Everything I learned in Medical School: Musculoskeletal Block


I thought it would be informative if I started a “series” on my blog titled “Everything I learned in Medical School” for every block we have. This series is obviously not all inclusive, but more of an overview of important take-aways. Since our first block was basically just undergraduate classes at a faster pace to make sure everyone had the same foundation no matter what their previous major was, I won’t being doing a post for it. Musculoskeletal was our first medical school system to cover and I really enjoyed it! So here it!

Evertthing I learned in Medical School: Musculoskeletal (MSK) Block

This block focused on anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology of the muscles and bones of the human body. We also began our dissections of our cadavers this block.

What I learned:

  • There wouldn’t be doctors if people didn’t donate their bodies to science. I’m so thankful to all of the amazing donors and their families for giving us this opportunity to learn.
  • The brachial plexus does exist, and it is just as complicated as it sounds. It also looks nothing like the picture in the books!
  • The number one most predictive factor for osteoarthritis is a previous injury to the area
  • Long distance running can cause lots of serious damage to your knees and joints over your lifetime (ugh…)
  • Mechanism of injury is everything for sports and trauma related injuries. Taking a patients history is sooo important!
  • Sawing off a cast isn’t as scary as it seems. The saw won’t even cut through skin unless it’s left in one spot for a long period of time, I had no idea!
  • Kids heal FAST – bones, muscles, everything.
  • Anatomy practicals are hard – especially when only given a short amount of time to think. The pressure can break you!
  • When a football player is injured and the group of trainers runs onto the field, the first person to check the player out is generally an orthopedic surgeon (at least for our college team)
  • Joint replacements work and can drastically improve a patients quality of life, even when they are relatively young.
  • Your vertebral column is the key to everything. Well not really, but mal-alignments here can effect soo many other things you would never expect.
  • We have an incomprehensible amount of muscles in the bottom (plantar side) of each foot.

So there you have it, what I learned from MSK block! I look forward to learning just a couple more things in Block 3! 😉

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