In this project, I used clinical anatomy teaching mnemonics as "found imagery", starting points for whimsical illustration, collage, color experimentation and graphic design.

I gleaned these mnemonics from the whiteboards at Stanford’s clinical anatomy lab (brief descriptions of each mnemonic at the bottom of this page) and used Adobe Illustrator, print and paint to generate the illustrations below:

I next generated a collage, using images from each mnemonic

Collage of Sixteen Anatomic Mnemonics.jpg

I then generated a version of the "NAVEL" mnemonic in using wood/mirror as a thank you gift for my academic advisor (NAVEL is his favorite medical mnemonic) as well as a larger scale (~20 x 40 inch) version of "water under the bridge"

To accommodate at home printing, I generated US-letter paper versions of the illustrations and distorted the white spaces with pencil and B/W dermatopathology micrographs

As the project continued I thought it fitting to install a poster print of the 16 mnemomics where I was first exposed to them, the whiteboards of Stanford's clinical anatomy Dissection Lab

anatomy dissection room.jpg

The poster, however, could not remain in the anatomy lab --- the whiteboards are in constant use

I thus chose to mount the poster onto a new whiteboard, applied finger paints into the white spaces and created a border collage using recycled books, maps and Netter's flashcards

sixteen anatomic mnemonics on whiteboard

Looking back at all of the works in generated in the project, however, I like the original studies most:

Please allow me to extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. Audrey Shafer, Dr. Sakti Srivastava, Dr. Darren Salmi, Dr. Ian Whitmore and the Stanford School of Medicine for their generous support, teaching and guidance during this project and beyond --- BIG thanks! :)

 

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aortic arch, proximal to distal : ABCs ; Aorta, Brachiocephalic trunk, left common Carotid artery, left subclavian artery

 

descending aorta, proximal to distal branches : canned soup, really good in cans ; celiac, superior mesenteric, renal, gonadal, inferior mesenteric, common iliac arteries

 

thoracic duct, location in thorax : a duck between two gooses ; thoracic duct is found between azygous vein and esophagus

 

diaphragmatic piercings, vertebral levels : I ate ten vegan eggs at’a noon ; IVC at T8, vagus nerve and esophagus at T10, aorta, thoracic duct and azygous vein T12

 

retroperitoneum, structures : SAD PUCKER ; Suprarenal (adrenal) glands, Aorta/IVC, Duodenum (2nd and 3rd segments), Pancreas (except the tail), Ureters, Colon (the ascending and descending parts), Kidneys, Esophagus and Rectum

 

ureter and gonadal artery, relative orientation : water under the bridge ; urine i.e., water carrying ureters lie posterior to the anterior gonadal artery, vas deferens, or uterine artery “bridge

 

femoral triangle contents, lateral to medial : NAVEL ; Nerve, Artery, Vein, Empty space, Lymphatic

 

pulmonary arteries to bronchus, relative orientation : aRALS ; pulmonary arteries, the Right is Anterior the Left is Superior

 

external carotid artery, branches :  some aardvarks like fruit, others prefer single malt ; superior thyroid, ascending pharyngeal, lingual, facial, occipital, posterior auricular, superficial temporal, and maxillary arteries

 

facial nerve, branches : to Zanzibar by motor car, please! ; temporal, zygomatic, buccal, mandibular, cervical and posterior auricular branches.

 

brachial plexus, organization : real truckers drink cold beer ; brachial plexus organized via roots, trunks, divisions, cords, and branches.

 

brachial plexus, spinal nerve contributions : 3 musketeers assassinated 5 rats, 5 mice, and 2 unicorns musculocutaneous (C5, C6, C7), axillary (C5, C6), radial (C5, C6, C7, C8, T1), median (C5, C6, C7, C8, T1), and ulnar (C8, T1) nerves.

 

radial nerve, muscular innervations : BEAST ; brachioradialis, extensor muscles of the hand, anconius muscle, supinator, triceps.

 

serratus anterior, spinal nerve innervation : five six seven raise your hands to heaven ; raising one’s arms up towards the heavensinvolves the serratus anterior muscle, innervated by the long thoracic nerve (cervical spinal nerves 56, and 7)

 

rotator cuff, muscles : SItS ; Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, teres minor, Subscapularis

 

bicipital groove, attachments : a lady between two majors ; latissimus dorsi attaches to the humerus in between pectoralis major and teres major.

 

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