sixteen "high-yield" anatomic mnemonics:

 

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 heavens involves the serratus anterior muscle, innervated by the long thoracic nerve (cervical spinal nerves 5, 6, 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.