HuBio 554 Genetics
Winter Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Mark Hannibal
Date: April 15, 2010
Number of Respondents: 156
Response Rate: 71%
HB 554: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Stay current on the material.
Start on the practice early on
Do practice tests.
I really did not enjoy this class. That said, I think it's possible to get through it without too much trouble. I would suggest
either reading the syllabus, or going to lecture. Probably both is not essential. What I ended up doing is this: going to
lecture (not understanding most of it), reading part of the syllabus (then getting frustrated by it and stopping), and then,
come time for the final, doing all the practice tests. Unless they change the format, practice tests are the absolute most
important thing to do in order to pass the class. If you want to get honors and are willing to write the extra credit paper,
then review lecture notes as well.
Use the student generated media package
Do all practice exams. Understand Bayes and probability. Memorize the genetic diseases sheet from the wiki.
Read the syllabus and the most important part is to do all of the practice tests before the final.
Just go over the previous final exams. Half the questions are recycled.
Study the old tests, for sure. Final was largely made up of old questions.
Read the syllabus or go to lecture but there's no need to do both. Do all the practice tests that you can find. Use small
group to get your questions answered and work through probability problems.
Do the practice exams before taking the final. I read the book and I'm glad I did.
Memorize old tests; about 30 percent of the Final consisted of re-used questions.
Go to small group and try to work through the assignments on your own first it will really make them more valuable
Study old practice tests
You do not need to go to lecture. It is not worth going, just read they syllabus and attend small groups. But don't leave
this class until the last minute.
Read the syllabus thoroughly. Engage with small group leader.
Work through old exams before the test!
Do the previous practice exams, especially 2007. Expect the questions to be difficult to understand and get as much
practice at these exams because (1) questions are often reused (2) you can get practice at answering the chairs kind of
questions. Use the disease table posted on wiki as a study guide and start memorizing diseases as soon as you feel
The class goes by very quickly; make sure you do not get behind.
Don't bother going to lectures, but stay up-to-date on the material and feel free to use your book to go over important
concepts. Small groups really help illustrate the things you need to know.
The textbook was not necessary for this class. All of the necessary information is sufficiently explained in the syllabus.
Just focus on the syllabus and any other materials you find. Lecture usually isn't worth it.
Study the practice tests. For us about 10% of final questions came directly from the old tests.
Don't continue to go to lecture if you don't like the first one. You can do well only attending small group and reading the
Focus on the lectures and small group exercises (syllabus is superfluous). Do all of the practice exams before the final.
Study from the syllabus, go to the prenatal lectures.
From what I'm hearing, if you memorize previous tests you'll do fine, if you rely on the syllabus you won't.
Buy the book and really read it! It describes the concepts so nicely, and has fabulous diagrams. It is your best resource in
Study the old exams and know them like the back of your hand.
I never went to lecture because it was boring, not interactive, and not useful. It was a waste of time - instead of listening to
the instructor read off the slides the entire time; I just went over them on my own and read the syllabus. For the exam this
year it was ~90% old test questions, so do all the practice finals on the website!
Take the old exams and memorize the slides. That's how you're going to pass.
Do the previous exams.
If you aren't going to go to lecture, make sure you study the syllabus and the lecture slides, and when the final rolls around,
take every single past test you can find.
Take the practice exams.
Do all the practice questions from past tests.
Read syllabus--> more helpful than class. Do the practice exams.
I think Genetics is a clinically high-yield topic so it’s worthwhile to pay attention.
Buy the book. It is well written and more coherent than class.
Do the practice exams!
Study the previous year's tests
Do all practice exams.
Go to small groups, keep up with the syllabus. The final exam sneaks up on you
Read and study the syllabus. Going to class is fun but not very productive.
Only go to guest lectures.
Take the old tests to get an accurate representation of what the current test will look like. Studying the syllabus will not
prepare you because the concepts are not clearly taught.
Easily the worst class of med school thus far (and that is saying a lot). Study the syllabus, but you probably won't learning
anything in the course. My undergrad bio course with a 2 week section on genetics taught me more than this entire course.
Use the textbook to supplement.
Don't know what to tell you, this class was horrible and badly taught. Best of luck.
Yes, you do have to memorize a bunch of random facts about chromosomal disorders, but it's equally important to really
understand the conceptual aspects of medical genetics. Balance your study time between both aspects of this course.
Do all of the old tests.
Prepare before small group - you don't have to have complete answers for every question, but have something! Go to small
group; it is an invaluable opportunity to get a feel for the clinical side of genetics.
Do the previous year’s practice tests!
Try to get the syllabus before each class! Push for change! Use the small groups to learn the material!
Take the old exams to prepare for final.
Read the syllabus and go to small group. For the test look at all the old ones. Most questions are recycled.
Go to small groups (and prepare ahead of time!)
Focus most of your energy on the small group sessions and learn the information presented in class. I didn't use the
syllabus at all because it didn't work very well for my learning style, and it came out alright to learn just the class
Focus studying on practice tests.
Memorize the old exams!!!
Buy the book and read it. Don't go to lecture just mine the slides for descriptions and details that are not present in the
syllabus or explained in the syllabus
Do all of the practice exams because our final examination was considerably taken from those past exams.
Go to small group
Study the syllabus.
Buy a basic genetics book to supplement the syllabus. Even though he says it is only "recommended" you will not be
taught the basics and will likely need to fill in a lot of the foundation in yourself early in the course. Once the basics are
established, learning the different disorders is not that difficult, just pure memorization. But for the first 2 weeks you will
need outside help because you will not get it in class.
Do all practice exams before the final! It will help you a lot.
Study the previous year's exam
Don’t go to lecture, try to get the syllabus ahead of time. Go to small groups, review old tests.
Look at the old finals.
Do your small group work ahead of time.
The recommended book is not necessary, but it is a good reference.
Do all the old exams tests
Don't bother with lectures; they're basically word for word off the syllabus. Take a bunch of practice exams as this is really
the only way you will be able to answer the questions and know what is focused on.
Lecture is not high yield. Work from the syllabus, and keep up! Try to use the actually small (~11 people) group for active
learning instead of being passive. It's easy to let this one slide until the weekend before the final. Make sure you memorize
the disease chart on the Med Wiki and a few practice exams in preparation for the final.
Do the old practice exams.
Buy the non-required book, stay home, and study that.
Do the old practice tests.
Don't waste your time going to lectures and small groups; everything that is on the final is in the syllabus. Final has a lot
of obscure details about diseases.
Study the previous finals early in your studying.
Study old exams and memorize questions. This will allow you to pass the class. Forget about wasting your time with
studying. This will get you nowhere with this course. Memorizing old questions is the key!
Study old tests, come to class only if you feel like you have to, prepare before small group.
The optional book is definitely optional. You need to review the lecture, the syllabus, and the small groups to do well on
the final. Prep for small group.
Really know the diseases well
Go over old exams
Small groups are great. Lectures aren't worth going to. The 2009 syllabus is much better than the new 2010 syllabus, so
ask the course chair to put the old one online.
Read the syllabus; learn minute details (chromosome number, location, signs, symptoms, type of mutation, etc) about the
Just look at the old tests and don't even bother learning. They final was basically work for word. Just look at First Aid for
the really "need to know" one in a 1,000,000 enzyme disease.
Do old exams! Most of the questions on our final were taken straight from them.
Do old practice exams before taking the final
Don't go to class, just study the old tests, and use the syllabus if you can tolerate it.
Study the old final exams and memorize the answers.
If you have a background in genetics, just read the test and go through the lecture slides. If you are new to genetics
probably get the text. _____________ reads the text off slides for lectures.
Look at all the old exams before taking the final. Chances are you will be seeing most of those questions again.
If you have a previous genetics textbook, use that to study rather than the syllabus, which is extremely confusing and
Make sure to go to small group and prepare ahead of time
If the format stays the same, memorize the answers to the practice test.
Study the MedWiki tables on diseases and the old exams. Unfortunately, studying the text and syllabus will only produce
your own edification; it won't help you very much in passing the class.
Keep a table of diseases going and learn them well. The exams are very disease and definition focused. Do practice
exams! A lot of questions are recycled.
Do not go to class if it does not help you, read the syllabus, First Aid, and BRS Path, and do the practice tests. Small
group may be helpful for some of the probability calculations.
Study old exams.
Do all the previous exams provided as practice for the final.
Do the practice tests, you'll regret it if you don't.
Read the book.
HuBio 555 Medicine, Health & Society
Winter Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chairs: Dr. Susan Allan and Dr. Frederick Chen
Date: April 15, 2010
Number of Respondents: 167
Response Rate: 77%
HB 555: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
You can get a lot from this course if you put in the time.
Enjoy the topics of this class, they are all very interesting.
Give yourself adequate time to prepare for quizzes and the paper. Don't wait until the last minute.
You don't need to read the book twice despite what some might say. Just read it once the night before the corresponding
quiz and you'll be fine (and skim through lectures as they like to pick out nitpicky details on some of the quizzes)
They brought in a great array of instructors from a variety of fields - worth hearing!
Read the textbook!
The quizzes are harder and more detail oriented than you might imagine-- make sure you do all the reading assignments,
review the PowerPoints, and go to / watch the relevant lectures before each quiz if you want to do well.
Study the lecture slides the day before/of the quiz. Do the reading, but don't focus primarily on that.
Do the reading and attend the lectures. Some things may seem dull or 'easy' relative to other classes but this stuff is
extremely important. Try to discuss it with someone and you realize that even if you thought it was easy you actually
didn't retain as much as you thought. The book has cutesy examples that help you remember the dry stuff.
Go to the lectures! They are, for the most part, quite interesting and will help you gain a broader perspective on the health
It is an important course and a good break from everything else. If you study the presentations you will be just fine.
Read book, read ppts, you will pass easily
Just take a deep breath.
Don't stress out about this class, try to enjoy a different type of learning, enjoy the lecturers; the quizzes aren't bad!
Do not count on the lectures being adequate for the quizzes. Read the text in addition to watching/attending the lectures.
