• Prem Sundaram

Anatomy Flashcards

Updated: Feb 10

How to Create Your Own Anatomy Flashcards

All of the major human anatomy publishers have produced their own human anatomy collections, often with images and definitions, as well as related theories. While some of them are free and excellent - many others do often charge you for monthly subscriptions for premium content. If you want to create your own human anatomy flashcards and save money, then you can use a flashcard app like NoteDex which supports handwriting for drawings of anatomy.

Person viewing iPad about anatomy
Learning Human Anatomy on iPad

Learning Human Anatomy

Human anatomy is a very difficult subject but can be mastered with the right tools. There are many medical terms that are important to memorize when studying anatomy and medicine. Apart from the need for memorization there is also a need for understanding foundations / background research. This can help you to understand the relationship between different structures, their location and how they work together. The ability to apply knowledge is also relevant for students. When it comes to medical student education anatomists are important because mastering human anatomy requires creativity and skills of observation. Medical programs aim at providing students with basic anatomical knowledge - but also more advanced information. This is all important as one learns about the human anatomy in order to become a health care practitioner.

Are Flashcards Good for Learning Anatomy?

Anatomy and physiology flashcards can help students understand human anatomy. As a medical student, it is hard to memorize all of the information in a short amount of time. Some schools have created Human Anatomy and Physiology flashcards so that students can learn about the body's anatomy and functions.

These cards are a great way to study for exams, quiz yourself on material from lectures, or just have easy-to-carry reference cards when out in the world or to review on the go. You can also easily create your own flashcards. There are advantages to creating your own - it is part of the active learning study process to help you learn and remember the information, so a mix of pre-made and self-made can be a good learning strategy. Viewing anatomy flashcards, reading books and watching learning videos all help as multiple learning channels and help to improve retention.

How to Make Handmade Anatomy Flashcards?

As mentioned, creating an anatomy flashcard deck yourself helps to instill the knowledge better, because first you have to make notes from your human anatomy classes, reading materials and then summarizing and putting into a card. There are two ways to create flashcards by hand - use paper index cards or use an app like NoteDex to create handmade human anatomy flashcards.

In both cases these options allow you to create high quality anatomy flashcards with images, drawings (using digital pen or real pen), and using the reverse side of the card.

NoteDex Index Card on Anatomy
Example of an anatomy flashcard with handwriting created using NoteDex

Alternatives to Handmade Flashcards

There are many highly regarded pre-made flashcards to choose from. The KenHub anatomy is an excellent resource for learning anatomy. If you google 'anatomy flashcards' you will find great resources.

Flashcard Quizzes: A Better Alternative?

As people take more time studying online, more study choices are available. Many offer interactive anatomy quizzes as examples. This format is similar to a traditional card, but has questions and choices and can be helpful for retaining memory or tracking progress. Some online apps offer different kinds of quizzes which contain many thousands of the same questions across various subjects. The range of practice tests and quizzes is beyond the scope of this article but it is fair to say that quizzes are a good accompaniment to the standard type of flashcards and both have their place in a learning strategy.

Here is an example of a quiz from the KenHub website - you can see they show two images and you need to choose the correct answer for the anatomy question.

images of skeletons
Image courtesy of KenHub

Which Anatomy Flashcards are the Best?

Your own flashcards are probably the best, since you made them and had the most learning. But in terms of publicly available (free or for a fee) you might want to check out the following anatomy flash cards.

  1. Anatomy Flashcard

  2. Anatomy 3D Atlas

  3. Anatomia Pro

  4. Flashcards Anatomy

  5. Human Anatomy Flashcards

How Can I Make my Flashcards Better Quality?

  • You can improve the quality of your flashcards by:

  • Adding images of the human body

  • Adding text in different point sizes or using highlighting to emphasize important items.

  • Using the reverse side of the card for notes that help you understand the material, diagrams or illustrations that are not on front of card. This helps also for remembering essential concepts and hiding / using the back of card for answer

  • Using a digital pen with your phone or tablet to add drawings, sketches and illustrations of the human body

  • Adding sound recordings about certain content

  • Adding questions to use in your practice tests

  • Making connections

  • Breaking down complex topics into a series of cards

More than Anatomy Flashcards

Related to Anatomy you might be also creating physiology flash cards, flashcards about the nervous system, skeletal system, respiratory system, digestive system, lymphatic system, urinary system or even the integumentary system.

In all cases the same concepts will apply.

NoteDex used by Medical Students

Check out this video of NoteDex being used by a medical student at Edinburgh university!

Its a bit of an old video and much has improved in the app but you can see that she used it to study anatomy. Furthermore, there is now an improved the study tools with an improved spaced repetition study technique mode.


Success in medical studies relies heavily on memorization of human anatomy. Flashcards are a great tool to help learn and remember. You can both create your own flashcards as well as buy ready-made anatomy flashcards. While it is convenient to buy them you might want to also consider making high quality anatomy flashcards since the process of making cards can also be a good learning process. Try our NoteDex today!

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