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Neuro Neuroanatomy between Najeeb and High Yield!

I’m starting my prep with neuroanatomy, I’m so weak at it, but I don’t know how to approach this difficult topic, I watched Kaplan videos but didn’t like it, felt like he just reads slides so I decided to move to dr.najeeb, It’s so time consuming (about 66 hrs )

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1- Should I watch the whole of dr.najeeb vid ?

2- I just want to stick with Kaplan except for path but I keep seeing ppl saying “read HY it’s important “, is not Kaplan enough? what’s special in HY ?

3- I read many experiences telling that CTs & MRIs are so important, how to study them?

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Neuroanatomy can be daunting and this is understandable, but once you understand it, it's pretty straightforward. Now wrt Dr Najeeb's lectures, they're good and will help you understand neuroanatomy, but it all depends on whether you have nearly ~70 hours to spare. I started off with Najeeb's lectures, but realised that it would take forever and quickly switched across. Don't get me wrong though, Najeeb's lectures are pretty good, but right now I prefer concepts without the gimmicks and repetition!

Let's put it this way. KLN neuroanatomy lasts 9 hours and they are pretty well structured. Even if you were to watch this twice and utilise 18-20 hours more to supplement with Wikipedia/Youtube/Google (assuming 2 hours per KLN hour), you'll still finish in half the amount of time, and probably the information won't get super diluted after ~70 hours. I do agree that the videos are heavy (probably condensed information), but I split it up into small sections and was able to get thru it by not doing too much at a stretch.

You can then 'review' HY Neuroanatomy along with UW+FA. Once you've got your bearings of the structures, reviewing said structures on CT/MRI will become much easier.

In addition to some of the links that you'll find on this forum, I found these useful. I'm not sure if you may find it useful but see if you can skim read the first link like a quick overview, I say quick (but I know it's long!).
Neuroscience Tutorial
AXON - UCD Neurology Videos (useful for tracts)
Dr Clark Neuro Review - He makes pretty good video podcasts as well, search for them on Google.

For neuroimaging, the following resources were useful.
Salamon's Neuro Atlas
Harvard's Whole Brain Atlas
Temple University Neuroanatomy Lab
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Neuroanatomy can be daunting and this is understandable, but once you understand it, it's pretty straightforward. Now wrt Dr Najeeb's lectures, they're good and will help you understand neuroanatomy, but it all depends on whether you have nearly ~70 hours to spare. I started off with Najeeb's lectures, but realised that it would take forever and quickly switched across. Don't get me wrong though, Najeeb's lectures are pretty good, but right now I prefer concepts without the gimmicks and repetition!

Let's put it this way. KLN neuroanatomy lasts 9 hours and they are pretty well structured. Even if you were to watch this twice and utilise 18-20 hours more to supplement with Wikipedia/Youtube/Google (assuming 2 hours per KLN hour), you'll still finish in half the amount of time, and probably the information won't get super diluted after ~70 hours. I do agree that the videos are heavy (probably condensed information), but I split it up into small sections and was able to get thru it by not doing too much at a stretch.

You can then 'review' HY Neuroanatomy along with UW+FA. Once you've got your bearings of the structures, reviewing said structures on CT/MRI will become much easier.
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Stick with Kaplan book and kaplan lectures. Dr. Najeed is way toooo detailed. Only do that if you dont care about how long its gonna take. But i would still recommend kaplan is enough. I knew nothing about neuroanatomy properly before starting kaplan and by the time i finished i was perfect with it. So i guarantee you it would be time worth spent and eventually even first aid neuro portion would make sense too you and you would feel that it has almost all the high yield information
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najeeb videos is too long and he tends to repeat every point multiple times.
I listened to most of them then watched kaplan videos,
najeeb videos is not aimed to discuss the high yield topics in USMLE curriculum ,but to make U understand the concepts and to master the subject and know every detail of it,so after I listened to them , I found my self obliged to scan quickly kaplan videos.
the NA take 20-day duration to finish.
my advice is to use najeeb If U R earlier in your path for these topics u face difficulty in understanding them , the topics which U find kaplan is not making U understand it well.
don't follow the temptation to watch all videos when U find that najeeb make U master the subject, only use it in subjects U have weak basis in.
for me difficult subjects were like diencephalon, cerbellum, basal nuclei,thalamus, hypothalamus, vestibular system
If U r not mastering brain stem and cranial nerves , U can watch the videos discussing basic concepts without going into the videos discussng them in detail.

I used Hi-yield book
but I discovered that kaplan in NA is not that bad.
hi yield is good in its figures of brain stem and spinal cord lesions and pictures of brain sections at the begining of the book but It gives many information of the subject without making U understand them, in contrast to kaplan which presents lesser information but with more details to make U understand them well. so U can use it beside kaplan for its figure and pictures.
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Did Najeeb twice within a month. Did Kaplan NA twice within 2 weeks. NEver understood it better. There is nothing that can come on the exams which you cannot answer regarding brain nerves spinal cord if u know these 2…nothing..
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Dr Najeebs vidoes are really good.
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