Attend the lectures and take them seriously
Read the textbook but review the lectures for the quizzes. Take the quizzes seriously! (Same-day review: highlighting
from text, skim readings again, and flip through PowerPoints)
Watch the recorded lectures on 1.5x speed to maximize your time. You need to do the book readings to do well on the
Go to lecture. Go over the PowerPoints before each quiz. For the essay, do not be fooled by the short length of the paper
(3pgs). The research you have to put in to develop your stance and defend it will be the same, if not more, than that
required of a 5-8pg paper. This is simply because each word counts more so you have to research to understand the full
picture, and then distill down to the most important aspects of the paper.
Be prepared for really specific, nitpicky questions on the quizzes. Everyone complained about how ridiculously detailed
Take the paper seriously. The quizzes are on minute details so prepare accordingly.
It's a really good class. Go to lectures.
Go to lecture and don't worry this class is easy.
Start your essay early so you can polish it and find quality references.
It's a lottery what your grade will be in the end.
Go to class. Many people start skipping, mostly because this course is less filled with minutiae to memorize, but
nevertheless these topics are incredibly important, and the speakers who Drs. Chen and Allan recruit are phenomenal.
Do all of the reading. Making outlines helps.
Memorize statistics - they will be on the exam.
Make sure you read the book for the class and participate in the small groups to get the most out of the class
Do the readings - the textbook is fabulous.
Go to class - study hard hard hard for the quizzes as they often test details you would think are not worth learning since
they do not have to do with the big picture. Take a lot of time on the essay, have someone else read it before you turn it in
- they are graded quite stringently!
Read all the material to do well on the quizzes. They will ask about irrelevant details. Pay attention to numbers
I really enjoyed this course as a change of pace. To do well on the quizzes, you need to do the reading and go to
Definitely necessary to read the textbook in order to do well enough to get honors. You will be tested on the details.
Definitely read the book. It has a lot of really great information, and this is likely the only time in medical school you will
be given lectures on these topics
Make sure you read ahead, and then study for the quizzes. They can be very difficult if you don't do the reading. Take
some time on your paper. It's only three pages, but it's graded quite hard, and you need to put in serious time if you want
This is real life stuff, do not miss this class
Don't blow the quizzes off, they are a big part of your grade, and they require studying to get them correct.
Read all of the material, including articles, etc. Review it all, plus lecture slides, prior to quizzes and you should do okay.
Pay attention to detail because they sometimes quiz on that. Don't blow off quizzes or journal club; make a good effort on
the essay, and you will pass no problem, maybe even get honors. The essays were graded toughly, but fairly - plan to
spend a day on it in order to get maximum points!
Come to the lectures on health care in other countries and health care as it relates to the constitution. They were awesome.
Attend lectures. They are really interesting a lot of quiz questions come from what is said in lectures not just the reading.
You have to jump through hoops. Hopefully they improve the curriculum for you.
There is a lot of valuable stuff you will learn in this course; it can be painfully boring and dry; but it will fill in a lot of the
gaps of why things are the way they are.
Do the readings, know the PowerPoints, and be sure maximize your quiz grades.
Review details from lectures and the book before the quizzes. The quizzes often test little details and not just broad
Get the specific requirements for the essay.
At least read all the short articles - they are worth it.
Make it pass fail based on attendance and small group. There is no reason this should be a class you can get honors in
because a lot of the grading is incredibly subjective. This course broke the rules set forth in the student handbook by not
allowing students to miss for medical reasons; Not listing the exam/quizzes on the planning calendar. I wonder what tests
are going to surprise the class this quarter.
Attend lectures and do the reading. It is important material!
Lectures and readings are really interesting. They provide a nice break from the pressures of other classes. Enjoy them
and you can honors the course.
The material is interesting to think about and it puts clinical medicine into a bigger picture of health.
The book is interesting as well as helpful for the quizzes.
Read the little blurbs online before each class--it helps clarify exactly what each lecture is trying to accomplish. The
textbook contains valuable information. Make time to read it!
Join curriculum committee so you can change it.
Just grin and bear it. The information is important, but really how necessary is it for us right now when we should be
focusing on diagnosing heart murmurs and analyzing chem7. Because if we can't do the basic things, then our knowledge
of public health policy isn't going to help us be good doctors. This class should be later in our careers or at least later in our
Don't study too hard for the quizzes because it probably won't help you much. I would review the material but not in gory
Read the book
The best class to attend, a great opportunity that not all medical schools teach!
Do the reading.
Being able to get into the mind of the person asking the question seems to be much more valuable than trying to learn all of
the possible details.
Book is great. Easy class. Enjoy.
Watch lectures online and read the book before the quizzes - they will test off minutiae.
Most of the quiz questions come from the readings.
I don't know what to say. This class is going to frustrate you because the quizzes test little, tiny details (like statistics), so in
order to do well you will spend so much time memorizing these things and not getting the point of the class. "Cannot see
the forest for the trees"
Study the details; know the concepts and you'll be just fine. Relax.
HuBio 556 Hormones & Nutrients
Winter Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chairs: Dr. Anthony DeSantis and Dr. Brad Anawalt
Date: April 15, 2010
Number of Respondents: 157
Response Rate: 70%
HB 556: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Don’t go to small groups. Read the syllabus. The final will not be fun regardless of your preparation.
Study really hard for this class; it's the hardest of the quarter. The final exam is very difficult and detailed, so prepare
It was helpful to go to lecture because key concepts were highlighted and it gave me an idea of what to focus on when
reading the syllabus chapters, which were really lengthy and detailed. The midterm is no-fault, but take it seriously
because the final is a lot harder and it will help to have done well on the midterm!
If you want to get honors, read the syllabus very carefully in its entirety and know it well. Go to small group - they are
very helpful. Be sure to do practice exams.
Do the questions at the end of the syllabus chapters.
Stay current on the material, especially towards the end of the course.
Go to small groups. Study really hard for the final!
Keep up with the material and try to read before lecture. You will get much more out of the small group sessions if you
use them as a review, rather than trying to learn the material for the first time.
Read the syllabus! The lectures were helpful, but small groups were not as beneficial.
Don't fall behind
Read the syllabus since a lot of the details in there are not covered in the lectures but are tested on.
Try to attend the small groups and thoroughly read the syllabus.
The syllabus is really useful
Do many practice questions
Stay caught up!
Go to small groups. Though attending the small groups is not required, attending them will help clarify the subject matter.
Lots of material. Pay attention, work hard. Ask questions! Talk with other students if that helps you to keep all the
feedback loops straight.
Know everything. Lectures are great but everything you need to know is in the syllabus.
Do not underestimate the exams - they are difficult, but fair.
Make sure you understand the tests and clinical manifestations.
Keep up with the material.
Go to class! Go to small group! Try to read the material before small group so that you can apply that knowledge.
This is an awesome class, where you put in a lot of things together, pathology, and renal physiology and cardiovascular.
So prepare for lecture and small groups. You would have learned the material by the end of small groups.
Study hard and do the quizzes online.
Do not listen to Dr. DeSantis when he claims that he is "not an orca.” He is an orca, and will write a very difficult final
exam. Know every detail in the syllabus as well as you can.
Memorize every detail of the syllabus because the test questions expect you to have done so. Small group can be hit or
miss depending upon the leader. Study hard for this course!
This is one of the most fundamental topics of medicine; pay attention. So many things to learn here that will be a day to
day experience in the real world of medicine (thyroid, diabetes, Cushing's) I saw endocrine issues every week in clinic.
Don't go to small group; take the time to read the syllabus. Do the quizzes because you will absolutely need that 4% going
into the final if you hope to pass.
Read the Syllabus.
Besides the usual advice of reading the syllabus and going to class, I would definitely recommend doing the questions at
the end of each chapter. I did these as I completed each chapter and only needed to study these for exams.
One of the best of the quarter, study hard and do good on the quiz because the final is incredibly difficult. Focus a lot more
on the hormones part and very little on the nutrition part
The exams will ask you to synthesize and evaluate the interactions between diseases and hormones. Knowing the diseases
is just the first step.
Read the syllabus but concentrate mostly on the concepts covered in lecture.
Make sure you read the syllabus before the small groups
Go to small group, it covers additional material and is more clinically oriented like the exams.
Keep up with the reading!
It’s tough, but keep working hard at it. Study hard for the final because it is very challenging.
Take the first part of the course seriously. Even though the midterm is no fault, it will help you in the second part of the
course, and greatly on the final, if you understand how all of this material comes together.
The syllabus is great for details, but not always stellar for bigger picture. Draw your own diagrams or pictures to help you
understand the material in an integrated fashion.
Know all of the diseases, their causes, diagnostic criteria, and treatment! This will help you on the final, and will help your
understanding of the material in general!
Try to synthesize the massive amounts of information - focus on the clinical diseases, diagnostic tests, and treatments.
Don't get hung up on the biochemical/molecular details.
Work hard to think clinically and know what tests can be run.
Prepare for final. Syllabus is mediocre - find outside sources to solidify understanding.
Stay up with the hormone pathways, and you'll do fine. Focus on clinical examples for the tests. They are almost 100%
Stay caught up on the material. Read the syllabus before lecture. Go to small groups and make every effort to have
prepared before these sessions, as you will get more out of them!
Be prepared for a ridiculous final.
This course takes work. Read the syllabus back to front. And then again. Go lecture. Go to small groups. Do whatever
practice questions are available.
Know the boxes and bolded statements in the syllabus, and then spend the rest of the time studying for the USMLE, don’t
sweat the H.
Talk about the material with other students. Being a solo studier is going to make this course very difficult since many of
the diseases and feedback loops are complicated. It helps to bounce ideas off of a partner or group.
It's a great course, very relevant and interesting material. Be sure to learn the material well because it will be important for
the rest of your career, let alone Step 1.
Really soak up the expertise of the small group leaders and ask lots of questions.
Attend the small groups
Focus on the clinical aspects of the course
Love it! Read before small groups to be prepared. Go to small groups, many physicians take time, unpaid, from their busy
schedule to teach us. It is respectful.
Ask for ways to apply the knowledge like you will be expected to in the final during the course.
