Neuroanatomy Midterm: Check!

October 2, 2013 § 5 Comments

This morning we had our dreaded anatomy midterm on the brain and the spinal cord. These past few days have been really difficult and it feels so good to have this one off the docket. Though, the double weekly physiology quiz tomorrow makes the victory less savory. It’s only 21:30 and I could probably push myself to pump out another three hours if I wanted, but I can tell that my body can’t handle that tonight. I’m quite lacking in the sleep department and at this point, I would rather risk a poor grade on tomorrow’s quiz than my health. Besides, I have a 5-hour break between my early morning biochem lecture and physio, so I should be able to get a good amount of information covered – a feat that will be a lot easier with a good night’s sleep!

Since downloading the TimeSheet app last Monday (the 23rd) I’ve logged 69 hours and 35 minutes of study time. This is pure time spent studying, since I am good about pausing it and reducing the total time if I feel I wasn’t as effective. I’ve always known that we study a lot, but I don’t think I could have ever guessed just how much we study! This, in addition to our 26 hours spent in class during the week, makes for quite the heavy workload.

My examiner at this morning’s midterm was a woman I had never seen before. She was young and friendly and quite responsive. Although friendly, she was particular about the answers. I noticed that if I said something slightly wrong, I had to correct myself right away for her to ignore the mistake. What made the exam so nice for me was that she gave great positive feedback for every correct answer. It really made me relax and I was able to change from “super exam defense” mode to a more ” investigation of my knowledge” mode.

Unfortunately, I’m suffering a bit of post-exam amnesia (a term I learned from Charlotte ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) so I don’t remember everything I was asked, but here is some of what I remember. I was asked questions using cross-sections of the brain, a section exposing the hippocampus, dorsal view of the brainstem, and a sagittal section of the head. In no specific order:

  • Corpus callosum, body
  • Corpus callosum, splenium
  • Septum pellucidum
  • Vein of the septum pellucidum
  • Thalamostriate vein
  • Body of the fornix
  • Thalamus
  • Caudate nuclus
  • Lentiform nucleus (plus identify its parts)
  • Name the constituents of the corpus striatum
  • Internal capsule
  • Parahippocampal gyrus
  • Anterior cerebral artery, branches
  • Middle cerebral artery, branches
  • Posterior cerebral artery
  • Describe the fornix, its parts and where it is located
  • Third ventricle
  • Cerebral aqueduct
  • Hippocampus
  • Dentate gyrus
  • Calcar avis
  • Collateral sulcus
  • Amygdala
  • Tail of the caudate nucleus
  • Optic tract
  • Lateral geniculate body
  • Tentorium cerebelli
  • Tentorial notch
  • Transverse sinus
  • Sigmoid sinus
  • Oculomotor N – ย Identify it in the specimen and describe where it exits from the brain
  • Superior cerebellar peduncle
  • Middle cerebellar peduncle
  • Rhomboid fossa
  • Facial colliculus
  • Locus ceruleus
  • Sulcus limitans
  • Cistern of the great cerebral vein and contents

That is what I have for now! I’ll add anything else I remember. The exam couldn’t have taken more than five minutes, so it was pretty fast paced. Skjalg and I both had good exams and were so relieved for it!

Food prep this past weekend managed its way in on Sunday morning. With the stress of the upcoming week, I found myself wide awake at 7:30. What better to do that early on a Sunday morning than prep food? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was able to finish within two hours and watched someย Dr. Najeeb lectures to keep me entertained (and effective). This week’s lunch was chipotle chicken and salad. Unfortunately, we haven’t been remembering to bring it, so there will be a lot to throw out at the end of the week. Things always get a little wacky when there is this much stress…

We got creative with our studying this weekend and decided to put our craft skills to work. Our task: the cranial nerves! There are 12 nerves that exit your brain and we needed to know where they exit the brain, enter/exit one of the connective tissue layers and finally where they exit the skull. With so much info, ย it’s easy to see that this is a pretty dense topic to try and memorize:

So, we made a model using paper towels and plastic wrap for the brain,modeling clay for brain base/stem structures, string for nerves, baking paper for the dura mater, plus some tape and the skull model we have.

And here are some other random pictures from the week ๐Ÿ™‚

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§ 5 Responses to Neuroanatomy Midterm: Check!

  • Charkie says:

    oh my gosh, you guys are so artistic!

    i was suffering from some serious PEA today — a friend asked me what I was questioned about on the exam, and i could only come up with 3 things… and “there was more, i swear!!”

    good night! glad you’re getting rest ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Buda B says:

      Thanks! Was nice to use a different study method for once.

      Haha, mmhmm!! What an easy exam with only 3 questions. Corpus callosum, thalamus and cerebral hemisphere? ๐Ÿ˜‰ If only, if only. You were amazing today – as always!

      Good night to you too! See you bright and early for biochem?

      • Charkie says:

        :/ no, i dont think so ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i’ve only gone through lecture #1 for tomorrow’s quiz. bad me, i know ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  • Antonio FIorentino says:

    you will make it Bianca – and remember what your Roman ancestors used to say: Illegittimis non carborundum – something like don’t let the bastards grind you down – said with respect to your profs of course. I thought I would remind you of your Roman, Greek and likely Arab blood – not to mention original human DNA from Eritrea., and Viking too. You are a real mess!

    • Buda B says:

      Thank you, Grandpa ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh wow! Didn’t know our ancestry was so diverse! It’s hard enough explaining to people that I am Norwegian, Swedish, Eritrean and Italian. Citizen of the world ๐Ÿ˜‰

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