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DisclaimerThis is not intended to serve as a primary study guide for Anatomy or Clinical Skills exams. Surface Anatomy is a peer-taught mentoring program overseen by Dr. Spudich; however, the review sessions are primarily designed by MS2 Coordinators. The goal of review sessions is to highlight clinically relevant anatomical landmarks in order to reinforce lecture material. All review topics have been discussed in lecture; no new testable material will be introduced in these sessions.


Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to identify which abdominal organs are located in each of the four quadrants
  2. Be able to identify which pathologies would be associated with pain in the RLQ, RUQ, LLQ, LUQ
  3. Describe the surface anatomy projections of the abdomen
  4. Discuss the differences between direct and indirect inguinal hernias
  5. Describe abdominal pathologies that can be determined from abdominal inspection on physical exam
  6. Identify where pain from abdominal organs will refer to