Anatomy and Physiology for Beginners

Studying the human body can be really interesting if you look at it as a beautiful story. Understanding the structure and the mechanism and remembering everything is a difficult task if you don’t enjoy studying it, but if you see it as an unfolding story, then this fascination will make sure you don’t get bored!

So What is Anatomy and Physiology?

Learning the structure and the relationship between the different body parts is what we call learning Anatomy. Physiology is all about understanding the function of the body and the body as one system. We can specialize in different areas as well. But Anatomy and Physiology together cover the understanding of the whole body.

The 13 Systems You’ll Be Studying

Medicine is a huge field, but anatomy and physiology broadly break down into 13 modules. If you’re new to med school, chances are you’ll first receive a brief introduction to each topic before you dive in deeper.

Some systems that you will study are.,

  1. Circulatory System
  2. Respiratory System
  3. Urinary system
  4. Hematologic system m
  5. Immunologic System
  6. Gastrointestinal system
  7. Nervous system
  8. Muscular system
  9. Skeletal systems
  10. Integumentary systems
  11. Lymphatic systems
  12. Reproductive system
  13. Anatomic Terminology

From Molecules All the Way Up

You’ve discovered the 13 disciplines above. In addition to them, you’ll also be learning about the five stages that the body performed, which goes from the basic molecular level all the way up to your largest organs working in tandem. Lets look at them one by way:

Chemical stages – learning from the stage where it’s about combinations of molecules or atoms. This is where one will dig deep in to the subject and understand the basis of each system in molecular point of view.

Cell Stages – Then for each system, cells arrangement will be identified. How cells are specialized for different functions in different systems.

Tissue Stage – Cells combine together and make tissues. This part one will learn about the types of tissues in the body and how it will change from system to system.

Organ stage – The cells get organized and make units which will enable to do a particular activity in the body.

System stage – two or more organs will together and accomplish a specific task. For example the digestive system requires many organs to perform the required task every single day!

The Body Is Like a Flow Chart

When you look at it, it’s like a flow chart. Each and every system has this flow. If we take nervous system, what will we be learning? We will learn the atomic nature of the body first. Then we will understand about one neuron cell and the characteristics. Next we will understand how the neurons get together and make the neuron system in the body. Then we will learn how it functions. Then we will learn how the ideal function get deviated due to various reasons. Finally, we will learn deviations and prevention for deviations. At the same time, you know how your body anatomy is structured as well.

Having a sound knowledge about Anatomy and Physiology will enable to understand your whole body in a holistic manner. But it is tiresome to memorize and remember all this information. One need to study continuously and keep memorizing the subject matter every day to become an expert. Looking at the body like a fascinating story will help you stay motivated, and keep studying even when it gets hard.

USE IT or LOSE IT, future Docs!

Have you all ever heard the phrase: “If you don’t use it, you lose it”? To what degree is this true? When it comes to medical knowledge, it makes perfect sense–specially by considering the amount of info involved.

Each med student has many tasks to deal with so keeping up with the updates and refreshing one’s core knowledge doesn’t seem that easy. Yet, it isn’t that hard if you integrate it into your lifestyle. In view that what works for some doesn’t work for everyone, I’ll present a few best practices for you to decide wisely.

Try to think of knowledge as a lifestyle

In fact, learning should be a lifelong practice; just like the lifestyle changes you’ll be asking patients to make when they are diagnosed with a chronic condition. Let’s put it simple: make it a habit naturally incorporated into your daily life and then it won’t look so overwhelming.

If you are not the kind of student who likes sitting down with a pile of books in a room at the end of the day or during breakfast/lunch/dinner, you might be one of those who prefers learning while being on the go. For example, you could do it on the elliptical machine at the gym or on your daily bus/tram commute. As you sweat it out on the machine, you’ll absorb relevant information that could be beneficial afterwards.

While exercising, you could also listen to specific podcasts. Some suggestions are the New England Journal of Medicine podcast with Steve Morrissey or the one with Joe Elia: NEJM Journal Watch, as well as general news podcasts from NPR or The Economist. It’s not about listening to them all every day; just some of it.

Your smartphone can turn into a useful learning tool while commuting

For instance, you may read Journal Watch content in general medicine, hospital medicine, diabetes, etc. This method might be interesting for those who hear something once and don’t have it down cold, so they need to reinforce the information they get (e.g. some of the daily headlines from First Watch get explored further in Journal Watch stories).

Others are more of visual learners and for that, I would recommend using some question banks as you’d be able to go through a great deal of questions at a manageable pace. You’d also have more time to review what you didn’t answer right. Speeding up your test-taking skills is as critical as increasing your knowledge, as advised by Judi Kesselman-Turkel & Franklynn Peterson in their bestseller work Testtaking Strategies.

Keeping up with the latest information is just part and parcel of the job, and that’s when Qupi enters the game. It makes students review essential topics; the core medical info that is to be constantly reviewed if you want to be a respectful clinician right after your med studies. I believe that is your main goal, isn’t it?

It may sound like doing all this means spending countless hours on learning

Yet, it’s not really the case. It amounts to maybe 15 minutes a day (or a bit more depending on your availability). Just put in a little time up front by signing up for alerts from products like Qupi and it will all come to you. My advice to someone who thinks this is too much work: start small, and build a habit. Don’t bite off more than you can chew (:

Some YouTube channels are handy too

For example, Future Doc House explains medical issues and shares the knowledge he gained through his medical studies. You can also find material linked with microbiology via easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point practical videos. In this way, you’d benefit from the net.

Go find the sources that suit you better and discover your personalized routine (remember not to compare yourself though, as per my previous article). Once you set it up, sticking to it turns out not to be that tough.

Does any of the recommendations above make sense at all? If so (or if not) please leave your comment or any doubt/question below. A last phrase I’d like you to remember: practice makes perfect, so keep trying and assess your own outcome as you move forward. To subscribe to Qupi, click on the link that follows => Continue with Facebook

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