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medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities

Focus on the Mechanism of Action

To make the learning process much easier, you can start with learning how the body is affected by administrating different sets of drugs such as increased heart rate, slower heart rate, increase urination, lower blood sugar level, etc. Learning why the drugs are used and how the body is affected can work well and create a strong and deeper understanding of the impact of each drug. When you thoroughly learn how the body is responding to different drugs, move to their classes and categories.

Use Flashcards

To speed up the memorization process, use flashcards and bring them everywhere with you and read them over and over again. Mention the drug name, drug type, dosage, indications, contraindications, the mechanism of action and why it is given for.

Interlink the Concepts

In order to clearly understand the fundamentals and pharmacological actions or side effects, try interlinking the different topics. This will boost your ability to memorize and to come up with a critical analysis that you can recall any time you want.

Let’s take an example of calcium channel blockers – verapamil, nifedipine, and diltiazem. Each one acts in a different way. So, if someone asks you to tell which calcium blocker is more appropriate for hypertensive patients, you’ll instantly respond that it’s verapamil as it decreases cardiac output which indirectly decreases blood pressure.

The major benefit of interlinking concepts is that it avoids confusion and helps you retrieve the information with a single clue.

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The Power of Visual Representation

Whether you believe it or not, visual presentation makes the learning process faster while transforming the complex learning material into easy to revise information. Information that is presented in a graphical representation and flowcharts can easily be absorbed by the human mind than textual presentation.

You can learn the specific drug, its class, category, mechanism of action, adverse effects, interaction, in fact, everything about it with the help of an infographic. So, when you find a particular topic difficult, try to create a flowchart, graph, table or an infographic, to understand the concept. This will make studying pharmacology fun and more interesting.

To Wrap Things Up

Whether you’re a student at a medical school in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world, you should understand the importance of pharmacology. Excelling in your pharmacology course is a long and time-consuming process. The key is to simplify the learning process and only remember important details. You can solidify your knowledge and learn in-depth pharmacological processes during your clinical years. Having a strong understanding of how drugs work and why they are given can help you become a great physician.