The first phase of my Medical School training was interesting both Knowledge and Experience wise.
In this post, I will be highlighting the courses I took in my first two Semesters, with emphasis on the ones that really piqued my interest.
The Human body is fascinating and Gross Anatomy gives an overview of it, structurally speaking. We studied the four major divisions of the systems in the body: Upper & Lower limbs, Thorax & Abdomen, Pelvis & Perineum, then Head & Neck. The last part intrigued me the most. Learning about the structures in the triangles of the neck and the gross features of the human skull/brain were some of my best moments in Anatomy.
Histology helps you to appreciate what goes on at the cellular/tissue level of the body. That way you know more about the finer details of your skin, eyes, bones, muscles, hair and more. Viewing microscopic slides and trying to determine what structures or epithelial tissues they were, was demanding but thankfully I can relate with some of them now.
Have you ever wondered how a baby gets formed in the womb? Embryology gives you the step by step guide from fertilization, to implantation, and the entire course of in-utero human development.
What fascinates me most about this subject is knowing & remembering specific dates. It was fun learning about the nitty-gritty of how & when each organ of the body is formed.
This subject is directly related to all forms of medical research. It draws data on the distribution, morbidity and mortality of various diseases. This way Physicians have the advantage of knowing that certain diseases are endemic to specific places, races or age-groups. The challenge was in wrapping my head around various formulas as I tried to determine the Incidence, Prevalence or Case-Fatality of a disease or the Sensitivity and Specificity of a diagnostic test. It was fun while it lasted though.
Everything you need to know about how your body functions, from the way your heart pumps blood to how your stomach digests food, is covered in this subject. Physiology is indeed the backbone of Medicine. It’s only by knowing what is normal, that we can better understand that which is an aberration. My favorite aspect remains Endocrinology. Knowing about the hormones produced in the body and what vital roles they play in our daily activities is astounding.
Genetics may be likened to the study of elements in Chemistry. It deals with the very core of our human existence- the DNA. Although it seemed abstract for most part, I learnt many useful details about certain diseases. More than that, I got to know about some terrible medical conditions I never hope to come across in my medical career.
This is where Chemistry meets Biology. When I think of this subject, I think of Pathways and Enzymes, and more Pathways and Enzymes. Shall I tell you of Glycolysis or Gluconeogenesis or the Krebs cycle? No, I won’t bore you with such ‘gory’ details. But just know that there’s more to what meets the eye happening in your body, right now. I particularly enjoyed learning about the 20 amino acids required for our normal body functioning. Some of those names sound really nice…Leucine, Valine, Isoleucine, Glutamate..lol. You should look them up.
This tells you all about your nervous system i.e. Your brain, spinal cord and the nerves in every nook and cranny of your body. It’s a beautiful subject reserved for beautiful minds. Learning about the functional areas of the brain is the most amazing part. I can’t seem to get enough of it. In retrospect, Neuroanatomy isn’t as complex as it appeared few months ago. As we know, the brain is the most important organ in the body. A man who is brain-dead is clinically dead in Medical practice.
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