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Our program is using Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 14th by Katsung & Masters. We are on the second week of this class, and I am having a difficult time getting started on the reading, or even studying for it. 

The book is dense, and has MANY words/topics that are difficult to understand. I totally understand that I need to read and just study, which I am. 

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to go about this course? Is pharmacology just a difficult course to follow?

I am feeling inadequate, and lost. However, I want to retain the most out of this class. 

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I liked pharm a lot. Having a background as an ER tech and paramedic really helped. I took pharm as a 1st yr and got paid to tutor it as a 2nd year. Unless someone at Drexel has gotten a perfect score in the course since I graduated , I still have the all time high score of 998/1000 points possible for the course. The question I missed was badly written 🙂

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3 hours ago, omaur said:

Our program is using Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 14th by Katsung & Masters. We are on the second week of this class, and I am having a difficult time getting started on the reading, or even studying for it. 

The book is dense, and has MANY words/topics that are difficult to understand. I totally understand that I need to read and just study, which I am. 

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to go about this course? Is pharmacology just a difficult course to follow?

I am feeling inadequate, and lost. However, I want to retain the most out of this class. 

There is a lot to cover in pharm. I found that the best way I would remember the drugs was to draw "family trees" of the various drugs (like the cephalosporins, with each branch being a generation) and then using colors to describe what made each one different. It took a lot of time to do that but I found that I could remember the trees during exams, which is all that mattered.

Each of us learn differently and each class puts its own special demands on how we study. Be willing to experiment.

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