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Best way to study pharmacology??

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by NRAI2001, Aug 27, 2009.

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  1. NRAI2001

    NRAI2001 3K Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    Flashcards? Making your own charts? Reading the notes over and over again? What do you feel is the best way to study pharm??
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  3. kryptik

    kryptik 2+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2008
  4. HPSPpayissues

    HPSPpayissues 2+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    get the rapid review pharm. You also get recorded lectures in an MP3 format
  5. tackett26

    tackett26 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2007

    What exactly do you guys cover in pharmacology? I'm just curious, I'm a PharmD student.
  6. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    flash cards--use iflash if you have a mac, it's a really great, intuitive flashcard program
  7. CAMi


    Feb 28, 2012
    Just want to bump this thread up to get some advise on studying pharmacology. Is Lippincott the best book for pharmacology?
  8. Oxer45

    Oxer45 2+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    sleep with your professor :love:
  9. dragon529

    dragon529 MS-III 10+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I heard Lange's pharm flashcards are worth getting? Any second opinions?
  10. kaleerkalut

    kaleerkalut 2+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Really I don't see that anywhere on the Amazon page? How do you access those lectures?
  11. Phloston

    Phloston Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Osaka, Japan
    SDN Author
    The Lange pharmacology cards are definitely the best study tool for pharm out there. I own these, as well as the Brenner cards, and they make me feel as though the Brenner cards are worthless.

    The Lange cards are vignette-style, and at the end of the day, the USMLE is vignette-style as well.

    To be honest though, even though the Lange cards are strong, I still feel the best way to learn pharm is to go through it in First Aid FIRST, which is painfully slow, but it's necessary to have that first pass on the material.

    The USMLE Rx QBank Step1 then reinforces the pharm. So do FA + USMLE Rx.

    If you're commuting though, Lange pharm cards, a few at a time, are fine.
  12. Robot Skeleton

    Robot Skeleton

    Feb 9, 2012
    Depends on what you're studying for. For coursework, you should probably stick to your notes (or whatever resources they provide). For Step 1, the Kaplan pharm videos are amazing, and I highly recommend them. I can't imagine Lippincott being useful for Step 1 though...I have the book, never used it. Seems like too much irrelevant info.
  13. UTlonghorn

    UTlonghorn 5+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Can you get the Kaplan pharm videos without buying the entire Kaplan package? Or are people just downloading them off random sites? I'd like to do Kaplan vids only for pharm, but don't want to pay the price of their entire step prep.
  14. Robot Skeleton

    Robot Skeleton

    Feb 9, 2012
    I wasn't aware that they were actually selling them now. Back when I was prepping for the test a few months ago, the only way to acquire them was to grab the bootlegs from random sites.
  15. johnmathew44

    johnmathew44 Banned

    Mar 1, 2012
    Study drugs by class. Then when you learn a new drug and know its class, you'll have some idea what the drug does, what it's for, etc.

    The biggest thing I overlooked when studying pharm (and I got an F the first time I took it) was I didn't study the side effects and precautions. These always show up on the test. Also look at anything you would need to do as a nurse before you give the drug. For example, most blood pressure meds can't be given if the blood pressure is low (for example less than 90 systolic). Antacids can't be given the same time as other drugs but have to be given an hour after or two hours before other drugs. Anticoagulants can't be given if the INR is too high. A drug that has XR after the name
  16. CAMi


    Feb 28, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012
  17. CAMi


    Feb 28, 2012

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