Dissections and New Tech

I’m in the middle of preparing for tomorrow's dissection, where we’ll be looking at a dogs elbow, carpus, and phalanges, and I thought I’d update you on how all the dissections are going. As I mentioned in the last blog post, we’re well into the 20-day dissection course, where days one and two were mainly about exposing and looking at the muscles of the forelimbs. In preparation for day three, I’m trying out something a bit different, and that is using a Wacom Intuos Draw tablet. I’ve seen videos of med students using these tablets for anatomy coursework, so when I saw that it was on sale (it was only about $40), I thought I’d give it a go.

So far, I’m pretty bad at it, but I’m thinking that if I practice enough, it’ll eventually be smoother. The tablet itself is great, and has this “pen-and-paper” feel to it that makes writing or drawing an oddly satisfying experience. When we’re in class I usually try to bring in some blank sheets of paper to draw on while the professor is demonstrating, to go in my folder alongside the dissection preparation sheets. However, since I’m using a pen, and the lessons are quite fast paced, the drawings usually come out looking like this:

What I’m thinking is that the tablet can be used to tidy the drawings up a bit, so that they’re easier to decipher when I’m revising. Since I only got the tablet this weekend, I’ve yet to try this out, but I’ll do a more thorough write-up on it if any of you are interested. As far as first impressions go, it seems pretty sturdy, yet lightweight, and it has a lot of interesting settings that you can tinker with, to modify it to your own needs.

Not sponsored by Wacom, Lenovo or Twinings. (But I'm very open to a lifetime supply of teas if anyone from Twinings were to read this.)

Not sponsored by Wacom, Lenovo or Twinings. (But I'm very open to a lifetime supply of teas if anyone from Twinings were to read this.)

Circling back to the beginning of the blog post, I still have some prep work to finish before packing my bag for tomorrow’s lectures, so I’m going to leave you with this. However, I am interested to know, if you’ve had, or are currently studying anatomy, what is/are your top tip/tips for memorizing it all? I’d love to know! Either hit me up in the comments below, or leave me an @ over at either the @Benevettobe Twitter or the @vettobe Instagram. There’s an insane amount to learn, and not nearly enough time to do so, so any advice is greatly appreciated!

Here's my first attempt at using the tablet for drawing anatomical figures. The writing part definitely takes some getting used to, but drawing on the tablet is pretty intuitive.

Here's my first attempt at using the tablet for drawing anatomical figures. The writing part definitely takes some getting used to, but drawing on the tablet is pretty intuitive.