Endocrinology is fascinating, enjoy! There's tons of information, keep up with the reading of the syllabus.
This class is hard. Spend time with it. Understand relationships between hormones and what kind of body states cause
increased or decreased levels. Exams are detail oriented.
Go to small groups! Cements the big and often complicated topics. Stay up on reading, syllabus is too detailed but well
This class is very amendable to taking notes in the USMLE Step 1 First Aid book. I would recommend following along,
taking notes, and using it to organize some of the information. When exam time comes, you'll have a nice concise
summary of what you need to know. Endocrine brings a lot of concepts together (urinary, biochemistry, etc.) So take
advantage of the chance to review these concepts.
Learn the irrelevant details for the final. True, they're not important, but they are for the final.
Stay on top of the material and go to small group. Make sure especially that you take note of the important clinical points
and their applications. The final is very clinical!
Study hard for the midterm; you'll hate yourself at the final if you don't.
Don't focus on the background (biochem, physiology, anatomy) material for the tests. Instead know the clinical stuff cold,
like what tests to order, what lab values to expect, etc. Lecture on 2x speed is great.
Definitely attend the small groups. Even though they are not required for your grade, the information really helps solidify
the concepts discussed in large group. The clinical applications are more pertinent to what we will encounter in the future,
so it is a good idea to start thinking that way. The cases help you learn how to approach clinical multiple choice questions,
which will be on exams for this class, as well as the boards
Go to class and small groups.
Keep on top of this course, there is so much information, and much it is nuanced. The tests are more difficult than most
other courses require tertiary level thinking. Go to small groups, despite what the course chair says, everything covered in
small group is on the exam.
The small groups are generally very helpful.
The final is really really hard! Don't believe him when he says it will be fine. Study like crazy.
Focus on highlighted points in the syllabus and use lecture to fill in any difficult concepts. Tests are based on both syllabus
and lecture. Small group is helpful for some of the concepts. Remember to do the older (2004 and older) nutrition practice
exams on the med wiki now that the course is combined.
Stay on top of the material and attend lecture.
Put on your clinical thinking cap, tests are clinical based
Try to keep up - you'll get more out of it along the way. Study hard for the midterm even though it is no-fault; it will make
studying for the final much more manageable!
This is a difficult course which requires much clinical thinking. Prepare for this class' exams often and early.
Read the syllabus!
Do well on midterm, because the final is tough.
Stay up on the reading and have it done before small group. It was make small groups less like pulling teeth to get
answers. Small groups really help you pull everything together for unfamiliar topics!
Stay on top of the reading and don't get behind
Learn the clinical aspects of this course very well. There's a ton of information!
Enjoy this class. It's a ton of material but it's well taught and the small groups are fun.
Concentrate on the clinical aspects
HuBio 557 Pathology
Winter Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Tom Norwood
Date: April 15, 2010
Number of Respondents: 164
Response Rate: 74%
HB 557: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Stay current on the material.
Read the syllabi and make sure to go to the sarcoma and pediatric cancer lectures. The others are of questionable quality
Focus on the PowerPoint slides for studying.
This class is interesting and low stress.
Go to the lab sections and take good notes
Use the notes provided and study from them and use the textbook as a backup resource.
The lecture recordings were a great resource for review.
Go to the CPC and labs. Skip the rest of the lectures.
Make sure you look over the PowerPoints before the exam
It is better to study for this throughout the quarter rather than trying to learn the entire course in the one day before the
Go to class. A lot of people were shocked by how much they had to study as the end of winter exam arrived, mostly
because they had not attended class and had not witnessed how much material there actually was to learn.
Go to lecture if it is not recorded
The exam focuses on endocrine pathology and sarcomas, so focus on these aspects of the class.
PowerPoints-know the info.
Read Robbins if you want to study for boards simultaneously.
BRS Pathology is a great resource in addition to Robbins.
Keep up with lectures and the final quiz will be much easier.
If they don't change the lecture schedule, then you may feel that this class is randomly and sporadically scheduled. I
encourage you to make study sheets and at least review the material briefly before getting to the end of the term and having
to learn everything cram-style.
Go to class. The information may be straightforward, but the slides won't make sense if you don't take notes on them from
Read the syllabus and study the lecture slides
Go to Dr. Norwood's review session and you will do fine! He is fair and approachable, and will boil down the information
to what you need to know.
Do as much reading as you can to help put knowledge together
Read the handouts and take notes from the lectures on them then just use those to study from. Know the stains and the
chromosomal abnormalities well.
This is one of the most straight-forward classes you will have. Very little to stress about. Attend class, study the lecture
PowerPoints, and re-visit the virtual labs before every exam and you will do well.
Go to the CPC sessions - they are fun
A couple days is all you need for this material. Read the syllabi when possible and supplement with Robbins if you don't
understand something. Lectures were good, especially on 2x speed.
Details are important on the test.
Not sure how it will be organized (very poorly our year), you may have trouble skipping this class because some lecturers
refuse to allow their lectures to be recorded.
Go to lecture and take notes; it's the easiest way to get the info you need.
HuBio 559 PBL By Seattle
Winter Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Barry Goldstein
Date: April 15, 2010
Number of Respondents: 172
Response Rate: 69%
HB 559: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Invest time in this course because you will get much more out of it than you may realize. It will help to strengthen
everything you are learning in other classes.
Enjoy. You will learn a lot. And don't try to out due your classmates. All it does is annoy everyone else in your group.
This course is very enjoyable, you will learn a lot.
Be open to where the experience will take you - it is not always about getting the right answer.
Try to organize a plan of attack before jumping into the cases. Try to get your group to go through a case as you would in
ICM. Make certain you justify why you propose to include a problem or item on the differential, so that your group mates
have the opportunity to understand your thought process. You have to become a teacher!
Use the opportunity to learn as much as you can from your colleagues. Take time to figure out how to navigate websites
like Up-To-Date and WebMD. Push yourself out of your comfort zone to speak up without second guessing yourself, it
will only benefit you in third year when you are expected to actively participate and answer questions from your attendings
in addition to giving formal oral case presentations.
Great class, you'll love it. Don't brush off the learning objectives; they will help you learn important clinical skills.
Food is must. You get out of this course what you put in. Strive to make sure everyone in your group talks and feels
I would advice next year's students to be involved in group discussions as much as possible, because this really can practice
students' ability to analyze, and improve "leader" ability.
Get ready to love it!
This is a fun class! You definitely get out what you put in so really try to be involved with your group.
It’s fun to work with people of different styles, and learn from them. For God's sake don't take it too seriously we had a
great group b/c we were not afraid to challenge each other's ideas and have a real discussion.
Try to be effective with your time as a group and do not present too much info on your learning objective.
Enjoy! This is an awesome class.
The amount you get out of the experience completely depends on how much your group puts into the project.
Use these cases to solidify your understanding of diseases taught in other courses. These patients and scenarios will be
easier to remember during exams like Heme, so use these patients/cases to apply course concepts.
Push yourself to pick learning objectives that will challenge you
Enjoy it; it is similar to what we will experience on the wards. Take charge of your group and don't be afraid to organize
them if you feel you are getting off-track in your discussion.
Talk and participate more; don't be afraid to be wrong or think anyone cares if you consider a DDx that may later be
incorrect or invalid.
Keep in mind what you would improve about the provider's care and your group's problem solving process.
Be open to the medical student’s way of learning and not judgmental of each other since we are coming from different
learning styles, but take it as an opportunity to learn from each other
This class is fun. Speak up and don't be afraid to think off the wall.
Try to see the value of learning with your peers.
Take your objectives seriously
Just have fun.
Bring good snacks!
More guidance on general problem solving approach
Do an excellent job researching your learning objectives and you will take much more away from this course!!!
Have fun and don't stress about it.
Enjoy this change of pace from the tedium of the t wing!
Great, easy class. Enjoy it.
It is interesting and they should enjoy it.
Enjoy the break from the classroom and have fun!
Definitely take advantage of this opportunity. It is really a great chance to improve clinical reasoning and to learn how to
work in a group setting.
Relax and enjoy it...don't be overwhelmed by med students...they are just people.
Enjoy this class! Enjoy your team! It's a phenomenal complement to all the classroom time you have.
These cases are repetitive and learning objectives become scarce. Research things that you are interested in and you will
get more out of the course.
Go ahead and use PBL as an opportunity to research and teach areas that you want to know about when related and don't
just pick learning objectives that will lead to the "correct" answer.
To remind students from all classes that they are equal in opportunity to be there. As a PA student, MEDEX debriefed us
appropriately. I felt like the first day orientation made the PA's feel as though they did not deserve to be there.
You will get out of this course as much as you put into it. It's a great opportunity to look more deeply into clinical side of
the things you're learning in your other systems classes.
Go to PBL and have a good time, it's probably the most valuable class during Winter quarter.
Enjoy, this is a great course!!
Try to just jump in and tackle the cases and think less about the fact that there are different disciplines problem solving
Enjoy it because it is fun and unique, but be grateful that you aren't at a school dominated by PBL.
Come well prepared and try to make your presentation focused on the patient not the general objective. Try to memorize
Take advantage of the opportunity to act like a real doctor when researching about your learning objectives as they pertain
to the cases. Enjoy, PBL is tons of fun!
Suck it up and do the work. Pick topics that are interesting to you -- this usually means speaking up with objectives during
the session. Picking something interesting makes the research feel less like busy work.
It’s a great learning experience, but it adds busy work to your week, so be aware of that.
Suggest and look up learning objective that YOU are interested in learning about.
Enjoy it. It’s little outside of class work and you get a chance to interact with each other.
Focus on learning how to find good sources for information. There is so much to read, the hard part is to find primary
data that can answer questions.
Relax and enjoy, this is a fun class. Put a limit on how much time you spend for each PBL learning objective so that you
have time to study for other classes. Keep in mind that some comments from PBL end up on the Dean's letter, but it is
It is very fun if you get a good group... try to open up and make it enjoyable. Don’t take it too seriously.
Hands down, the best course of second year. Bring food and have fun with your group.
