Cramming for gross

Ever heard of speed dating? Well, I just did speed tutoring. I think our entire class showed up and crammed into the two labs. They had 20 stations set up with tutors, and we switched stations every seven minutes when someone blew a whistle. One station had the superficial back muscles. One had the brachial plexus on a dry erase board. One had the brachial plexus on a cadaver. Most of the tutors were great. One told me the head of the ulna wasn’t distal (compared to the head of the radius, which is proximal), which was flat out wrong, but the rest of the material seemed pretty spot on.

The club sponsoring the event was the CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Society). They were raising money for a medical mission trip. The big dissection lab had bible quotes at every station. It was ironic seeing the tutors deftly flip back muscles to reveal structures underneath and stroke nerves with their gloved fingers when the Vatican prevented human dissection for so long. And, it was funny hearing the tutors drop expletives like “hell” and “fuck” and mnemonics like “Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle” (two points to anyone who knows what that is for) under their respective bible verse signs. In the smaller prosection lab, they had random inspiring secular quotes on each sign. I was amused that one was by Nietzsche. God is dead, and so were the cadavers, I thought.


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2 responses to “Cramming for gross

  1. Leigh

    That’s an easy one. Scaphoid, lunate, triquetral, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate bones. Did I spell those right? 😉

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