A couple first year students have reached out for tips on studying anatomy. Here’s how I (luckily) scraped up an A in one of the slightly harder courses in didactic. Looking back, anatomy still remains one of my favorite courses!
FYI: Our school anatomy lab was arranged in team based groups of 4-5 students to one cadaver. None of the dissections were done for us (no prosections).
Books I recommend:
1. Board review series (BRS) Anatomy—Best $10 I ever spent! I used thriftbooks.com to find mine. Not a plug, but you can find me on this website a lot bc seriously...what is better than inexpensive books? (Not related but used BRS immunology/microbiology for didactic also).
FYI: I used the 6th edition but traded up to the 8th edition now that I graduated--I have it as a reference in my office. Either edition will work (anatomy doesn't change much!)
2. Netter’s Anatomy—This is a classic textbook for anatomy. The E-version is shown here. Also loved Netter’s anatomy flash card
3) Color Atlas of Anatomy by Rohen, Yokochi, Lutjen-Drecoll--Probably one of the best anatomy books because it shows real images of human anatomy dissections. If you were ever in lab & thought, “How am I supposed to find this structure if we’re referring to a cartoon drawing?”—then this book is for you! Also great for those times you can't make it to lab to study
4. Atlas of Anatomy by Gilroy, MacPherson, and Ross—similar to Netter’s anatomy. A little lower on my list of must get books, but some classmates preferred this one instead of Netter's. To each his own!
That's all! Hope you enjoyed & best of luck! If you have any recommendations on what worked for you, please leave them below :)