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    ngoctranly is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    4th semester

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    I am coming to 4th semester and would like to have advice from upper semester regarding to study skills, books, etc.

    Thank you!!!
    Hope everyone have a great short break before school starts again on August 31!!
    Saba University - September 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngoctranly View Post
    I am coming to 4th semester and would like to have advice from upper semester regarding to study skills, books, etc.

    Thank you!!!
    Hope everyone have a great short break before school starts again on August 31!!
    why do you use the breaks to study in advance?

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    ngoctranly is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Hi Lowbo, thanks for your comment. But I did not say I would use the break for study in advance, instead I asked tips for upcoming semester!
    Thanks
    Saba University - September 2009
    Semester 1[X] 2[X] 3[X] 4[X] 5[X]
    USMLE 1[X] 2 CS[ ] 2 CK[ ]
    Core Rotations: Peds [ ], Pschy [ ], Internal Medicine [ ], OBYGN [ ], Surgery [ ]
    Electives:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngoctranly View Post
    Hi Lowbo, thanks for your comment. But I did not say I would use the break for study in advance, instead I asked tips for upcoming semester!
    Thanks
    Pharmacology works best if one uses the grouping strategy method for learning drugs. In other words, group the drugs according to similar interactions/target sites, etc. and then memorize. As you may guess the list of drugs is massive so attempting to learn each one as a distinct entity will make it nearly impossible to get the information down in time for the block exams. (e.g. group as alpha blockers, beta blockers, etc).

    Semester 4 is where integrative thinking really takes a huge leap; meaning one is expected to pull relevant information from previous semesters when studying drug interactions. For example, keep physiology notes from semester 2 handy as one will need to understand effects.

    Integrative thinking is also a huge factor for success in Pathology. Without getting sidetracked here, I would add that any numerical values given should be noted as certain exam questions have in the past asked very specific numerical values (percentage of population sector etc.) and have been overlooked by many as insignificant, only to show up on the block exam! Not many questions as such, but can make a difference in the end.

    Both courses in 4th follow the 3P's rule for USMLE: meaning high yield information for Step 1: Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology. Good luck!
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