How to survive pharmacology

Stories - Theme Mighty RatioAs you all already know, you’ll be taking pharmacology. It’s an interesting class, albeit sometimes boring.

The class is important, as you must know the fundamentals of pharmacology, as you’ll be administering medications.

A lot of medications.

I dislike rote memorization, but it’s a necessary evil in pharmacology.

The class is all consuming, as you’ll be asked to memorize hundreds of medications and almost everything about them.

At first you’ll feel overwhelmed, but view your pharmaceutical experience as a rite of passage, as all nurses before you endured it and survived.

In order to survive pharmacology, I dismantled the information piece by piece. I did this and it worked, pulling an ‘A’ in the class.

I recommend using flashcards, drawing pictures, and listening to audio when trying to memorize medications. I bought a box of medication flashcards rather than writing them out.

“I suggest you memorize all medications, if possible, one by one.”

I recommend this, simply because you’ll be writing notecards for hours otherwise.

I would, when I could, audio record myself discussing certain medications and would then listen to it over and over again.

It’s terribly boring, but it gets the job done.

And last, but not least, draw pictures. If you’re studying Lisinopril, for example, draw a quick picture of a hose dribbling water. If you’re stumped on a question on the test pertaining to Lisinopril, think about the picture. “Ah, it lowers blood pressure.”

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” As you’re studying pharmacology, make this your mantra.

I suggest you memorize all medications, if possible, one by one.

Don’t kid yourself, unless you have a photographic memory, you won’t remember everything, but focus on what’s important, e.g. purpose, side effects, and ways in which it can kill you.

I’m sure your pharmacology instructor will tell you what she wants and why she wants it.

After memorizing medications, memorize them by group. I’m sure all pharmacology classes are different, but most pharmacology classes groups of medications by body system.

The problem with learning is that everyone learns differently. Whilst in pharmacology, experiment, as you’ll eventually find something that works.

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