Best Advice for Succeeding at UTCOM (EARLY DRAFT)
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  • Year 1

    • Biochem

      • Final exam: DO NOT just study the diseases. True, the final will be clinically-oriented, but by no means will be just limited to the diseases. It is a true comprehensive exam.
    • Anatomy

      • Must haves: Netter's Atlas and Netter's Flash Cards
      • Spend more time in the lab than you want to
      • Prepare thoroughly for lab, otherwise you won't know what is going on and it will be a waste of time
    • Neuroscience

      • Must Haves: Neuroanatomy Atlas
    • Behavioral

      • Do not sleep on this course. They know that everyone thinks it's easy, so they make the questions very nit-picky. I know several students who received all honors in the first two years of med school EXCEPT this course!
  • Year 2

    • I&I

      • Get Microcards, study them and love them, they are often better than the notes
      • Don't take the cases lightly, they come back in a major way on the final. However, they seem to be emphasized more on the weekly quizzes than on exams. Check out the I&I study guide section for help.
      • Find and do as many practice questions as possible
      • Remembered "important concepts":
        • Counterintuitively, muscarine poinsoning does not come from the Amanita muscaria fungus, but instead from the Clitocybe dealbata
    • Organ Systems

      • Best Books

        • Rapid Review: Pathology, this book is by Goljan, who is the god of pathology and board review
          • BRS Pathology is good too, it is a little shorter
        • BRS Physiology - this book is marvelous
      • Flash Cards

        • Pharmcards
        • Lange's Pathology Flashcards - great supplements
      • I haven't found a great text for pharmacology, but Lippincott's Illustrated Pharmacology is popular
  • Step 1

  • Year 3