NEET PG Preparation: Tips to score high in Pharmacology

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Pharmacology is an unavoidable part of the medical field. It’s a challenging subject with hundreds of drug names and their functionalities to remember. It becomes tougher as it is taught in the 2nd year of MBBS and by the time NEET PG aspirants complete their final internship, most of them forget what they have learned in pharmacology.

The only solution to becoming proficient in pharmacology is by regular practice and a minimum of 2-3 phases of revision. Going through the portion continually will assist to recall various medication names and fully understanding their mechanisms, therapeutic applications, effects on the body, and safety concerns.

In this article, we delve into ways to master this volatile and complex subject for NEET PG.

1. Understand drug classifications

Pharmacology revolves around various drug classes, each with distinct effects and mechanisms of action. Gain a thorough understanding of different drug groups, their prototypes, and their therapeutic uses. This knowledge will allow you to accurately answer questions related to drug selection, dosage, interactions, adverse effects, and contraindications during the medical PG exams.

2. Practice clinical scenario-based questions

Pharmacology questions in NEET PG often present clinical scenarios where you need to apply your clinical knowledge to solve the case. Practice solving case-based questions to develop your clinical reasoning skills and learn to integrate pharmacological principles with patient management. After finishing a certain segment of the topic, attempt its MCQs from the workout section of Pre-PG. To get good hands-on practice on the clinical questions of pharmacology, enable the “clinical-based questions” option from the filters while practicing.

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3. Pay attention to adverse drug reactions

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are commonly tested in NEET PG pharmacology questions. Being aware of potential ADRs helps healthcare professionals identify and manage the unwanted or harmful effects that can occur due to drug therapy. It allows for proactive measures to ensure patient safety and minimize the risk of complications.

Additionally, recognizing and reporting ADRs contributes to the ongoing evaluation of drug safety profiles, leading to improved patient care and the overall enhancement of drug safety in medical practice. Allocate more study time to these areas and ensure you have a strong grasp of the concepts and mechanisms involved. Regularly practicing with questions from these NEET PG pharmacology topics will also help you get more familiar with the exam format.

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4. Create concept maps for a better understanding

Pharmacology involves understanding complex relationships between drugs, receptors, and physiological processes. Creating visual maps or flowcharts can help imagine the connections and aid in conceptual learning. For example, you can create a visual diagram that starts with a larger drug class at the top and then breaks down into smaller subcategories and individual drugs at the bottom.

This layout will help you access all the necessary information with just a quick glance, making it easier to understand and remember. Watch the topic-wise video lectures on Pharmacology on Pre-PG before making the flow chart or the visual graph. This will aid to comprehend complex concepts and their interrelationships, and accurately represent them in mind maps, facilitating effective learning and knowledge retention.

5. Make use of every moment

As you begin to study individual drugs, it can become overwhelming quite quickly. To effectively manage and retain all the information, using flashcards is highly recommended. Flashcards provide a practical and organized approach to reviewing and memorizing the key details of each drug. To maximize your study time, it’s advisable to go through your flashcards as much as possible. Stuck in a bus or waiting in a line, access the 15,000+ clinical flashcards on Pre-PG to make the most of your downtime.

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6. Revise regularly to never forget

Re-hydrating the point mentioned in the introduction – you need to revise a minimum of 2-3 times to score well in pharmacology. Plan regular revision sessions to strengthen your knowledge and identify areas that need further clarification. Ensure to clear off the revision buckets at least 2-3 times a week. Re-attempting the incorrectly answered questions often will improve your proficiency in the topics and save you from accumulating many pending questions in the daily and deep revision bucket, causing unwanted stress.

To bridge the learning gap, go over PrepDNA and spot the topics in pharmacology highlighted in red and orange. Practice from those topics and sub-topics again to get well-versed with the subject. Once the PrepDNA shows that you’re well-versed in one pharmacology chapter, move on to the next one and follow the sequence again.

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Don’t prepare for pharmacology as if it’s a mundane task. Have a curiosity around it, add an element of creativity and practical application and it may soon become one of your favorite subjects. Reward yourself every time you solve a certain number of mock questions correctly from this subject on Pre-PG. This self-motivation will push you to work harder. Remember, success in Pharmacology is not just about memorizing drug names, it’s much more than that. So, follow the blog tips, move your prep to 5th gear, and get ready to explore this pharma world.