Don't be afraid to speak up.
Prepare your learning objective well and contribute to the class discussion. If you do these things, it will be a rich
Read the communication tips on the website
The outside research may feel like busy work (and generally is), but make the most of your in-class time - it's a great
opportunity to dialogue with colleagues and practice clinical reasoning.
It’s really up to the students in each group to make the most of their experience. If you set the bar high for yourselves early
in the course, you learn a whole lot more.
Don't pick learning objectives you're not interested in. Learn what you want, even if it's not that pertinent to the case.
Make sure it is a student lead experience so that it is worthwhile. Be open to learning from your peers and be aware of
how much you have to gain from their insight - now and always in clinical practice.
Enjoy this class; it is one of the most enjoyable all year!
Don't be afraid to speak up!
Participate and enjoy this experience. If you come in w/ a bad attitude you won’t enjoy it.
There is a tendency to be too technical and miss the big picture. Don't get stuck on the details.
Keep an open mind.
Definitely go and make the most of it. You aren’t tested on it but it helps enhance learning in a team environment.
Find a way to get out of this. Do the bare minimum, set the objective to leave early. This is like a study group not a
medical school level course with associated cost.
Enjoy the ride
PBL is a great class; don't be afraid to speak up and comment or ask a question.
Show up and enjoy it!
Be actively involved in your learning, learn from your colleagues, and share what you know with your small group.
Focus on your patient rather than a lecture about the condition. For example, some basic information about DVT's, but
more so how this info. Would apply to the patient and management of the patient. We tended to do a mini lecture on
things with a ton of information and only a small part applicable to the patient when we first began.
Relax. See it as an opportunity to present and to teach each other. Our group was informal, efficient, and fun.
Take it seriously. It's easy to shirk it off as an easy class, but if you put effort into it, you'll get a lot out of it!
Make connections and be accepting to others - you can learn a lot from each other.
Don't just use UpToDate; find a variety of resources through the library website and even Google Scholar. According to
our tutor, our careers as students and residents will be enhanced by not relying on one source.
Be prepared to have late evenings two nights per week all quarter long.
Pick topics that challenge you to research
Hopefully you get a sort of laid-back leader that will keep you on track, but give you freedom as well. Have fun with this
class. Take the learning objectives seriously and use them as a chance to learn new and interesting things.
Have fun. Try to pick learning objectives that are relevant to you personally; either something that interests you, a
legitimate question that you had about the case, or something related to class. There is little worse than a useless PBL
objective. Talk to other students about it. I usually hate talking about school when I don't have to, but sometimes I got
some nice insights.
Relax. What you put in is what you'll get out of it. Please don't piss your group members off by being stubborn or not
pulling your weight. Try to be free with giving your ideas and practice backing them up.
HuBio 559 PBL By Anchorage, Spokane & Yakima
Winter Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Grace Landel
Date: April 15, 2010
Number of Respondents: 50
Response Rate: 96%
HB 559: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Read the syllabus. Hopefully next year's students will have a different tutor. I think this could be a really great learning
opportunity if the tutor was much less involved.
Shorten things like the debriefing session, move things along quicker, less faculty involvement. Faculty should just guide
and encourage the students to move things quickly, but should play a minimal role.
Just try to jump in and think. It’s sorta different at first but very useful.
One thing you don't have to stress about, just show up pay attention, and look your stuff up. But it's easy to spend too
much time on your assignment when you should be doing objectives.
Do your part, come prepared, and treat this as a genuine learning experience.
Depends on their group leader. Some require quite a bit of effort and we already had a ton of other things that needed our
attention more urgently.
Hope you get a good faculty member. Every group seemed to have a different experience based on who their faulty
member was. And other sites had completely different experiences. Not any consistency on how it was run. Not sure
how it was supposed to be run.
There is very little time overall for all of the information you are learning. If you have research, do it the night of the PBL
when you get home. If you forget or wait, you will be hastily searching for info. If you do it right away, you have more
time for research and you learn more.
Participate in discussion and you will get more out of the course.
When you present a learning objective, just focus on what is relevant to the case. An exhaustive explanation of every
aspect of your subject just confuses things. You will pick things up easier because they are relevant, and you will spend less
time in preparation!
Use an open mind and critical thinking skills!
I think the labs and information need to be a little more realistic. We are being taught motivational interviewing and I
think the scripted cases need to represent that.
At first I didn't think I would like it and definitely did not like the fact that we had to stay late for PBL. However, it ended
up being fun and probably the most relevant aspect of the coursework. Just make sure your group stays focused and
doesn't get off track!
The more time you put into to it you will get out of it.
Work together as a group, accept, and discuss all opinions and reasons for beliefs in specific areas.
Keep an open mind and remember there are no right or wrong answers.
Grit your teeth and bear it. Oh, and pray that you get TJ as your instructor.
Think outside the box but keep it simple. Try to discuss with the instructors this is your case and do whatever you think is
right or necessary don’t let them push you around and be rude to you.
Be open to all ideas. On the first day make it clear as a group that all ideas are to be entertained and no one will be
judgmental about information presented.
Stay focused, look into your objectives to learn all you can from them
Learn to use Health links really well.
Actively participating enhances the learning experience and everyone learns a little bit from each other.
Shake it off and breathe.
It pays to spend some time researching the topic assigned to you. You will learn so much more than you expected. And
listen to the other people in the group, their different backgrounds will only add to what you already know.
I would advise them that a major point is the categorized diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and problem list.
I think that the next year’s group needs to take control of their own group to make it their own experience in the beginning.
Don't let your instructors pimp you. I don't think this experience should create any anxiety or should be negative. I hope
they have an entirely different experience than I did.
Cut out the monotony and confusion of the day three PBL and the "role playing" non-sense (we are all literate). It would
help to define "Problem List" and what is meant to be identified in it...Some instructors said it was "what will become the
pt's PMHx" - While others said it were an extension of your differential diagnosis such as CP (being pericardititis, MI,
Angina, and so forth).
HuBio 551 Gastrointestinal System
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Bruce Silverstein
Date: June 17, 2010
Number of Respondents: 137
Response Rate: 63%
HB 551: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Stay caught up! Put your other classes aside. Repetition is huge. Go over the material. Re-listen to the lectures - that
helped me a ton (again, repetition). Mark your syllabus with tabs before the exams so you can easily find topics. Go to
small group prepared and participate! Have fun - this was by far one of my favorite courses of second year!
Read the syllabus before small group!
Prepare for small group
Go to small groups! Look over the lecture slides before quizzes. They are high yield!
Honors essays are arbitrarily chosen--don't be surprised if you don't get honors in this class.
Go to small group and class. It's a lot of work, but this class was the most fun course of the year (along with cardio). By
the end of everything, you actually develop critical thinking skills, a seeming-novelty in the first two years of medical
Even though the reading assignments take hours every night, do them before the lecture and small group session. Don't
stress about honors in this class because it is a crapshoot and you will only get it if you are lucky and happen to write
exactly what they are thinking; they give no feedback on how to improve your essays so studying more will not help. It is
very intense but just take it one day at a time, one week at a time and it'll be over before you know it.
The small group sessions are where you will learn the most - go to them.
Attend the small group sessions.
Attend all of the sessions and participate.
Read before class! It’s easy not to do, but you will learn a lot more.
Attending small group is a must. Meet with your classmates before every exam and go over the practice exam questions.
This will be extremely helpful for making sure you understand the material you will be tested on.
Keep up with the reading; go over lecture notes and old quiz questions before the exam. Don't sweat about honors - if it
happens it happens. Enjoy the small groups; they're really not that bad.
Read the syllabus, go to small group, and take part.
Awesome class, different style. Make sure to do the syllabus readings before going to class and small group. It will make a
huge difference. When preparing for the quizzes try to get things extremely organized so you aren't searching for
information. And the grading in the class is the most subjective you will see in school, but just try and learn it just as well
as you can, and then hope for the best.
Work your butt off.
Go to class and the small groups. If you do, you have to do very little studying for the quizzes; just review.
You'll leave this course with a much better understanding of this organ system than most of our other courses. It will rule
your life for three weeks though--but if you put in the time to read and study the night before, you can do most of your
actual learning in small group.
Don't worry about honors. This course has a lot of subjective grading.
Start the syllabus reading a week before the class starts
Enjoy it, read ahead each day, go to small group
I wish I could offer advice on how they grade but it totally seems like luck of the draw and random to me.
Focus on learning like usual but don't expect that hard work will pay off with honors.
Study for the quizzes. They may be open book, but they're still tough.
This was my favorite second year class and comparable to Anatomy in the immersion and dedication of instructors (at
least mine). Like Anatomy, you get out what you put in. This class is centered around small group, and that is its
strength. I don't always read syllabi, but you will be pimped in small group and must read it. You really don't need to do
much more than read the syllabus and go to class. By the time the quiz rolls around, you will already have put in around
20 hours that week. Enjoy it!
Keep up on the reading and go to small group! This was one of my favorite classes of the year and the professors are
This is a really fun course. Make sure you do all of the practice essays.
Have fun, keep up, it goes by fast.
Go to small groups and do the reading beforehand.
Go to small group! Be prepared and make reading the syllabus ahead of time a priority. You will reap the rewards and
they really are bountiful.
Don't stress too much about the quizzes. If you have been doing the reading before small group (which you pretty much
have to do) and participating, the quizzes are not too hard. Enjoy the fact that you don't have to memorize endless facts,
and try not to succumb to the temptation to study that way for this class. Pay attention to the example questions and
answers they give to learn how to format answers properly.
Read before small group and think about questions. Ask questions! The instructors are very accessible.
Appreciate the pass/fail essay evaluation as it enables you to enjoy the material on a broad level instead of focusing on
minor details for a multiple choice test.
Small groups are key. Do the reading. Don't go into too much detail on the exams; just demonstrate competency of the
physiology and honors will come.
Keep up. You absolutely must not get behind in this class.
Just read the syllabus before class and you'll be fine.
You will be amazed how much you will learn in a very short amount of time; but the only way to do this is to go to small
groups fully prepared.
