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What is the best book for physio: BRS or Kaplan?
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For sure BRS! at least for me it worked.
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I used the Kaplan videos with the lecture notes. For me I tend to retain information better if I hear it spoken than reading it. Also I feel like BRS Physio is useful for what its meant for, a review. It assumes you already know whats happening and you just need a reminder. But if you really want to learn and understand the subject I would suggest Kaplan for everything (except Path....Kaplan Path is horrible, go for Pathoma videos). I havent taken my exam yet, but the people from my class who took the exam in the past 2 weeks have been saying that the questions test your understanding of concepts more than your ability to know the expected outcome. As a completely made up example, it doesnt want u to know that Thiazide diuretics cause hypercalcemia, it wants you to know the mechanism as to why the hypercalcmia occurs.

That's just me though. I went through BRS Physio too, but it was after fully comprehending everything in Kaplan and only to remind myself of minute details I may have forgotten.
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I used the Kaplan videos with the lecture notes. For me I tend to retain information better if I hear it spoken than reading it. Also I feel like BRS Physio is useful for what its meant for, a review. It assumes you already know whats happening and you just need a reminder. But if you really want to learn and understand the subject I would suggest Kaplan for everything (except Path....Kaplan Path is horrible, go for Pathoma videos). I havent taken my exam yet, but the people from my class who took the exam in the past 2 weeks have been saying that the questions test your understanding of concepts more than your ability to know the expected outcome. As a completely made up example, it doesnt want u to know that Thiazide diuretics cause hypercalcemia, it wants you to know the mechanism as to why the hypercalcmia occurs.

That's just me though. I went through BRS Physio too, but it was after fully comprehending everything in Kaplan and only to remind myself of minute details I may have forgotten.

Thanks! So I actually watched some of the kaplan videos during my semesters, i watched Kaplan Physio: Cardio, Resp, Renal, GI, Repro. That was a while back but i did take notes on it. So while I am studying for step I read that BRS is the best, so I started that, but I got to the Resp section and I feel like theres too much in there that we might not have to know...like I am not the best note taker cuz I can never tell whats important to know/write down (im taking notes into FA) and whats not important and I should skip it. I am so confused on what to do!
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Thanks! So I actually watched some of the kaplan videos during my semesters, i watched Kaplan Physio: Cardio, Resp, Renal, GI, Repro. That was a while back but i did take notes on it. So while I am studying for step I read that BRS is the best, so I started that, but I got to the Resp section and I feel like theres too much in there that we might not have to know...like I am not the best note taker cuz I can never tell whats important to know/write down (im taking notes into FA) and whats not important and I should skip it. I am so confused on what to do!
My advice, open your FA and read through it. Its very brief and doesnt explain much but thats ok, because its a review source and it purposely just points out high yield info hoping your core knowledge will fill in the blanks. As you go through FA, if you see anything that you dont understand or cant reason out, thats what you should be writing notes on. If you read in the respiratory section of FA "The lung arterioles vasoconstrict in response to hypoxia." and you don't know why? Well, open you ur BRS or other book and try to figure out why, and note that in your first aid.
Once again I havent taken the exam, so take my advice with a truck load of salt but I feel like a lot of people put more emphasis on memorizing FA rather than understanding the concepts highlighted in FA. That could screw u up down the road. Good luck and study hard! And remember, excluding Micro and Pharm, Understanding is always better than memorizing.
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