How to Study 2nd Year Subjects!

Hi everyone!

The first subject is Pathology.

  1. Read Robbins – First the most important ones and then the less important ones, Eg. Read Lung cancer first, then COPD, then Interstitial lung diseases. You will get the idea to do this by either reading the book on previous year question papers called Bhalani or Unique in Maharashtra or by asking seniors. Personally, I really loved my 1st pass of robbins because it felt like the book was somehow speaking to me and my inner self, by explaining to me how beautiful the processes of the body was, What will also happen to you while you do this is, you’ll brush up your physiology in the process, If you are studying coagulation and bleeding disorders, before going onto the path part, you’ll see what are the functions of an intact endothelium and the factors and platelets. 
  2. For Exam Read books other than robbins – Ramdas Nayak, Harsh Mohan, Gobind rai Garg, Devesh Mishra to name a few. These will make you ready to present points that the examiner wants to see and, both in theory and practicals. Personally, I read Harsh Mohan 4-6 times for revisions and did the complete prep for MCQs from GRG.
  3. Explain pathology to your friends, any topic, just picks one and do it because it’s how you’re gonna remember it.
  4. If you can, then Pathoma is a must, it’s a website, you can check it out here. The lectures are kinda like Axon, Short, crisp, and conceptual, no rote learning for the maximum part, and yes, if you haven’t checked out Axon, you really should! Click here 🙂
  5. Saying it again because it needs to be said, Don’t give up on robbins, I know neoplasia can be a little hard but really, it’s something you have to read.

Next up, Microbiology

  1. A study from Sastri only, makes it in a way that it is your go-to book for infectious and immune. The new version of Sastri is different from the old one, which is divided into systems rather than pathogens. If you can’t grasp that version, do try the older one by downloading the pdf.
  2. Read General, then Bacteriology. Read the imps first and then the non-imp. solve Marrow Q banks and make a mistake book. All bacteria are imp with regards to pg prep. 
  3. Do not forget about Viruses and Fungi and parasites, usually, it feels like we’re done after we read the bacteria, but honestly, these are paper 2 stuff, so make sure you have them in your mind as well. Sketchy does help, but it won’t do much, as the detail required in Indian exams is 10x more. better read Sastri again and again.
  4. Don’t overload information in your brain, keep it minimal, 2-3 bacteria per day, not more than that, 1 parasite per day (in your memory, not otherwise), 2-4 viruses each day, fungi you can do it anyhow.
  5. Immunology is usually simple and only a few questions are asked from it so, read them, like HS reactions, Immune reactions, like Precipitation, Agglutination, and Complement Fixation
  6. Make Extensive notes and also, read them frequently. make questions if you can and you’ll be good to go.
  7. Revision is the key for everything, so make sure you do it regularly. 

Last, Pharmacology

  1. KDT for understanding pharmacology (and not just mugging it up) and Shanbagh for Exams only. 
  2. Drug classifications are your besties, write them, practice them and make sure that you understand what the classification is trying to tell you. 
  3. Mnemonics are the best way to learn anything, and to be absolutely honest, GRG is the best in this regard. I mean, I’ll tell you the side effects of phenytoin are HOT MALIKA, how can one forget that now! I also think that practicing GRG is the best way to learn pharmacology, if you wanna get the book, do it by clicking here.
  4. Revisions are key. Questions do help, but not as much as classifications. 

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