Originally Posted by StartingoverVet
A word of advice..... as far as I know, no school grades you on how "well" you do your dissection. Dissecting is a tool to learn, that is all. Way too many people get stressed out over this exact thing. At Penn anyway, you can study on anyone's specimen, so if you don't have a great dissection in one area, look at someone else's!
That is something I wish I knew first time around, I would have been much bolder in getting through the cutting part quicker, and exposing more of the specimen. Not recommending you do a complete hack job, but really nothing to be tentative about.
For real! At Mizzou they've really reminded us that we're not graded on dissection. We have a really tight dissection schedule that my group hasn't been able to meet, and so we've had to come in outside of class to clean our muscles up and catch up. I think we've got the hang of it now, but as long as you're sure you're cutting the right thing and can put it back together later to study it, just do it! Be aggressive! You'll have more time to study the actual anatomy.