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drug composition and properties, synthesis and drug design

It is a widely accepted notion among students that studying pharmacology is the most boring and terrifying subject that one comes across in a medical school in the Caribbean. Students are supposed to know about each drug, mechanism of action, indication, routes of administration, elimination, excretion, contraindications, drug interactions and a lot more. Recognizing each drug and learning the differences and similarities between the drugs is essential to understand the fundamentals of pharmacology.

In fact, pharmacology is one of the most important subjects that you will need to remember for the rest of your career. Therefore, it is important to effectively learn different drugs, their categories, mechanisms, and pharmacokinetics, instead of cramming just for tests and quizzes.

If you are one of those medical students looking for easy ways to study pharmacology and how to get good grades in this difficult course, then you’re at the right place. We have compiled a list of smart ways that’ll help you excel in your pharmacology course.

Create an Effective Learning Strategy

Starting out in pharmacology is no easy feat. Countless drugs, numerous side effects, counterindications and a lot of drug interactions. Already feeling shivers down your spine? We get it. This is, indeed, very frightening. Knowing how to study this difficult subject effectively is about creating a workable learning strategy. It’s all about knowing what to learn and how to learn. If you don’t know the trick, you won’t be able to learn information that you need to know.

For instance, when it comes to learning antibacterial drugs that are not classified in an appropriate way, taking drug-by-drug approach doesn’t work. There is no need to learn non-specific side effects such as vomiting, nausea, as these are the most common side effects that are applicable to nearly all drugs. Instead, learn the specific side effects of drugs. This way, you can stay focused and learn only the necessary or relevant information that you need to know to not falter during exams and afterward.