Here are a few things about the pre-req. subjects for medicine. It’s sort of a ‘behind the handbook’ look at each of them but remember that the assessment may have changed for your year.
(1) Principles of Human Structure
- You might be given a PRS clicker. It means personal response system. If you complete Integrative Human Physiology in the same semester you’ll use the same clicker for each subject. In the lectures, questions will be put up, usually based on a concept that would have just been discussed. You use the clicker to answer A, B, C, D or to type in an answer. You need to answer something like 75% of the questions to get the full 5% (and they don’t need to be the correct answers). It’s a pretty easy way to get some marks and may be the difference between a H1 and H2A. Here is the down side: different lecturers will have different amounts of questions so if you’re sick one day you might miss 5 questions or 20.
- There were two MSTs when I did this subject. These tests were partly based on the pracs and there were true/false questions to do as practice. You also got the answers to these questions and we were told that they would be on the MSTs. Very easy marks.
- You might get three lectures (1 lecture on each) on endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm derivatives. Even though they are only given a small amount of time, don’t make the mistake of thinking that they will only be given a 1 or 2 mark question. We had a 10-15 mark question on mesoderm derivatives.
- You will have seen all the pictures for the practical exam before in your lectures, prac notes, or on Anatomedia. Review these. If they give you practice questions with certain features numbered, know these but also know what the other structures are in the image.
(2) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- The tutorials are probably not what you are used to. There are usually around 100 kids in a lecture theatre but it’s pretty interactive with the lecturer going through some questions and students can bring up areas that they have trouble with.
- The exam will most likely be divided into the different sections that each lecturer took. This is great as you can do your strongest areas first.
- You may have 3 hours to do this exam and it will probably only take you two.
(3) Integrative Human Physiology
- Similar PRS advice to Principles of Human Structure.
- Either Human Structure or Human Physiology provided many practice exams. Complete these questions to get an idea of the topics covered however the formatting might be different in the final exam (for Human Physiology) e.g. we had diagrams to label, putting steps into correct orders, and your basic questions. We could choose which questions to do, something like 5/7 for section A and 1/3 for section B. Keep in mind that some questions take longer than others e.g. putting 15 steps into a correct sequence will most likely take longer than answering a few short answer questions.