Originally Posted by Genecks
Qs: Do you think it's possible to bias one's graduate studies in order to prepare for medical school courses, such as taking a histology course? A neuroanatomy course?
Originally Posted by QofQuimica
Not for the most part, unless you are taking the class that the med students take. Like the study skill set, the knowledge set you need is also different for grad school versus med school, although there is some overlap.
I have to agree with QofQuimica here. Since your example was to do with neuroanatomy I thought I'd chime in...
I took neuroanatomy when I was a PhD student (in neuroscience), and from what I've seen we had pretty little overlap with the med students' version of neuroanatomy. Our version spent about one-third of the term doing descriptive anatomy, and two-thirds of the term learning about the theory and application of various neuroanatomical research techniques (tracing, immunohistochemistry, lesion methods, fancy microscopes, etc. etc.).
From what I can tell, med students probably end up knowing more neuroanatomy in the sense that they can point to spots on a diagram and say "Brodmann area 46!" but they probably aren't asked to read decades-old research papers detailing the first attempts at diffusion weighted MRI like my class did.
But come to think of it, after I gave a talk once when I was in grad school, one of my professors asked if she could have some of my slides for a lecture she was giving to med students, so maybe there can be a tiny bit if overlap