Head and Neck Anatomy
Head and Neck Anatomy

Head and Neck Anatomy

by Darren Salmi, MD, MS
Head and neck anatomy is a fundamental area of study for medical students, providing a comprehensive understanding of the structures and functions that are vital to our senses, communication, and overall well-being. Proficiency in head and neck anatomy is crucial for success in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

The skull forms the bony framework of the head, protecting the brain and supporting various structures. Muscles of the head play crucial roles in facial expression, mastication, swallowing, and speaking. The upper aerodigestive tract includes the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx, which are involved in speech, swallowing, and respiration. Special senses, including vision, hearing, and balance, are critical for our perception of the world. Neurovasculature of the head refers to the intricate network of blood vessels and nerves supplying the brain and surrounding structures. Understanding neck anatomy is vital for evaluating conditions affecting the cervical lymph nodes, thyroid gland, and structures like the trachea, esophagus, and major blood vessels. Familiarity with neck anatomy is crucial for diagnosing and managing conditions such as neck masses, thyroid disorders, and carotid artery stenosis.

Proficiency in head and neck anatomy is essential for success in the USMLE. It enables medical students to accurately interpret clinical findings, order appropriate diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans, and communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Course Details

  • Videos 60
  • Duration 3:44 h
  • Quiz questions 155
  • Concept Pages 21


Your Educators of course Head and Neck Anatomy

 Darren Salmi, MD, MS

Darren Salmi, MD, MS

Dr. Salmi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Surgery at Stanford University.

He obtained his M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2005 and his M.D. from U.C. Davis in 2010. Dr. Salmi completed his Residency in Anatomic Pathology at Stanford University. He is specifically interested in autopsy and cardiovascular pathology. Due to his outstanding lecture style, he has received numerous awards for excellence in preclinical teaching.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Salmi teaches Anatomy for medical and nursing students.

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By sherly M. on 03. April 2024 for Skull

I think the teacher is very patient , and the topys is very funny to learn