Do the practice quizzes, don't just read the answers that are provided, really try to work out your own answer because
there are so many ways you can answer some of the questions. If you go through the exercise of thinking about the big
picture and practice writing it (and give it to your small leader for feedback) you will see the results in the real exam!
Stay on top of it, and have fun! This is a great course!
If you are struggling with multiple choice tests, here's your chance to shine. Read the syllabus before lecture, go to small
group AND participate (ask questions; look dumb, whatever you need to do). Then before the quizzes review the material
or re-read the syllabus. Make sure you have a good big picture before the quizzes and think about how you would reason
through the physiology. The practice questions can come in handy for this
Keep up on the reading and go to small group!
Enjoy this class! It is a treat compared to some of the other learning styles.
Read the syllabus but focus on the mini-lectures.
Go to class. Keep up with the reading. Enjoy actively participating in your learning.
This is a very fast paced course. Read before going to lecture and pay attention in small groups and the quizzes will be a
Always read before class.
Enjoy this class. There is no other class like it. Some people will hate it, but I think most people will love it. Enjoy the
teachers because they are fabulous
Definitely make sure to read all the syllabus chapters, go to small group, go to the review sessions, and you'll be fine.
Enjoy this unique and amazing class. Stay caught up and prepared for small group.
My best advice would be to keep up with the material and to go to small group.
This is an amazing course. Go to small group, there are very helpful for learning and critical thinking. The mini-lectures
and patient presentations are a rare chance to see real patient stories.
Go the mini-lectures and patient presentations or watch them online. If you go to small group, definitely read the syllabus
material ahead of time as the pace is quick and they expect you to be integrating the material in that setting, not learning it
for the first time.
Do the reading before class. When taking the quizzes, organize your thoughts on paper before starting to write the essay.
Read the syllabus before class. It makes the small groups much more useful.
This is a good course. Appreciate it.
Work hard and enjoy this course.
Go to small group. Keep up on the reading and enjoy the food!
Stay on top of things, read the syllabus.
Trust your brain, don't worry about memorizing details, you can always look it up.
Do the reading in advance! Enjoy this course-it is the best you'll have in the pre-clinical years.
Do the questions at the end of the chapter/syllabus.
Read and come prepared to small group and you'll never have to study for the quizzes.
This is a great course! Do all the readings and go to all the lectures and small groups. Working through the practice
problems will help your performance on the exams.
Small groups really help so go. Focus on the physiology, including symptoms, complications, etc. for the exam. a digital
version of the syllabus is searchable!
This course is taught the way all med school courses should be. You will do well and learn a ton of clinically pertinent
information if you attend the mini-lectures, attend small group, and try your best to do the readings before class. There is a
LOT of reading to do for this course in a short time (the course is only 3 wks long), and you may have to set your other
courses aside during this period, but it goes by quickly. The course chairs and small group leaders are very enthusiastic
about their subject matter and passionate about teaching it. There is a patient presentation at each mini-lecture - they are
all fascinating, moving, and educational. Don't stress about the weekly quizzes - you will be fine if you do the work ahead
of time. The quizzes are utterly reasonable. Sit back and enjoy this class - it's what med school should be about.
Do the reading ahead of time, go to the small groups. Really pay attention during the pre-test reviews as they often give
away the answers to the quiz. Spend the remainder of your time with First Aid, learning what will be on the USMLE.
Great class. The PowerPoint slides are very helpful for the tests.
Do the practice quizzes and time yourself. This class will take up almost all of your time, so don't be surprised.
Go to small groups and lecture!
Read the syllabus attend small group focus on pathophysiology for tests the rest of stuff is boards info
Get reading done before class.
Make sure you come prepared to small groups, and read the syllabus in advance you will get the most out the groups if you
come prepared for questions and you participate.
Read before you go to lecture and review the lecture slides afterward. This is a pretty intense course, but interesting and
the faculty are great.
Don't stress out about it -- come to lectures and small group, and you'll understand what you need to.
Get ready to do a lot of GI reading for three weeks! But it’s over before you know it.
Go to the small groups and be prepared by reading the syllabus sections in advance. If you're concerned about the essay
questions, do a couple practice questions and you'll understand more about what they're looking for.
This class is the first in medical school where you actually are encouraged to go one step beyond the physiology and basic
scientific explanations and ask the question: " ok, so what if we lost this component of bile how would its composition
become and how would that affect its function and then most importantly how it manifests clinically?"
Go to small group. This is the one class you do not want to miss small group. Take good notes while you’re there and it
will make preparing for exams much easier.
Focus on concepts; make searchable pdfs of just the chapters that are tested. Most tested stuff shows up in lectures.
HuBio 560 ICM II
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chairs: Dr. Karen McDonough and Dr. Erika Goldstein
Date: June 17, 2010
Number of Respondents: 134
Response Rate: 61%
HB 560: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
College groups were excellent!
Enjoy college mornings. Participate as much as you can. Don't be afraid to look stupid; it is the best way to succeed.
Attend the lectures - they were some of the best lectures I had this year and covered a really diverse number of topics!
Take time to really memorize the benchmarks early on in the year.
Treat this as the guilt-free practice run for third year. This is your time to get comfortable with your physical exam, history
taking, and oral case presentation before the real thing. Learn from your mistakes and from your classmates' processes too.
The readings for each lecture are very quick and generally useful. Read them at some point, even if you don't have time
prior to lecture.
The classes have a lot of valuable information, go to them.
Hold yourself to a high standard and be able to do a full PE the way the benchmarks describe (even if you can "get away"
with doing less than the full PE with your college mentor).
This class is about actually learning to be a physician, instead of just cramming facts into your head. Make the time to go
to class - it'll make you a better doctor.
Make your own templates to use in the hospital setting.
Great experiences to try many of the things we will do as physicians over and over for the first time.
Go to ICM (x 6). This class is why you went to med school, folks.
Find a partner and meet once a week to do a physical exam on each other. You could do it in an hour if you are efficient.
It may not be tested on, but they have really useful things to say for everyday life.
Enjoy this class! It's great.
Engage and enjoy!
Have fun! Go to the ICM lectures! They are actually valuable.
Go to the lectures! Sure, you won't be tested on them, but they are very applicable and often synthesize material presented
in other courses. I think the lectures were invaluable.
Enjoy it - useful information that can't be tested with a multiple choice exam. Go to the large group lectures.
Take full advantage of ICM! It is easy to want to ignore this class, but all of the lectures are really helpful. The small
group sessions are invaluable!
Enjoy college mornings. It's great practice and lots of fun!
This class gives you the skills to succeed beyond the boards, into clerkships and your career. Get as much out of it as you
Enjoy it; it's the best part of second year.
It is the one class that really gives you the clinical tools to be prepared for third year.
Jump in and have fun!
You learn as much from your classmates as you do from your mentor. Try to limit the time that you spend on write-ups.
Use the benchmarks!
The patient write-ups are time-consuming, but they are a valuable learning tool that help you practice your clinical
Just go to the lectures, it's not that much time, and although some will not engage you, it would be a shame if you miss the
ones that do.
HuBio 563 Brain and Behavior
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Marcella Pascualy
Date: June 17, 2010
Number of Respondents: 138
Response Rate: 64%
HB 563: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Go to lecture (x 30) and read the book. The lecturers were all fantastic, the material was interesting, and the text is easy to
read and worth purchasing since you will use it in your psych rotation. Overall a really enjoyable class!
It is a fun class.
Attend lectures and answer/study all the objective questions.
Don't procrastinate on answering the lecture objectives. It all seems easy, but it adds up if you don't take pacing yourself
The book is very well written and a valuable recourse.
Don't miss the lectures, they are worth it and usually very entertaining!
Do the objectives with each lecture and keep up with the reading and you'll do fine.
Skim the reading in the book before going to class, and review Marcella's reading objectives for the exam - as information
from both the book and lecture will be on the final. This was a fun class.
Don't read. Just go to class and listen. The lectures are all very good.
Practice using the terminology.
It's really interesting and a great way to soak up the information without really having to study on your own.
Study the biological basis lecture really hard. They are really proud of the 2-3 diseases that they know the biological basis
of, and you need to know the trivial tiny details about them.
Read the textbook (which is actually an interesting read!); go to class, read the online cases. Review the lectures before the
test and you will do fine. Going to lectures is critical to passing, but very interesting and educational. Most of the lecturers
are wonderful! Enjoy - this is an excellent class! It ties in very nicely with Psychopharmacology, so it pays to keep up with
both so you will benefit from the link. You absolutely need to understand the psych disorders to do well in
Psychopharmacology, so it is critical to learn this information for both classes! Be aware that the B&B lectures are not
Do the objectives in the book
Excellent, well-taught course!! Answer the course objectives throughout the course.
It went by really fast. Make an effort to stay on top of the material.
Really fun course, just enjoy it.
Enjoy this intro course; it will be very useful later one
Do the cases at the end of the course before the exam. This will be a good test of what you know and will help guide your
studying for the exam.
Memorize the acronyms for depression and bipolar disorder. It will be helpful for the exam and for clerkship.
Study First Aid while you are going to lecture and reading the book. You will see how nicely they all parallel each other.
If you do this, you will learn a lot of clinically relevant information and be prepared for this section of the boards!
The course is too quick to try and make up outside of class. The patient presentation solidifies what is being taught so you
have to do less short-term memorization, more learning.
Lectures are great but not necessary to do well in the course. Triage well but if you are on the fence about going, go. For
the final, review the slides; don't worry about the book-level detail. The book is great to read while the class is ongoing but
is too much detail for the test.
Going to lectures and listening w/out taking notes helps a lot, but just reading the book + reading the slides should be
enough to honor the class.
Don't read the book. The lectures and Up-to-Date and resources on MedWiki are plenty.
Enjoy - this is such a different class and will really change the way you think about psychiatry and general medicine too!
Do the readings close to the exam because it'll test you on them?
