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hey all,
what is the best strategy for cranial nerves on step 1? First Aid is VERY condensed for the cranial nerves. HY Neuroanatomy has more. And my class notes have even more. Is it critical to memorize all the pathways? Any other suggestions?


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it's probably safe to say that knowing it as detailed as in HY neuro is sufficient. of course the more detail you know, the more "ammo" you have to answer a question, but this holds true with anything.

At least know the clinical vignettes associated w/ lesions of each CN. (cerebellar-pontine angle tumor blah blah blah)


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just my 2 cents.anatomy per se is not hi yield on the exam.
    • know FA well ALL of the exits and entries etc
    • do hi yield anat (book) and concentrate on the clinical manifestations of each nerve lesion
  • know the loc of all CN on MRI
  • its all about clinical signs...
thats all
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