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Microbiology How to master Microbiology?

I have a real difficult time with microbiology. It seems like the subject matter that I have to memorize the most. Is there an easier way to master this? Do I need to know everything in FA? Do I need to know anything more?
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Try mnemonics, flash cards, CMMRS book (only pictures) and picmonic if u want to pay
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to avoid myself from getting burnt out studying this dry subject, i did what i'd call questions based learning. Get yourself curious by reading a question, clueless what it's asking and apply your full knowledge. When maybe you give up, go to cmmrs/kaplan, go thru the bug to fill the void of curiosity in your mind and then read the explanation and finally annotate the FA section with extra info or memory aid best found in cmmrs. Over time, you'll have covered a lot and can simultaneously test yourself by questions repeating on the same topic and covering the bulk of questions which is important.

UW & FA are said to be the ultimate source for micro step1 prep and above is how i tried making it less miserable
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I have a real difficult time with microbiology. It seems like the subject matter that I have to memorize the most. Is there an easier way to master this? Do I need to know everything in FA? Do I need to know anything more?
Unfortunately like Pharm, Micro is one of those subjects that requires a TON of memorization. I highly suggest that you start very early and create plenty of flash cards, create your own mnemonics for the different categories of drugs, and create a very organized system for yourself.

Writing out flowcharts and using color-coding for different classes of bugs will also help you to master the info. Obviously, this takes lots of time and effort, but if you can master this info you will find it very easy to score plenty of easy points on the exam because it is all very straight forward.

As to your FA question... yes and no. First Aid covers a great chunk of the material in Micro, but since it is a struggle for you, I would suggest using a book such as Micro made ridiculously simple in order to really gain a solid understanding and gain more info to help you master everything.

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Thanks everyone!

How is Kaplan >> DIT /FA in this regard?

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How is Kaplan >> DIT /FA in this regard?

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Kaplan is a lot more detailed. FA and DIT cover essentially the same high-yield material, while kaplan will go into much greater detail. So, if you need to learn the material from the ground-up, I suggest something more detailed such as kaplan or better yet, your basic science notes/texts.
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I was thinking about creating a massive excel file organized by bugs, their classification, details about diseases they cause, histology findings, lab findings, etc. ?

Is this a good idea? Does something like this already exist?

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Default The best way to study Micro "guaranteed"

This is by far the most effective and efficient way to study this vast subject ..

First buy Lippencot's Microcards they are amazing , a Tree is presented in the first section of each major group which eases memorization , then each bug is presented on a card on one face an image a clinical vignette , and on the other a full discussion (presentation,Dx & Tx and additional info ) ... u can use them alone as they cover a vast area of micro , or if -u are like me- deficient in Micro I supplemented it with CMMRS (which doesn't add much , but I like the images) ..

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i would definitely suggest making use of visual mnemonics and other memory tricks. CMMRS and Picmonic seem to work well for people.
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For step 1 , I felt that FA was more than enough

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I honestly think Picmonic is the best way to go. Awesome memorable stories and pictures to help you get every detail down.
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