Read the book
There is a lot of subtlety to the subject matter that you will miss if you rely entirely on slides and UpToDate. It is useful to
really internalize this material during this class because it forms the basis for other coursework (e.g. pharmacology) that is
more complex. You will be at an advantage if you don't need to go back and relearn diagnostic criteria for the B&B
diseases again later. All of the lectures are interesting and worth attending.
Enjoy this class!
Try to arrange to do your psych tutorial before the Brain and Behavior final. Very interesting class, best way to review:
talk through different psychoses with study partner.
You should focus on not only learning the disease diagnoses but the biological facts in order to do well. First aid has a
good section with mnemonics/brief overviews/ organization of all the diseases if you need a concise go-to source.
Just do the objectives
Don't read the book/ buy it or read the up to date stuff, just go to class and look over the PowerPoints and know them.
UpToDate is a decent syllabus, but it reads more like a journal article including a lot of cited research data. If you like to
read prior to lecture, consider buying the textbook.
Be sure to read the book. The lectures are excellent.
Very interesting class and Dr. Pascualy is a great lecturer.
Dr. Pascualy may say that the test will be totally straightforward and easy, but keep in mind that her idea of "easy" may
not match yours, so study well anyway.
Enjoy the class and attend lectures-they really are excellent! I'm not sure the final exam is worth studying for. You could
pass it without studying, yet you could study hard (as my study partners and I did), and still miss honors by a few points
because some of the questions will blind side you.
Read the book. This is a really interesting course and it's worth attending.
Do the reading and answer the objectives; both will be helpful for the final.
The lectures are really great
Read the book and complete the objectives as you read.
The material if fascinating, and much more enjoyable to learn in the classroom than just reading the textbook.
The textbook is an easy read. Some of the questions on the final exam will come out of the objectives and not out of
lecture, so it's best to do the objectives as you read. This is a quick, great course.
Know how to ID each of the disorders and you'll do fine.
Don't sweat it. It's an interesting subject.
Get the book, easy to read and clarifies many things
Study the objectives. These will be on the exam even if they are not covered in class!
Learn how to distinguish the similar pathologies (like schizoaffective vs. mood disorder with psychosis); it will help you on
This is a fun class. It's one of the only classes where the lectures are consistently informative and entertaining. Know the
DSM-IV criteria for the test, but don't stress about it.
Enjoy! The material is interesting and is probably the easiest thing you will have to remember but the most difficult to put
into practice. Lectures are great but reading the book is really helpful in preparing for the exam.
Do the objectives throughout the course so you don't have to cram them in all at the end.
This is a very doable course and you will enjoy it. No surprises.
Watching videos about what patients look like with the different disorders is one of the best ways to make it stick.
Take notes, reading the book is not necessary.
Go over lecture slides.
Enjoy it! It’s very fun and useful info, especially the patient presentations.
Book, lectures, and cases; do q-bank practice questions (I recommend buying one by now) since they don't have any for
Go to lecture and read the book. Other than that there's really no studying involved.
Read the book, and enjoy the class. If you do those two things you should do great in this class.
Do all of the objectives!
Make sure to study the seemingly minor details in the biological basis lecture.
Have fun! Do the objectives-they're time consuming so maybe split them with a classmate.
Do the readings, listen to the patients, and study the USMLE psych section. It is in the Spring and seems like actually
pretty good prep for the boards.
The course material and lectures are very reasonable; that said, there's no practice questions available to self-test so make
sure you know the lecture objectives backwards and forwards.
HuBio 564 Principles of Pharmacology II
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Charles Chavkin
Date: June 21, 2010
Number of Respondents: 155
Response Rate: 71%
HB 564: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Make flashcards as you go. just as in fall quarter, the material piles up.
Try to keep up with the material if you can. The material can be challenging but reading through the syllabus and focusing
on the Barebones is usually sufficient for the tests.
Read the syllabus! The case studies take a lot of time and effort to complete. Do not leave them to the last minute if you
want to earn all the points.
Do the case studies. You learn much more that way and is a great buffer for exams that don't go quite as well as you'd like.
Read the syllabus to study then review Barebones before the test.
Read Barebones and make a drug list chart
Know the Barebones. The Barebones have just about everything you need.
Do all the case studies, as they amount to a significant portion of your final grade. They are a good clinical review.
Read the Barebones and make lists of drugs according to various categories: class of drug, site of action, mechanism of
action, clinical use, etc.
The cases count for a lot of points, so complete them all, and work very hard on them. The grading is done by MS-4s and
can be very inconsistent, so invest at least a few hours in each case, cite your sources (indicate you used Up To Date or
whatever for each part of an answer such as starting dosage, why you picked that drug, etc), and give very in-depth
answers. Even though this is a Pharm course, be sure to indicate other options for treatment such as therapy and exercise
for depression, other modalities for pain treatment, etc., or you will lose points. Take the cases very seriously! You will
learn a lot from them and they are excellent learning tools that will help you assimilate the information for exams.
Definitely do all of the practice exams and self-tests. The actual exams are fair, but be sure to read the syllabus, and know
the Barebones stuff cold. This is a much more enjoyable course than Pharm I, and is actually quite interesting and
clinically relevant material. The lectures can be hit or miss, so it's up to you. You can definitely get by just with the
Great course, do all of the case studies and you will learn a lot.
The lectures are very practical and useful for understanding how to use the meds, but tests are on Barebones material.
Read the syllabus chapters so that the Barebones can serve as a review (instead of just using those and memorizing a
bulleted list). then listen to the lectures (I preferred to do this at home so I could stop as needed because some of the
lectures talked so slowly I wouldn't have been able to pay attn in class!) and add in important details to the Barebones
This is a good class - know the Barebones and fill them in with the key concepts from lecture.
Know the Barebones notes.
Use the flow charts posted on the MedWiki and take notes during lecture. They have the same content as the Barebones,
but are way more organized. Don't even think about reading the syllabus! Spend time on the cases, but question the
evaluation process. It needs reform.
Don't get behind.
Barebones and read the syllabus. I would recommend lecture (either in class or audio/video) to solidify key ideas.
Put time into the case studies, but the grading is pretty arbitrary. It's unfortunate because this made the difference between
honors and passing for me. The tests are fair, and can be easily passed from the Barebones. Pharm is high yield for the
boards, especially psych Pharm, and so try to learn more than the Barebones.
Study Barebones, notice the breakdown of the questions for each exam listed in the syllabus, and feel comfortable with
what makes each drug "unique”. The case studies took me around two hours for each case, so make sure to budget some
time to get them done. They're graded strictly too.
Study the Barebones and the lectures and do the cases. Trying to only use the lectures or the syllabus is a recipe for
Read the syllabus, go to class or watch lectures, then study the Barebones and online cases before the test. Don't get
bogged down with dated practice exams and their obscure questions, focus on learning the material that was emphasized
during your lectures.
Use Barebones and the study guides from MedWiki to guide your studying. Listen to lectures. The syllabus is not high
yield for the exam.
Use the Barebones notes to study.
Spend time just familiarizing yourself with the names, and spend the weekend before the test memorizing the details.
Stay current on the drugs throughout the quarter. Don’t wait until the last day to do the case studies.
Synthesize information from all the sources you're given and actively utilize flashcards to learn. Pharmneumonics cards
worked great for me, but find whatever you need to make sure you retain information. This class was much better
organized than Pharm I.
Use the lectures and syllabus to do the case studies, use Barebones to study for the exam.
Start early on the case studies. They are time consuming
Stay on top of the material - use the Barebones! They are the key to this class!
Barebones and MedWiki flowcharts are key. Know them and you should be able to honor.
Make sure that for the exams you use the Barebones as your main source. Print it out (or rather, get all of them bound in a
very cheap syllabus format). Then for the exam, supplement those with notes from both the syllabus and the lectures. Do
the practice exams he posts. Start working on the cases earlier than the night before, because they are definitely time
Don't procrastinate--do the case studies as you study the drugs they pertain to.
Read Barebones before class and take notes directly on them during lecture. If you do that, you won't really need to read
Organize the drugs into categories within each lecture; it helps break the information into manageable pieces.
make sure you sit down and organize the drugs into categories.
Study Barebones. Do the Case Studies thoughtfully and you are likely to learn those chapters pretty well. Don't spend too
much time on them though because the grading is pretty arbitrary.
Know the Barebones. Stay on top of the drug names. Trust the review session. Do the questions at the end of the
chapters. Don't blow off the case studies.
Stay on top of the information- don't wait until just before a test to review. Do the case studies and take them seriously-
show your entire thought process - that helps the graders follow your clinical rationale. This is a great way to test out your
clinical reasoning as applied to pharmacology.
Learn the side effects really well.
The case studies are very difficult and time-consuming, but wonderful learning tools. Try to dig in and enjoy learning as
much as you can from each one!
Make sure you read the syllabus and Katzung and Trevor for further info
The case studies aren't optional! The syllabus and Barebones notes are excellent (I enjoyed most of the lectures as well).
The lectures contain the bulk of the course material.
Spring Pharm is better than Fall Pharm -- you know more by this time... so it's more manageable! The case studies are
really helpful to learn the information and start thinking clinically, so do them (even though they are optional)!
Work on the cases as you cover the material. The lectures and syllabus really do have the answers (which I often realized
after the fact). the Barebones are great for the need-to-know test material.
Do the cases and put work into it, they grade hard, but it could be the difference between pass and honors.
The lectures are helpful for understanding the clinical aspects of the drugs.
Keep up; there are a lot of drugs with a lot of side effects.
Take notes on the Barebones.
Make sure to review the Barebones and try to study the drugs early.
Study Barebones and lecture slides. Lecture slides are a must!
Read the syllabus, focus on the Barebones. Lecture is very dry, and probably not worth your time.
Learn as much detail as presented in the Barebones notes and you should do fine. The essays are a useful way to get you
more familiar with a group of the drugs.
Answer all the lecture objectives (especially the ones provided during the second exam review lecture) and you'll do fine!
Look at Barebones early and then use it to study for the test.
Use the flow charts and other resources from MedWiki. They are better organized than Barebones.
Stay on top of the material. give sufficient time for the practice cases
There is a lot of information for the final and it isn't reinforced in any other classes, so don't let it slip away while you are
studying for GI!
