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I discussed my problem in the general principles of health and disease previously here in this thread
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s...lth-disease.html?highlight=general+principles

I just took another NBME and my score in General Principles of Health and Disease went WAY up. All I've done the past few days was review Goljan so if any of you are weak in General Principles of Health and Disease just review Goljan. I think the term refers to the basic pathogenesis behind common diseases.

Unfortunately, my score in physiology is not so hot. Could someone advice me ways to improve my understanding of physiology especially cardiology? My CNS score is not as high as I want it to be either. I think Neuroanatomy has always been my nemesis lol. I'm mainly an auditory learner. It takes me a long time to grasp concepts if I'm just reading them. I learn best when someone explains a concept to me. Do any of you know of any good youtube videos or anything that would help me with physiology and neuroanatomy?
 

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Well dont know of any youtube chanells specifically about these subjects but you can always search about the individual topics, most of the times you will find a good video. Also look out for a video with most view...

Also if u have time you can quickly go through the kaplan lecture videos, they can be very helpful..
 
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I just took another NBME and my score in General Principles of Health and Disease went WAY up. All I've done the past few days was review Goljan so if any of you are weak in General Principles of Health and Disease just review Goljan. I think the term refers to the basic pathogenesis behind common diseases.

Unfortunately, my score in physiology is not so hot. Could someone advise me ways to improve my understanding of physiology especially cardiology? My CNS score is not as high as I want it to be either. I think Neuroanatomy has always been my nemesis lol. I'm mainly an auditory learner. It takes me a long time to grasp concepts if I'm just reading them. I learn best when someone explains a concept to me. Do any of you know of any good youtube videos or anything that would help me with physiology and neuroanatomy?
Are you a visual learner? For cardio physiology, I think there are graphs that you should understand, e.g. the cardiac cycle, VR-CO, pressure-volume curve etc etc. If you can understand those, then cardio physiology should be no problem for you. :)
 

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I think I'm a mixed audio and visual learner. For example when I'm doing questions, in my head I'll remember hearing a teacher saying something about it or see an image of that disease process.

I definitely need help understanding the cardiology graphs. I also need help looking at the brainstem or a CT/MRI of the brain in different sections and figuring out what symptoms a lesion would produce in each location. I was thinking of finding a neurologist and a cardiologist at the hospital affiliated with my school to see when they're free for about 20 minutes and getting help from them. I'd like to have at least a somewhat decent knowledge base before going in to talk to them though. Is it too late to start reading a new book? I was thinking of taking 3 days to go through BRS Physiology. Maybe it'll make more sense than Kaplan? I took a Kaplan course a few months back and all the teachers were awesome except the physiology one. Is the physiology teacher in the Kaplan videos good? I hope it's not the same guy who taught us at the course.
 

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I think BRS physio is definitely worth going thru if you're not pressed for time. As for neuroanaotomy, try HY or BRS. They have decent slides/sections through the brain.

I found kaplan medessentials particularly helpful when I was trying to understand the different syndromes and which areas are affected. The idea is to get a general 'feel' for the area that's damaged and go from there!
 

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I think I'm a mixed audio and visual learner. For example when I'm doing questions, in my head I'll remember hearing a teacher saying something about it or see an image of that disease process.

I definitely need help understanding the cardiology graphs. I also need help looking at the brainstem or a CT/MRI of the brain in different sections and figuring out what symptoms a lesion would produce in each location. I was thinking of finding a neurologist and a cardiologist at the hospital affiliated with my school to see when they're free for about 20 minutes and getting help from them. I'd like to have at least a somewhat decent knowledge base before going in to talk to them though. Is it too late to start reading a new book? I was thinking of taking 3 days to go through BRS Physiology. Maybe it'll make more sense than Kaplan? I took a Kaplan course a few months back and all the teachers were awesome except the physiology one. Is the physiology teacher in the Kaplan videos good? I hope it's not the same guy who taught us at the course.
Hey Dazzles - did you have Dr. D**n? If thats the case, then no, there's a different prof for the videos. If you find yourself still stuck I'd email Kaplan and ask for help because they have been known to help out students in situations like yours, especially if you're not the only one that felt that way about your prof.
 

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@jerryjr36: I can borrow BRS Neuroanatomy and I%20think%20I%27m%20a%20mixed%20audio%20and%20visual%20learner.%20For%20example%20when%20I%27m%20doing%20questions,%20in%20my%20head%20I%27ll%20remember%20hearing%20a%20teacher%20saying%20something%20about%20it%20or%20see%20an%20image%20of%20that%20disease%20process.%20%20I%20definitely%20need%20help%20understanding%20the%20cardiology%20graphs.%20I%20also%20need%20help%20looking%20at%20the%20brainstem%20or%20a%20CT/MRI%20of%20the%20brain%20in%20different%20sections%20and%20figuring%20out%20what%20symptoms%20a%20lesion%20would%20produce%20in%20each%20location.%20I%20was%20thinking%20of%20finding%20a%20neurologist%20and%20a%20cardiologist%20at%20the%20hospital%20affiliated%20with%20my%20school%20to%20see%20when%20they%27re%20free%20for%20about%2020%20minutes%20and%20getting%20help%20from%20them.%20I%27d%20like%20to%20have%20at%20least%20a%20somewhat%20decent%20knowledge%20base%20before%20going%20in%20to%20talk%20to%20them%20though.%20Is%20it%20too%20late%20to%20start%20reading%20a%20new%20book?%20I%20was%20thinking%20of%20taking%203%20days%20to%20go%20through%20BRS%20Physiology.%20Maybe%20it%27ll%20make%20more%20sense%20than%20Kaplan?%20I%20took%20a%20Kaplan%20course%20a%20few%20months%20back%20and%20all%20the%20teachers%20were%20awesome%20except%20the%20physiology%20one.%20Is%20the%20physiology%20teacher%20in%20the%20Kaplan%20videos%20good?%20I%20hope%20it%27s%20not%20the%20same%20guy%20who%20taught%20us%20at%20the%20course.[/QUOTE]"]Physiology from a friend. I hope I can finish them quickly. Like four days for both? Maybe I'll just go through super high yield topics. My exam is in a month. I'll try skimming Kaplan Medessentials too..I think I can find an old copy of it. Thanks! :)

@ashishkabir: Yea I had him. Half the class would be absent when he taught. I'll try e-mailing Kaplan but I don't know what they could do for me. I'm not in America right now. I guess it's worth a shot though. Thanks! :)
 

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I think I'm burning out. :( I'm getting tired of studying. Is that normal a month before the exam?
Same here. I think it's normal. If you're feeling really tired, take one full day off, and enjoy the hell out of it. You'll feel refreshed the next day.
 

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You've got a month left, so its normal to feel this burnout. Go watch a movie :)

Do you have a local Kaplan centre? Seeing a lot of people carry around the books also usually gets me going :) I usually go for like an afternoon and then run away to the library to study on my own because that many people studying so hard freak me out.

You'll do great, I'm sure - do the BRS for physio you'll find their emphasis is much less intense...

Also - yeah - definitely email Kaplan - they may have you come in to the centre or give you some web access or something but I wouldn't worry that much - just keep at it and you'll be fine...
 
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