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What is the best way to prepare for pharmacology?
Is Kaplan notes enough?
What about Katzung and Trevor's?

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Pharmacology is very straightforward.

If you have a good idea on pharmacology, I'd say First Aid + Qbanks are enough. If you need more info, read Kaplan notes first.
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What is the best way to prepare for pharmacology?
Is Kaplan notes enough?
What above Katzung and Trevor's?

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I bought Katzung and Trevor's Pharmacology. Two reasons I chose this one. The first is that this book has very good reviews everywhere although it is quite long (650 pages.) Another reason was that I really want to have good review about pharmacology. Not only for the step 1 but also for the real life.
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What is the best way to prepare for pharmacology?
Is Kaplan notes enough?
What above Katzung and Trevor's?

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for pharmacology-read fa first because u may be familiar with lots of drugs already and his will help u to focus on which moa and s/e are imp while reading u r main text. katzung is of course an excellent text but for usmle oriented prep i would say u should listen to lionel raymond lectures while reading from kaplan notes. in pharmac your emphasis should be more on re reviewing the same drugs their interactions and side effects again and again rather than reading about each and everything about every drug!! this will make u study more precisely.
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for pharmacology-read fa first because u may be familiar with lots of drugs already and his will help u to focus on which moa and s/e are imp while reading u r main text.katzung is of course an excellent text but for usmle oriented prep i would say u should listen to lionel raymond lectures while reading from kaplan notes.in pharmac your emphasis should be more on re reviewing the same drugs their interactions and side effects again and again rather than reading about each and everything about every drug!! this will make u study more precisely.
do u think watching videos is mandatory??
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do u think watching videos is mandatory??

For pharmacology I would be making flash cards. On the front put drug on the back, put the Mech- used for- side effects.

then constantly review them until your exam date.

There is no other way to do pharmacology except pure memorize. But if you start early and do some flashcards every day you will have them mastered by the time you take your exam.


Oh, First Aid has all the drugs you need to know. I wouldn't do anything else but them.
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For pharmacology I would be making flash cards. On the front put drug on the back, put the Mech- used for- side effects.

then constantly review them until your exam date.

There is no other way to do pharm except pure memorize. But if you start early and do some flashcards every day you will have them mastered by the time you take your exam.


Oh, First Aid has all the drugs you need to know. I woulnd't do anything else but them.
Mechanism of action and adverse effects are the only concepts they ask about?? I mean do they ask about (Indications, contraindications, interactions, dosage, routes...etc)??


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do u think watching videos is mandatory??
the way Lionel Raymond teaches and talks about drugs it is much easier to memorize them later on, because as it is pharmacology is a very dry subject and a very high yield one also.
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Kaplan does a really good job of pharmacology - I recommend them too.
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Mechanism of action and adverse effects are the only concepts they ask about??I mean do they ask about (Indications, contraindications, interactions, dosage, routes...etc)??


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I haven't taken the test as yet, but based on Qbank I think they ask about more than just mechanism of action and adverse effects. I have seen indications/ contraindications questions, but no dose questions. I think Kaplan Pharm LN's are great, and if you know that plus what's in FA you will most likely be fine. I have Katzung & Trevor's, and I use that to help me understand things in Kaplan that may not be well explained, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.
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I haven't taken the test as yet, but based on Qbank I think they ask about more than just mechanism of action and adverse effects. I have seen indications/ contraindications questions, but no dose questions. I think Kaplan Pharm LN's are great, and if you know that plus what's in FA you will most likely be fine. I have Katzung & Trevor's, and I use that to help me understand things in Kaplan that may not be well explained, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.
Katzung and trevor seems to be okay. That was the first book to be delivered so I started to read it before other books arrived. I made to the general pharmacology. It emphasized much calculations. I don't know if they are important, but much of the biochemistry (bioenergetics etc) are reviewed there. But we'll see how I feel about this title hopefully in December.

Do anyone know how much those calculations are emphasized in real exam.
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Katzung and trevor seems to be okay. That was the first book to be delivered so I started to read it before other books arrived. I made to the general pharmacology. It emphasized much calculations. I don't know if they are important, but much of the biochemistry (bioenergetics etc) are reviewed there. But we'll see how I feel about this title hopefully in december.

Do anyone know how much those calculations are emphasized in real exam.
There are calculations on the exam, but from what I've heard, most pharm questions are the more common method of action questions. The calculations hinge on the 4 equations emphasized in FA, from what I've heard...
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There are calculations on the exam, but from what I've heard, most pharm questions are the more common method of action questions. The calculations hinge on the 4 equations emphasized in FA, from what I've heard...
So I thought and that is why I did not memorize equations from trevor. Of course FA equations are highly tested and maybe some others should be memorized.
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