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    Advice on how to study for Med 2? Mostly Physiology...

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    Can anyone give me any advice on how to study for Med 2? I heard physiology is real tough. Any advice on any good books or other sources used. Thanks. I appreciate it..

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    I think what is always important for any class, but therefore moreso for such as physiology, genetics, micro, and biochem, not to mention pharm. Every day builds on the next. So, one has to work that way, literally not letting a day get behind in repeating the information. If you do, you go to lecture the next day, being expected to be able to go from point e, when you are only at point a.

    Many people have different methods. I'll try to explain what I used, and what Dr. Burns taught me, and us, and very similar to other's before. Try to break the physiology info each day down into subsets, and get to know the basic functions (let's say of the action potential, or Na gate, or cardia cycle). The way I did it was to take about 30-40 ppt slides and then put all that in a flow, schematic on about 2-3 pieces of notebook paper. Physiology had to flow that way for me. I had to draw it, work with it, to get it. Biochem was different, it was a lot of memorizing. Physiology on memorizing won't work. It has to be known, repeated, and learned. It really is a foundational class, pharmacology and pathology springs from a knowledge of it.

    Whatever the method, just REMEMBER, YOU CAN LEARN IT IN CHUNKS. Fear may be an issue, or anxiety. You can't learn the whole day in one hour, it takes maybe 2 hours some days, maybe 3 on some. Take time with it, draw it out, get to where you can recite the flow of the action potential and it actually makes sense, for example.

    Then there's the stuff you have to memorize, but in physiology most of makes sense, it's not so random. Like, the QRS complex is supposed to be so long, and certain things change it, for example.

    Comment here, and may others, or I can say more. How did you do anatomy? Physiology may be similar.
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    Thanks so much for your response Spodat. I will use your advice. I wish you well.

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    I think what is always important for any class, but therefore moreso for such as physiology, genetics, micro, and biochem, not to mention pharm. Every day builds on the next. So, one has to work that way, literally not letting a day get behind in repeating the information. If you do, you go to lecture the next day, being expected to be able to go from point e, when you are only at point a.

    Many people have different methods. I'll try to explain what I used, and what Dr. Burns taught me, and us, and very similar to other's before. Try to break the physiology info each day down into subsets, and get to know the basic functions (let's say of the action potential, or Na gate, or cardia cycle). The way I did it was to take about 30-40 ppt slides and then put all that in a flow, schematic on about 2-3 pieces of notebook paper. Physiology had to flow that way for me. I had to draw it, work with it, to get it. Biochem was different, it was a lot of memorizing. Physiology on memorizing won't work. It has to be known, repeated, and learned. It really is a foundational class, pharmacology and pathology springs from a knowledge of it.

    Whatever the method, just REMEMBER, YOU CAN LEARN IT IN CHUNKS. Fear may be an issue, or anxiety. You can't learn the whole day in one hour, it takes maybe 2 hours some days, maybe 3 on some. Take time with it, draw it out, get to where you can recite the flow of the action potential and it actually makes sense, for example.

    Then there's the stuff you have to memorize, but in physiology most of makes sense, it's not so random. Like, the QRS complex is supposed to be so long, and certain things change it, for example.

    Comment here, and may others, or I can say more. How did you do anatomy? Physiology may be similar.
    Blessings.

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