Quick note. I've been crunched for time. I've been doing biochemistry for the last two days. I went through all of First Aid. I read selectively and quickly through Lippincott's Biochemistry. I really like this book. If I had more time, I would have read even more closely, but at the moment, I had to move quickly.
I did all the UWorld biochem questions, scoring >80% on nearly every test. USMLERx was OK, but the questions are not very realistic. I see a lot of recurring themes though.
I also made some Anki cards for things that I care to remember regarding biochem. Nutritional biochem is one of those topics that I see great utility for in my career and just in life. So I paid close attention to the sections on metabolism and I made a lot of cards. I won't do all those cards right now, but they're banked for future learning and retention.
- Know the genetic diseases cold.
- Whole pathway memorization is not necessary in most cases. KNOW THE REGULATORY STEPS! That is key. Ex. glycolysis. Know about PFK and its regulation.
- Pathways that show up a lot: glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, glycogenolysis, urea cycle, heme synthetic pathway
- Vitamins - know what they all do.
Day 6 (today). Starting anatomy! It's also going to be a quick ride.
(1) Read all the "Blue Boxes" in Moore's Essentials of Clinical Anatomy. Make cards as needed.
These Blue Boxes are super high yield and I swear I've seen UWorld questions that look like they got ripped right out of there.
(2) Underground Clinical Vignettes: Anatomy. Will do a quick read time permitting.
(3) First Aid of course
(4) UWorld/USMLERx questions
Anki: So making cards is a time-consuming endeavor. Whenever possible, I want to minimize the work and maximize the benefits. Thankfully, Anki has powerful ways to batch import information and greatly minimize the work.
So this morning this is what I did. I found muscle tables online. There are lots of sources, but this is the one I used. I then copied the tables, pasted into an excel file and imported to Anki. Before that, I created templates in Anki that would accomodate the formatting of the tables I imported. The result: 1500+ cards, perfectly structured, ready to use, all in the span of 10 minutes. Doing something like this is one of life's pleasures... feeling like you're cheating the universe a bit, or getting a really deep discount on something. : )
Here's what my setup looked like
I'm not going to post this deck since the information I put into the deck hasn't been rendered in any way by me. But anyone who wants to do this can easily do it in a few minutes with these instructions:
Anyway, that's all for now. Time to read those Blue Boxes. Happy studying.