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    Hey upper sems, plz post what books ex brs, high yield etc that you used to ace/pass physio 1. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassysher View Post
    Hey upper sems, plz post what books ex brs, high yield etc that you used to ace/pass physio 1. Thank you
    Class notes were sufficient along with recorded lectures for explanations by the professors. Anything else is a waste of precious time.
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    Read the Berne, Levy textbook (or Guyton, Hall is good too) until you understand all the covered concepts and are able to apply them in any situation. Physio doesn't really work like your previous other classes and studying "high yield" material is not gonna help you much if you don't fully grasp the concepts to begin with. Also, physio is going to be your building blocks for many other classes including Path, Neuro, and Pharm so you really need to make sure you learned it well in the first place.

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    Forming a study group and teaching & reteaching the material to everyone will go a long way in making sure you understand the concepts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaol_121 View Post
    Forming a study group and teaching & reteaching the material to everyone will go a long way in making sure you understand the concepts.
    Yes, because there is an infinite amount of time in medical school and everyone is finishing all their work on time and there's plenty of time to organize study groups and go over all the concepts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AUCMD2013 View Post
    Yes, because there is an infinite amount of time in medical school and everyone is finishing all their work on time and there's plenty of time to organize study groups and go over all the concepts.
    Considering how much time I wasted in my first two years (meaning there is more free time than people are willing to admit), I bet a study group once a week would be a pretty valuable asset.

    As for material, the notes are usually sufficient, with a quick trip to the internet to clarify any missing details. I would also suggest that doing Pre-Test questions the weekend before the exam to help make sure you've solidified the concepts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sassysher View Post
    Hey upper sems, plz post what books ex brs, high yield etc that you used to ace/pass physio 1. Thank you
    1) Take Notes, review notes
    2) Ask questions during office hours
    3) Read texts if needed

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    Don't try to memorize concepts. Physio is about applying the concept, so they'll teach it to you one way, but ask the question upsidedown or backwards. Play around with changing different variables.

    Put in your time and you should be fine. Most of the people I knew who did poorly spent more time worrying and complaining than actual studying.

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    It's been said before, but it bears repeating: Spend more time learning concepts instead of just memorizing/regurgitating what's in the notes. Pretty much every class at AUC has conditioned you to study like that, but it will come back to bite you for physio.

    I barely knew what was going on in the notes (I read them til I understood the concept, wrote concept out in my own words in case I forgot, then never looked at it again), but I damn well knew every concept and it got me a good grade with minimal amounts of studying.

    Some highlights that might point you in the right direction:

    Know everything about how an action potential works, membrane potential, which neurotransmitters do what, truly UNDERSTAND what's going on in those muscle force/tension diagrams, know the differences among skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle, definitely know what all the hormones do relating to the GI tract and where/when they're secreted (I'd say that was the most high yield GI part of Block 3), you MUST KNOW the PV loop BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS. You should be able to do the PV loop in your sleep (by this I mean don't just say "oh, isovolumetric contraction is happening at this point--actually know what isovolumetric contraction actually means!!!!), know how ECF affects BP, how Na affects BP, and how your kidneys filter urine (there was a really helpful section on this in histo, but most of my classmates just memorized it and forgot it, so when it came around again in physio they had no idea what was going on). Oh yeah and learn the ACV wave thing, plus x and y decent. Dr. B spent some time on the mechanics of ECGs, but it's pretty low yield. Just know what the QRS complex is and the different heart blockages and you'll be fine.

    That's about all I can think off the top of my head. I tried to list everything in the order we covered it, but I think you guys have some different professors so who knows. Hope that helps. Good luck!

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