Muscles of the Head
Muscles of the Head

Muscles of the Head

by Darren Salmi, MD, MS

Understanding the muscles of the head is an important aspect of anatomical knowledge for medical students. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the complex structures involved in facial expression, mastication, and swallowing. Students will study the intricate muscles responsible for facial expressions, such as the orbicularis oculi, orbicularis oris, buccinator, and frontalis muscles, among others. This topic focuses on the muscles involved in the chewing process. Key muscles include the masseter, temporalis, medial pterygoid, and lateral pterygoid muscles. Students will learn their attachments, actions, and innervation, as well as their clinical implications in temporomandibular joint disorders and dental conditions. Proficiency in the muscles of the head is essential for success in the USMLE, as questions related to facial nerve function, mastication, swallowing, and clinical scenarios are commonly encountered.

Course Details

  • Videos 3
  • Duration 0:13 h
  • Quiz questions 10
  • Concept Pages 1


Your Educators of course Muscles of the Head

 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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