Do the case studies as they are assigned because they are helpful for learning and time-consuming. Lots of students try to
do all three the night before they are due, which is very stressful and not nearly as beneficial.
Do case studies early on. They take a long time but are enjoyable. Study from the Barebones notes.
Understand the mechanisms and which drugs affect which mechanism. Then you can figure out side effect and
applications without memorizing details about every drug.
Study plan - Barebones, objectives and study questions, First Aid
Barebones, practice questions, do the case studies early, and do the questions from the review for the final. Good luck.
Study the Barebones. Read the syllabus. Do the questions at the end of each lecture/chapter.
HuBio 565 Reproduction
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chairs: Dr. Robert Steiner and Dr. John Amory
Date: June 21, 2010
Number of Respondents: 167
Response Rate: 76%
HB 565: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Skip the syllabus chapters that correspond to Steiner’s and the gametes lectures as they have way more information than
you need to know and they will just make you confused about what's important. use the outlines provided by the TAs on
MedWiki and add notes from other syllabus chapters/lectures as you go along to make studying easier
Stay on top of the course! Try to review lectures soon after hearing them. Take the syllabus with a grain of salt - it is really
more information you need to know. Have Dr. Steiner clarify which lectures you can simply learn what is taught in class
and still get everything you need to know. Don't try to learn all the pregnancy stuff at the end - it is very interesting and
needs time to sink in!
Ignore the syllabus
Pick the simplest explanation
Focus on the lectures more than the syllabus. This burned me on the midterm!
Good instructors and information. Ask yourselves often how you can apply the information you learn.
Don't be fooled by the comforting atmosphere presented in lecture: the tests are hard and the material tested on is not equal
to the relative time spent on each subject. Know contraceptives and lactation backwards and forwards.
Great course. Go to (or watch online) lecture as that is where you will learn the most.
Go to class for Repro. You definitely get a lot out of being there.
Pay attention in lecture; a lot of the clinical information is discussed more by the lecturers than emphasized on the slides.
Don't mess with the syllabus. just answer the study questions.
This great course that is extremely clinically oriented. Attend class and enjoy it.
Listen to all the lectures at least twice. Be sure you understand all the clinical cases; exams are heavy on clinical questions.
Go to lecture and take notes based on the PowerPoints. Definitely go to Dr. Amies-Oelschlager's lectures because she is a
fantastic teacher - she's animated, funny, and makes the material interesting. Don't bother buying the syllabus. I thought I
would buy it and use it as a "reference" but even then I opened it only once during the entire course. Do the case studies
on the website to help prepare for exams because many of the questions are case-based.
Reading the syllabus is not a valuable use of your time. Review the slides, the review hand-outs, and the case studies.
Know the key concepts and you'll do fine. The syllabus is helpful in explaining some of the difficult concepts for the first
exam, but if you're short on time, don't both reading it.
Do the online case studies.
Don't be fooled into thinking that you will be tested on the big picture or core topics covered in class. You will be expected
to know the "gray area" when choosing the proper treatment or diagnosis for the exam and it isn't straightforward.
Go to lectures - there were excellent professors and some very thought provoking lectures.
Attend lectures, take notes, and listen to them again to study for the midterm and final!
Do not be deceived by the poem-reading. This class is difficult and the exams are very detail oriented.
This class is amazing. The lectures are high quality and the material is fascinating. The exams, however, are difficult and
arbitrary. I'd say you should study, but at times it felt like it wouldn't even make a difference.
Study from the lectures.
Read the syllabus.
Be prepared for questions that test clinical decision making.
You may need the syllabus to get honors.
Watch/listen to the lectures and go over the PowerPoints. Only use the syllabus for clarification.
Great class- Use the lectures to make notes on the review sheets the TAs give you.
No syllabi. Do case studies and lectures. Listen to the poetry, because it is heavily tested.
Don't buy the syllabus! Go to class, and before the test, use the TA review handout as your high-yield, must-know
material. The tests are case-based, so go through the online case studies twice, and know that the questions may have
multiple correct answers. Pick the "best" one.
Do the case studies online. If a syllabus chapter is overwhelmingly detailed, skip it and focus on the lecture material.
However, don't give up on the syllabus as many chapters are very useful. If overwhelmed, consider studying PowerPoint
slides and then skimming the syllabus material.
Be sure to practice applying the principles gained to typical imaginary patients; the test is very clinically based.
Attend the lectures. They are both interesting and useful. Most of the test questions come from material presented in the
Study the case studies.
This class will be easy if you have had personal experiences or worked with any reproduction type specialist. If you
haven't, this class will definitely be more challenging. I felt that a lot of the test questions were not from lecture and could
only be answered with outside knowledge. I would recommend going to each lecture and taking very good notes. They
tend to test on very small details. The clinical cases in the test are frustrating because they are all judgment calls with about
three right answers. I would not read the syllabus; it is a waste of time because it will not add anything to your studying.
Focus on the lectures for studying
Don't use the syllabus - just study off the lectures and you will do great! Enjoy the great lecturers in this course!
I am normally someone who buys and reads the syllabus, but there is no need to do so for this class. You should try to
attend each lecture (better to go in person for this class because they can be interactive and it doesn't translate to recording -
you definitely miss a lot, especially for contraception and labor and delivery. Not to mention that Dr. Steiner reads poetry
at the start of each class - very cool!). To study for tests, re-watch each lecture, go over the slides, and do the online cases
which are extremely helpful. The exams are difficult, but will not be a problem if you go to lecture and study hard before a
test. This is a course I dreaded because I thought it would be spermatogenesis, etc., for the 1000th time, but it is so much
more than that. A ton of clinical application taught by very enthusiastic, talented lecturers. Enjoy this course - it's one of
the best of the first two years!
I was the only one out of my study group of eight that finished the syllabus. Most people stopped reading it after the first
few syllabus entries (Steiner). I would ignore this part of the syllabus, as it is really pretty frustrating to read. It isn't useful
early in the course, but it was a great resource for later lecturers.
Study the small details, especially the contraception lectures!
Don't waste $ on the syllabus!!!
Pay very close attention during class as much of the test material comes from that. Begin reviewing the TAs Review
Packet a couple days in advance of the exams, and add your notes to that.
The exam includes minutia and can be quite arbitrary, so don't just rely on a big picture understanding.
Go to class and practice questions with board review vignettes
They will ask you difficult questions that require clinical judgment. Make sure you read the syllabus, even if they tell you
Focus on the objectives and attend or watch lectures all test questions come from lecture
Take advantage of the online case studies. What a wonderful resource!
No matter how hard you study the exam will be tricky and not easily passable as the professors will tell you. Study only
enough to think you know the information because studying any more will be a waste of time and will not improve your
grade. You can know the information inside and out and have the syllabus memorized and still miss questions because
you don't know what the professor is thinking and which answer is actually most right.
Learn about birth control and abortion carefully
Don't read the syllabus. Do the case studies on the website.
It is an interesting and enjoyable course. The lectures are great, and I expect that your midterm will better reflect what is
taught (ours was an interesting experience).
Draw out the hormone cycles.
This is an interesting and useful class. Watch the lectures; most of the information is in them.
Believe them when they say to focus on the information presented in lecture and don't bother buying the syllabus!
If you answer the objectives for each chapter and do the cases on line you'll be fine.
Study the lecture PowerPoint slides and be prepared for very clinical oriented tests.
Do the online cases, know every inch of the TA review sheets, and try to glance at the syllabus.
Study hard! Just the slides can get you honors, but you have to know everything on them and everything said in lecture.
Reading the syllabus is a total waste of time.
Review the case studies posted on the website prior to both the midterm and the final exam!
If you tend to stay home and just watch the recordings, make sure that you go to Dr. Amies-Oelschlager's lectures at least.
She often did demonstrations that were not caught on the video, and were not only informative but often quite
Go to class. Try to pre-read the material beforehand if possible. Realize that this material, especially that of the latter
portion of the course, is some of the most practical and relevant information we receive all year!
Allow yourself a few minutes to enjoy the poetry.
Wow, you will learn so much! Make sure to study based on the cases presented in lectures, and don't worry about
studying the unusual non-human things (like hyenas and geese).
Go to lectures - they are useful and often entertaining!
Make sure you attend the reviews
Enjoy the poems before class and focus on the slides, not the syllabus.
Go to or watch the lectures, use the syllabus for clarification and focus your studying on the lecture slides and study
questions. Review slides are a great way to study!
Don't listen to a thing Dr. Steiner says when he tells you about the exams. He lies and gives terrible advice. Follow your
gut and you'll be in better shape.
Don't read the syllabus! I never opened it, and I honored the class. Do the case studies online; they really help before the
Go to lecture. They go over everything you need to know. The syllabus is not a requirement, but is helpful for additional
Study the lectures and know the specific, emphasized points each lecturer focuses on.
This was one of the most enjoyable classes of the year. You don't need to read the syllabus, just go to class, enjoy, and
then study the slides for the tests.
Well-taught course! Enjoy Dr. Steiner's poetry, it's inspirational to remember that there's more to life than medicine.
Study from lecture slides. Do case studies.
If you hate poetry you should watch the lectures from home so you can FF through the first 5 minutes of class.
The exams are just awful - ignore what you are told, prepare for the worst.
Keep up with the details, and refer to the syllabus for anything you are confused about. Don't try to read the whole thing,
but it's a good reference. Do the online cases.
Study hard. All exam materials come from lecture. Use syllabus only as a reference. Highly recommend making your
own study guides for the course.
Class is really interesting. Reading the syllabus definitely helps both to understand the lectures and to do well on the tests,
but it is not absolutely necessary. Focus on clinical decision making for the tests.
Don't read the syllabus for the first half of the course. write down every detail that is mentioned, the exam can be very
Go to MedWiki and print off the review sheets. Highlight and take notes on these during lecture (or while viewing video
podcasts, 2x is nice). Study those notes. Don't read the syllabus.
Skip the syllabus and go to lecture. Work through the online case studies. Make sure to focus on all of the clinical details.
