Review and summary of the book €œLearning Medicine€

A BOOK THAT DESERVES MUCH PENA

Well, already we are here. Finally, a planned and executed good project in the correct term, by once.

If you do not know why I say this, it reads the entrance of 1 month ago (Learning Medicine and reflections of Sunday). A summary than can make fail to a student in its studies, a bloguera in its blog or any person in any vital project.

Nevertheless, much of the errors is learned, and here I am with the done task. I have finished reading the book of Peter Wei and Alexander Chamessian, Learning Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide, published in 2015 (connection of affiliate, thanks).

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FOR WHOM THIS BOOK IS ADAPTED?

I would say that for any student who are going to initiate a university race, and for any university professor, because the methods that teaches are applicable to any matter, she is technical, biological or of humanities. In addition, it makes an initial introduction on cerebral functions and demonstrates scientist about the learning that interests to everybody.

But in addition, and as he indicates the title, there are several specific chapters to learn to study own Medicine subjects, and also from other titles superiors in the scope of the health as Infirmary, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Psychology, Pharmacology, Optics, etc. All those students that is going to face subjects as Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, etc, can benefit from this book.

SKELETON OF THE BOOK

200 pages divided in 4 sections and an epilogue:

  • Section I (shortest): review to the neuroscience of the learning. Adapted and concise.
  • Section II: revision of programs and designed applications to review espaciadamente, with special attention to Anki, a gratuitous program.
  • Section III: exhibition of the method of study of Peter and Alex, in its different phases from acquisition, revision and application. MUY INTERESANTE.
  • Section IV: how to put in practice the method set out in Section III in the diverse subjects.

The interesting thing to use software of spaced review is that it contains an internal algorithm that €œdecides€ when you must review each introduced data. This way, the student does not need to worry about what she must review and when, which would make unmanageable the system. The student only must take care to open the program on a daily basis and to review between 50 and 100 cards, according to the advice of the book. Each card takes not more than 30 seconds of time.

The software of spaced review does not serve to study. It only serves to review, as its name indicates. If you use it to study you will end up knowing unconnected data that will not serve you to understand and to assimilate a subject correctly. You do not forget that to understand it is a perfect home to remember in the medium and long term.

WHERE TO FIND ANKI

You can unload the desktop application in http://ankisrs.net/

You can accede via Web from https://ankiweb.net/

WHAT I HAVE LIKED MORE OF THIS BOOK

As bloguea middle-aged specialist who, partly, to find answers to the doubts of his I when she was Medicine student (Freud, analyze this to me.), am 2 aspects that have been to me particularly enlightening:

1. The first contact of the student with a new subject would not have to be a complex and voluminous book. Quite the opposite! The authors plead to begin with books than they call €œsimple Level I€, that is to say, books that make an academic revision of the subject but without going deep in detail tedious. In the case of the Anatomy, for example, they propose to use Big Picture Gross Anatomy at the home. EYE, does not ask to you that you directly enter to study of atlases of Netter, Gray, Sobotta or the Prometheus. Only that you have them open to a side to consult in case of necessity.

This for me has been a revelation! Then when she was student, my professors of General Pathology (Medical Physiopathology) in 3º of race recommended to us to study directly in the Harrison. In the Harrison! You imagine? He was to open to the book and ca©rseme the soul on the feet. The worse thing of everything is than I thought that I was clumsy not to understand what read to first (Freud, also analyzes this to me€¦).

Perfectly it is adapted to begin to study with a book or simple text. In Spain, this emptiness has come to be occupied by manuals MIR in the case of the clinical subjects, medical as as much surgical. Once you know the overview, the following study can take control of a more detailed text. It draws attention to me that Peter and Alex do not recommend to use the Harrison to study in the race. In case, to consult some clinical case.

2. Anki and other software of spaced review allow what it seemed impossible when younger to me, to remember what you have studied during months and years. Even before seating to you to grind for the examination (). After to have even made the examination ().

Obvious, Peter and Alex do not recommend to remember after the examination each small locus chromosomal that could lodge a dark mutation. That is details that can memorise the last day before the examination and forget later calmly. What they advise is to continue reviewing the basic knowledge of each subject that will be of utility for later courses, the clinical rotations or their equivalent of the MIR, the USMLE. Even for its future race€¦ (this deserves a post aside. How many students of first course know clearly to what they are going away to spend 5 or 10 years later)

REVIEW CARD EXAMPLES

These examples are taken from the mallets that own Alex Chamessian shares in the blog that wrote as student. It offers some gratuitous ones, and the previous rest payment.

Of Biochemistry: Which are the glucog©nicos essential amino acids? met, val, arg his

Of Immunology: The two main answers of the innate immune system are€¦ The inflammation and the antiviral defense

Of Cardiology: Which is the temporary rank of a normal interval PR? 0,12 to 0.20 seconds

CONS OF THIS BOOK (TO WANT TO SEE SOME FAILURE HIM€¦)

  • He is written in English, so that you need an upper middle level to read it with agility.
  • It is directed specifically to students of the USA system, reason why the method adapts as a glove to the requirements of the USA and its examinations USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3.
  • The bibliographical recommendations are all Americans, and many of the books that seem more attractive (a basic version of the Robbins, a guide of preparation of the USMLE), are without translating the Spanish.

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In short, I leave you here again with the connection to the book of amazon. Also you can directly acquire it in the page of sale of the authors.

YOU USE PROGRAMS OR APPLICATIONS OF SPACED REVIEW? WHAT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD WITH THEM? YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK ALREADY DE PETER WEI AND ALEX CHAMESSIAN? IT LEAVES YOUR COMMENTARIES MORE DOWN

Almudena Trinidad
almudena@hshanemd.net

I am otorrinolaring³loga doctor in a hospital of Madrid and Professor Asociada de Medicina in the UAM. I help Medicine students to develop more effective techniques of study to obtain better notes, to remember during more time and to feel like more happy insurances and with its studies.

2 Commentaries
  • Daniela
    Published to 21:04 h, 02 November To respond

    Thank you very much by the review, he has been very useful. I have behind schedule been trying this with Anki, because I have had very good experience to use flashcards customized with clinical pharmacology and anatomy. But to synchronize between devices and within the same application it quite muddied encounter. Although it does not organize to you when you must make each review (or at least not in the gratuitous version), it seems simpler to me and useful the one of Blue Study.

    • Almudena Trinidad
      Published to 20:14 h, 03 November To respond

      I do not know StudyBlue. The trick of Anki according to the authors of the book is to open it Every day, and the algorithm is to you presenting the necessary questions (those that are on the verge of falling in the forgetfulness, according to studies several).

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