With acronyms, the first letters of the items in a list are put together to form a word. For instance, the acronym SCALP is used to remember the layers of the scalp:
S = Skin
C = Connective tissue
A = Aponeurotic layer
L = Loose connective tissue
P = Pericranium
Related to the word-type acronym is one in which you remember a sentence in which the first letter of each word corresponds to an item on the list. For instance, to remember the carpal bones:
“Some Lovers Try Positions That They Cannot Handle”
S = Scaphoid
L = Lunate
T = Triquetrum
P = Pisiform
T = Trapezium
T = Trapezoid
C = Capitate
H = Hamate
These are effective mnemonics, since the letters all are nouns and refer to specific anatomical structures in the region. There is little else that the letters could refer to.
It is difficult to find good acronymns, however. In many, the letters are not necessarily nouns, and they could refer to so many things that they are hardly worth the effort to memorize, except perhaps for an exam the next day. They are quickly forgotten.
You can find many lists of acronyms by googling “medical mnemonics.”
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2 thoughts on “Memory Techniques for Med School #10 Acronyms”
I prefer: *Sooo Long To Pinky, Here Comes The Thumb*
I write it as “Sooo” because it’s as if you’re exhausted and the pinky is sooo far away you can barely make it. I think this is an improvement because it helps with your orientation ie where to start & the order goes in a circle from the proximal row of carpal bones to the more distal row.
(Not my creation)