Pay attention to the minutia and on an exam, when in doubt, choose Mirena.
No matter what they say - read and learn the syllabus.
Despite past rave reviews, this was probably one of my least favorite classes of the year. The syllabus is garbage and
lecturers often present/test on their own opinions rather than evidence based medicine. Know the lecture slides and be
aware of the speaker’s biases. Tests are always a crap-shoot and don't always seem to test the material presented in class.
Good luck. Syllabus is terrible and tests are cryptic. Know the basic information for 60% of the test and try to really
understand the clinical for the rest - although the questions may be on material not presented or very briefly lectured on
and no written down.
Don't read the syllabus. Need to read Goljan/First Aid for synthesizing basic concepts and Blueprints OB/Gyn if you it at
that point for clarifications. I would use online sources if you need them to review the birth process, contraceptives, etc.
Pay special attention to contraception/abortion lectures as they have a lot of information. If you study hard for the
midterm, the final will be a lot easier.
Go to lecture! Use the questions in the syllabus as a study guide.
I turned the online case studies into flashcards. That was extra helpful. Use the TA study guides from the MedWiki.
Study the lecture slides, make sure you know the learning objectives, and try listening to all the lectures again in double
speed- helpful review!
Lectures will be the bulk of the test, but there will be some stuff from the syllabus.
HuBio 566 Pathology
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Tom Norwood
Date: June 17, 2010
Number of Respondents: 157
Response Rate: 72%
HB 566: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Ask early and often about what regarding the "reading assignments" are required. Stay on top of the course. Even if you
feel like it isn't important, it is! Even if teaching/organization is less than ideal this is a very important course!
Read the syllabus chapters as there are actually some topics that are worth knowing for boards, etc
PowerPoints and syllabus/handouts are very useful. You shouldn't need Robbins for more than a large paperweight as it is
so in depth that you can't expect to cover all of the course material in a reasonable amount of time.
It's good to watch the lectures to hear the buzzwords they say about the slides.
Stay on top of the material; it is hard to re-learn all of it in just a few days during finals week!
The lectures in this class can be hit or miss, but be sure to attend or watch Dr. Norwood's pre-exam reviews. They are
invaluable for knowing what to focus on out of the huge amount of material covered. Dr. Norwood is a great guy who
truly cares about being fair and giving students an excellent education. He always listens with an open mind to student
concerns. Be sure to do the virtual labs because there are always exam questions on those, and be sure to review the
lecture slides prior to the exam and you will do great! This class is pretty stress-free. Robbins is an excellent reference text,
but you probably don't need to buy it unless you want to have it on your bookshelf.
Takes notes on the lecture slides in class! I found them to be very helpful when it came time to study for the final.
Don't leave everything for the end (or the midterm). Even if you just go or watch the lectures it will make studying easier
before the tests.
Read the syllabus and go over the review slides.
Pre-reading the textbook before lecture helps a lot.
Read the syllabi that get put up on the website and buy BRS path.
Treat Robbins as a reference text. Concentrate on the PowerPoints and handouts. Don't forget to look over the labs before
Stay current on the material throughout the quarter.
I did not go to class. I would just recommend going over the slides and reading the handouts that are provided as well as
skimming through Robbins.
Attend the labs
Stay on top of the material; it's kind of an odd smattering of subjects.
Make sure you supplement with reading in the BRS pathology or Goljan pathology.
This may seem redundant and tedious at times, but this class is good review of important concepts from other classes. It is
about the closest thing to Board Prep that the UWSOM will give us.
Read the syllabus chapters before class.
Robbins is fascinating reading, but since very few (if any) of us have enough time to read it, try to find a higher-yield way
to prepare for class.
Stay caught up even though the class feels like it's on the back burner. You will appreciate it when finals are suddenly
Even though it's tough to take Path all year, it's really important for the Boards. I would recommend using BRS Pathology
as you study for this final to get in the boards study mode!
Focus on the lectures, only use outside resources if you need further explanation.
Go to lecture
Don’t miss lectures, it sticks better when you hear it than read it.
Focus on what they tell you to focus on. It sounds obvious, but you will probably not be tested in great depth on topics not
covered in lecture, even if it is in the accompanying syllabus chapter.
Focus on the PowerPoint slides for studying.
Don't be critical if everything doesn't fit in the box you want it to. Learn to be flexible, and value the content which is
excellent and well taught. Don't take Dr. Norwood for granted--professors as humble as him are rare.
Try to keep up with the material, but it can be crammed.
This is a great course, study for this course along with your other classes and it will complement them very well.
Take advantage of the overlap with other classes, it helps to hear things twice.
The exams are straightforward and very crammable. Focus on supplementing the material with outside resources such as
Goljan in order to make the course a better review for boards and beyond.
Study material from the lecture slides and handouts.
Listen to the skin pathology lecture before your skin system exam. Study from the lectures and slides, most questions
come from those resources.
It's all about remembering small details.
Yes, if you really want to get an H, you can memorize every slide and random factoid and it won't be that hard, but your
time would be much better spent going to lecture, and learning the relevant sections of BRS Path or First Aid. If you are
really interested in a topic and have the time, Robins is actually a great book.
Stay on top of the material but don't kill yourself to master it. Studying at the end of the quarter with some previous
knowledge should suffice to do well in the course.
Read the syllabus handouts. Robbins for clarification. Know the lab slides for easy points. Straightforward questions, but
a lot of information.
The most important part of this course is listening to Dr. Norwood's review session. He tells you almost exactly what he
wants you to know.
HuBio 567 Skin System
Spring Quarter 2009-2010
Course Chair: Dr. Roy Colven
Date: June 17, 2010
Number of Respondents: 142
Response Rate: 65%
HB 567: What Advice Would You Offer To Next Year’s Students About This Course?
Definitely read the syllabus and study to memorize tiny details from it. Small group can be hit or miss. Lectures can help
reinforce the syllabus, but can be hit or miss. Definitely go to the Saturday clinic - very cool. Be sure to do the online
modules. You will be tested on them.
Go to the skin demo. Read the first three chapters of the syllabus. Use the lecture slides to focus your studying.
Know the diseases, but don't just study by diseases. Concentrate on the normal structure of skin (first three chapters of the
syllabus). Draw the layers' structure, the hemi-desmosome structure, etc, and label the proteins and associated diseases of
each piece. That alone will answer half the questions on the 100 question final exam.
Read the syllabus, then go or watch the lectures then study from an outline/syllabus for the final. It is a straightforward
Stay current on the syllabus reading and course material.
Go to the Saturday session (x 6), and know the syllabus. Enjoy this course!
Read the syllabus before going to each class session and you will get sooo much more out of the lectures!
The syllabus is key, the lectures are helpful to clarify or see examples.
If you are looking to get Honors, 1) know the entire syllabus, including minutia, and 2) know what the diseases look like
from the class slides.
Do not fall behind - study along the way!!
Study the syllabus in detail.
Know the syllabus backwards and forwards.
Try to learn the skin terminology before or on the first day of class. It seems simple, but will greatly help navigate the
language of dermatology.
The first few lectures really matter. Pay close attention and study these hard.
Enjoy Derm, and don't get behind in it! Read the syllabus and go to class, and then study the lecture slides. You'll do
great and the class is a blast. Go to the Saturday demo. It's well worth it.
Know the syllabus (pretty manageable) and how to describe various skin lesions - the websites are good practice.
Keep up! Most of the lectures are worth going to or watching. This is one of the best syllabi we get, so take advantage of
Just wait until the weekend before the final and read the syllabus, there is really no point in going to class or listening to
Memorize the minutiae. This class is strictly focused on it.
Go to small group, the Saturday clinic, and lectures - all incredibly helpful! Then study for the final out of the syllabus.
Don't get behind! A lot of details in Derm, read along with the lectures as you go. The Saturday clinic is amazing, the
doctors are entertaining, and the patients give a mental picture for what you are learning in class.
This is a very fair and well organized course. They will tell you how to study for the final. Do what they say (frame your
study around diseases) and use the syllabus more than the lectures slides, and you'll be fine!
Attend the weekend patient session. It was a wonderful experience!
Read the syllabus before going to/watching the lectures
Stay on top of the reading.
Definitely read the syllabus - it is very useful and the lectures follow the syllabus chapters very closely
Keep up with the material as you go through lecture.
Read the syllabus before lectures but don't try to study from it. Use the MedWiki syllabus outline to study from: take notes
from the lectures on this outline and you'll have almost all of the pertinent course information. Definitely go to the patient
session--you'll likely never get a chance to see some of these diseases again.
Go to the Saturday session if you can, not because it helps you pass the exam, but because it helps you understand the
experience patient's have with skin disease and helps you see the diversity of really severe things you might not see
Know everything in the syllabus. Make sure you go over the lecture slides because there are some things in lectures that
aren't in the syllabus. Don't forget to look at the pictures that they show of skin diseases in the lectures.
Well-taught course! Enjoy.
Know the first three chapters of the syllabus well. Definitely go to the weekend clinical session.
Just get through it and don't look back.
Listen to the lectures, they really add to the syllabus; that said, all you need to pass is in the syllabus.
The exam is not as detail oriented as the practice questions. Make sure to read the syllabus and review the slides/lecture
material because sometimes they don't overlap and there are questions on both. MedWiki study guides are great.
Make a diagram of the first three chapters with all the proteins, diseases, and layers of the skin put together. Then just rote
memorize the disease list from Wikipedia.
Use the study guide from the MedWiki site. Memorize facts about cancer incidence, prevalence, and mortality.
Read the syllabus
Go to lecture! there is material on the exam that’s not in the syllabus. But read the syllabus too as its very useful. The
Saturday session is very worth it.
Read the syllabus and understand diseases, how they present, and the mechanism behind them.
This is a really fun course, just enjoy it!
Go to lectures, they are generally very good. Keep up with reading the syllabus, as that will make things in lecture stick
Relax. The first three chapters had me pretty freaked out. Just learn the main points and you will be fine. Make sure you
learn the language of derm which will be clinically useful, and learn the stuff in first aid.