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suggested review material before MSI

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by IzzyB, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. IzzyB

    IzzyB Junior Member
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    Hi! I will be starting at NYCOM this Fall and just wanted advice from current students on which material to brush-up on before starting school. I've been out of school for two years now and feel very out-of-it, in terms of studying. I would really like to get back into the groove of studying again and would really appreciate advice on what to study. I only had one semester of biochem so, is this something I should re-review? I realize that any self-review will barely scratch the surface and will not be nearly as extensive as what I would need as a 1st year, but I just figured, it can't hurt. Should I simply review basic sciences (bio/chem) or should I be more specific. Also, any advice on specific review books/text (ie: text name and edition, etc) to use? Somebody suggested to obtain a review book for COMLEX 1 to lead me to the right direction, isn't that jumping-the-gun and being unrealistic. Please advise! Thanks :)
     
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  3. LukeWhite

    LukeWhite USC Pulm/CCM 2014
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    Izzy,

    I think you'll be getting a flood of replies telling you not to study anything, etc. (which it sounds as if you're expecting).

    I do wish I'd bought some board review books beforehand to serve as a study adjunct/cliff's notes. I also went awhile without having two atlases, which I think is key for anatomy--Netter's a given, but make sure you have a Rohen also.

    The most valuable thing you could do, I think, might be to figure out what classes you have and gather as many internet resources as you can. My grade/study time ratio improved dramatically after I found a few good websites that explained various concepts. Especially true for anatomy: PM me if you like and I'll send along a great anatomy dissection video website to help you get started--it raised my practical grades instantly, even without time in the lab for the last two tests.

    So to sum, if I had to do anything again, it would be organizational rather than content-based. Get your books and supplies in order, start bidding on used stuff on ebay (it'll be cheapest soon as people finish up their year) and start school with a warchest of Stuff--the more ways you can look at something, the better you'll do. Again, if you want a few links that I've found useful, drop me a line and I'll send along what I have.

    Best of luck!
     
  4. LukeWhite

    LukeWhite USC Pulm/CCM 2014
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    There seems to be a lot of interest in this, so I'll start posting the links I have. I'm afraid it's going to be a little piecemeal, as they're scattered across my hard drive and an immunology test is coming up fast. So to start, I'll post a few anatomy links that I've found helpful, and will try to add subjects as time permits. Maybe we can start a new thread for this? I imagine others have many more and probably better links...perhaps it's sticky-worthy if we get enough, since I think there have been threads with links before, but they're tough to find. Anyway: anatomy/hist!

    WEBMD ANATOMY: all sorts of nice pictures, defs, etc.
    http://www.mythos.com/webmd/Search.aspx

    LUMEN HISTOLOGY: Absolutely essential.
    http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/MedEd/Histo/frames/histo_frames.html

    UW HISTOLOGY: Not as awesome as Loyola's, but still helpful.
    http://www.anatomy.uiowa.edu/genhisto/GHWIN/index.html

    UW DISSECTION VIDEOS: My all-time favorite. I owe a few anatomy practical aces almost exclusively to Rohen and this. I'd highly recommend watching the relevant video before and after a dissection--you'll be a lab deity, since you'll have basically already gone through the dissection.
    http://www.anatomy.wisc.edu/courses/gross/index.html

    MUSCLE LIST: A nice but simple one, with some exercises associated.
    http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html

    ANATOMY TABLES: Lots of useful anatomy tables by both system and region
    http://anatomy.uams.edu/htmlpages/anatomyhtml/medcharts.html

    MUSCLE ATLAS: Another nice muscle atlas, with all the essential origins, insertions, arteries, etc. Great for quizzing yourself or quick reference.
    http://www.rad.washington.edu/atlas2/

    ANATOMY TUTORIALS: A little simplistic, but these helped me to get a good general overview. A good way to start out with things for a quick overview.
    http://anatome.ncl.ac.uk/tutorials/index.html

    DISSECTOR TUTORIAL: Nice for knowing what's going on. Very well done, with x-rays, diagrams, etc.
    http://www.med.umich.edu/lrc/coursepages/M1/anatomy/html/courseinfo/labs_regional.html


    Phew. All I've got for now. Some of the links I wanted to provide no longer work, and the same could of course be true about any of these by the time you start. If they last, though, they'll be helpful.

    Someone asked what books and materials I'd recommend. I was fine with Moore&Dalley for text, Netter and Rohen for atlases, and Netter flashcards (VERY helpful, those). Others will certainly have good additions to the list. I found the internet resources a huge help, though, as a lot less time is spent flipping.

    Best of luck!
     
  5. Doctortobee

    Doctortobee Senior Member
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    Did you do any pre-studying for college? Probably not. Do don't pre-study for med school except for studying the backs of your eyelids....Seriously do not study or you will be burned out before you even get to school.
     
  6. raptor5

    raptor5 Fooled by Randomness
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    I plan to review beerlists at the many pubs in the Philly area. Also trying to find beerfests in the area.
     
  7. UltimateDO

    UltimateDO Goin' ho ain't easy
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    Mmmmm, beer, check out MacKenzies in Chadds Ford and Sly Fox in Phoenixville. :thumbup:
     
  8. raptor5

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    I just might. Phoenixville is about 10 minutes away from where I live.
     
  9. surrender903

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    I plan on reviewing the benefits of my pillow against my head while I am in the horizontal position. I dont plan on sleeping much once september hits in...

    seriously though... enjoy your summer, and do light reading if anything
     
  10. DORoe

    DORoe BWAAA HAAA HAAA
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    Thanks a lot for this stuff. I probably won't use it to review this summer, but I can see that it will probably be helpful once classes start. :thumbup:
     
  11. UltimateDO

    UltimateDO Goin' ho ain't easy
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    It's a 10 minute drunken stumble from my place. :D
     
  12. Chrisobean

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    thanks the replies (except for the beer ;)). IzzyB, i'll be there with you at nycom and i am in the same boat as you right now. I feel like i need to learn how to study again after 2 years of working. it would really suck to get back into my "groove" mid-semester! i have already planned lots of fun for the summer... but i will need something to read while laying on the beach! ;)

    is it worth buying those board review books (called BRS or something?) now, just as a refresher? do new editions come out all the time; will they be obsolete by the time i take my boards?

    thanks again peeps, you can now resume the beer talk!! :)
     
  13. daveyboy

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    Get some good board review books for the basic science courses you will be taking. That will help a little bit.
     
  14. Doctor Peloncito

    Doctor Peloncito Family Physician
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    Don't listen to Daveyboy ;)

    I say study the inside of lots of margarita glasses :D

    Relax, you won't be able to dent the material that you will be covering. Take the time you have left and have fun.
     
  15. daveyboy

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    Hold on a seconde before you question my expertice, Stu Pedasso!!! I did say it would help "a little bit". I meant just that, a little bit.

    Stu does make a good point, as much as it kills me to admit it. There is alot of high yield material on the inside of a margarita glass.
     
  16. Doctor Peloncito

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    They don't know who Stu Pedasso is, I should direct them to the website. http://www.stupedasso.com :laugh:.
     

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