After college anatomy, med school anatomy, and several patients with knee problems, I have finally sat down and learned my knee anatomy – but only because I knew I’d have to teach it to the first years tonight.
And in retrospect, I don’t know what was so damned hard about it.
It’s like doing your laundry. You put it off for weeks, thinking it’s “too much work”, and then you do it and you’re like, “Oh, wait, no – I’m just lazy.” (… No? Just me?)
I suspect it seemed too hard because 1) all the initials make it seem like there’s more ligaments than there really are, 2) no one ever shows any simplified diagrams before jumping right to the 100% anatomically accurate stuff and 3) people teaching the knee tend to forget how confusing it looks at first.
Professor: Just like the ACL, MCL, and LCL – the action of the PCL obviously makes sense. Any questions?
Me: Yes. But only about the stuff that “obviously makes sense”… because I’m an idiot.
But to be fair, I used to teach MCAT classes and I did the exact same thing. That’s just what happens when you have to cover 3.5 hours of material in 3 hours – you inevitably assume you know which parts are easy for your students, and if you get it wrong, you feel like a total jerk.
Me: Look at how clear that passage was, especially when there’s so many difficult ones on the test! This is exactly why you NEED to triage the verbal section.
Students: … *panicked expressions*
Me: <– in all of test-taking history, never once actually “triaged” a verbal section.
Me: <– what a jerk.
While we’re on the subject of anatomy, here’s a slide that was actually included in the 1st year’s foot lecture.
I like how nicely it sums up absolutely everything you need to know about med school lectures.