MD 4 - SJSM

Summer Semester (May 2020 – August 2020)


MD4 is an exciting semester! To have reached this far in a short amount of time amazes so many people. Time flies by quick!


Courses:

Pathology II Pharmacology PDCM (PDI) – Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Medicine CCBS 4 (Clinical Correlation of Basic Sciences) Research 4

Let me tell you about it (online semester due to COVID-19):


MD 4 is a beautiful semester. The schedule is 10 am to 7pm Mon to Wed and Thurs. to Fri. it is from 10am – 5pm. Studying at home, is not an easy task if you do not have the discipline. However, if you have been acing the previous classes then this semester should be a breeze as well. The most difficult course in the batch is Pharmacology depending on your background. One who has never been exposed to Pharmacology will struggle as I did. Others who have been exposed, found the course pretty smooth. The key to succeeding MD 4 is to be on top of things. Don’t wait until last minute. At this stage in the game, you should be able to connect a lot of the dots from previous classes and have already been exposed to many diseases.


Here are a few tips:

- Find a good flow. Keep pushing. Find what works for you.

- Pharmacology:

o Master the receptors. It is the foundation of Pharmacology

o Master First Aid.

o Drug name, mechanism of action and adverse effects.

o Resources: Kaplan Videos, Youtube, Sketchy and First Aid

- Pathology

o Lippincott and Pathoma

- Do not be afraid to use AnkiDeck. It helps big time with memorization.

- Try not to take too much notes. Learn as you go. Make sure you have mastered the material before moving on. I found that taking elaborate notes took a lot of my time and I never really went back to use them as I thought I would.

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