Human Gross Anatomy

This is the class that most people associate with medical school, and it is one of the hardest classes of the year. A lot of the difficulty comes from your inevitable inexperience. After a little time, you’ll become more comfortable and know how to study better.

Exams are given in clusters, meaning that all of your classes will have exams within two or three days. Each anatomy exam is split into a multiple choice written exam and a lab practical.

NOTE: You will buy/rent dissection kits and extra blades from the Center’s office. It is really unnecessary to purchase the “Dissector” for lab, as Dr. Saxon has adapted the book for computer format, and computers are at each lab station. Also, Dorland’s Medical Dictionary is overkill. It is highly recommended that you purchase the required textbook (Moore) and a copy of Netter’s Atlas.


Study the given notes. Tests are straightforward and based on the lectures. You don’t need to read that much (or at all), but you should study your notes well. Student reaction to the text, Lippencott Biochemistry, was mixed. Some students found it helpful for board review, while others thought that it was inadequate and recommended relying instead on an undergraduate biochemistry book.


Histology is the study of the microscopic structure and function of cells and tissues. It is the bridge between materials presented in biochemistry and anatomy. Study the notes and know them well for exams—they are multiple choice. There is also a lab component to each exam that will require identification of microscope specimens and figures from the notes. The textbooks were not significantly useful, although the Atlas of Histology is good for lab.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)

ICM touches upon the humanistic characteristics of the study of medicine. The doctor-patient relationship is stressed. There are no exams, and it is a pass/fail course. This class is a good reminder of why you are in medical school. Time is spent interacting with a wide range of people, including playing with kids in a daycare, doing patient interviews, and shadowing home health care nurses. No texts are necessary, and handouts are provided.


This course deals with the aspects of the human immune response. Even though this course is only listed as two credit hours, it deals with a substantial amount of detail. Many students recommend the textbook for this class. The lectures and exams (multiple choice) are based off of the text and handouts.


This course focuses upon the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Former students highly recommended purchasing and studying from a review book. Course structure includes lectures, labs, clinical case presentation. Exams are multiple choice.


Physiology is worth the nine credits, the most of any of our classes, but fortunately it is well organized and the material is not difficult. The book is unnecessary. The final grade is based on quizzes, exams, and team based learning (TBL) exercises. Most students used notes, practice quizzes and exams, and the BRS to study for both the course exams and the NMBE.


Study of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and neural pathways. The objectives of the course are to study previously dissected brains and to apply knowledge of the neural pathways to solve clinically-based problems. Taking good notes is a must. The exams cover materials presented in lectures and are fill-in-the-blank, true-false (correct the false), and multiple-multiple choice. Some students recommend the text and atlas.

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