology, embryology weeks 1-8, and a little neuroanatomy for good measure. In two weeks!
With all of that crammed on our plates, you can image it that it was a little stressful, but that was one of the reasons I decided to take the course in the first place. I’ve been out of school for about 2 years now and I never really took anatomy, or at least not anatomy like this. I wanted the refresher, but I also wanted myself in the right mentality for school. I will fully admit that I have no study habits. I worked all through college, there just wasn’t any time. Well, okay, that’s a lie, I had some time to study, but other than physics (curse you physics!), I never needed to study, so I never learned how. This class has been a great help in making me feel more prepared for the real thing.
The course ended Friday, June 20th with an 84 question lecture exam and a 30 question Anatomy ID test. It kicked my butt, but I was smack in the center of the grade average, so at least I know I wasn’t the only one. I have a lot of ground to cover, but I know what I need to work on now. I look forward to meeting the rest of the class on the 30th.