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2ND YEAR SURVIVAL GUIDE by Allie Pagarigan – Section C Batch 2018 #MGCshalala ♫

DISTRIBUTION OF UNITS FOR 2ND YEAR SUBJECTS

UNITS
PATHOLOGY YEARLY 7.0
MEDICINE 1 YEARLY 6.0
PHARMACOLOGY YEARLY 5.0
MICROBIOLOGY YEARLY 4.0
SURGERY 1 SEMESTRAL (A) 3.0
CLINICAL PATHOLOGY SEMESTRAL (B) 2.0
PARASITOLOGY SEMESTRAL (A) 1.5
OBSTETRICS SEMESTRAL (B) 1.5
MEDICAL ETHICS 2 SEMESTRAL (A) 1.0
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2 SEMESTRAL (B) 1.0
NEUROSCIENCE 2 SEMESTRAL (B) 1.0
BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 1 SEMESTRAL (B) 1.0
CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY SEMESTRAL (A) 1.0
PEDIATRICS 1 SEMESTRAL (B) 0.5
ANESTHESIOLOGY SEMESTRAL (A) 0.5

Semestral subjects are grouped into 2 sets. Semestral (A) is CHILL SEM. Semestral (B) is
HELL SEM as the subjects are really more difficult than Semestral (A).

 Sections A and B – 1st Sem: Semestral (A) | 2nd Sem: Semestral (B)
 Sections C and D – 1st Sem: Semestral (B) | 2nd Sem: Semestral (A)

INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on making it to 2nd Year Med! Life is about to get a zillion times more
difficult than it was in your 1st Year. I’m NOT kidding. If I were to choose a 1st Year subject that
could approximate the study style you’ll be applying to ALL your 2nd Year subjects, it would have
to be BIOCHEMISTRY. Your memorization and analytic skills are about to be tested to the max.
There’s no room for relaxation in 2nd Year, even if you feel like you’ve got all the time in the
world to put off your studying ‘til tomorrow. USE YOUR FREE TIME WISELY! Once the exams
start piling up, they’ll be RELENTLESS. The moral of the story is: DO NOT CRAM! Easy to say,
hard to do, right? But I’m dead serious with dishing out that warning. If you do not want to fail,
do not cram. Okie? :3
I’ll be writing down study tips and shortcuts in this Survival Guide. Most of them are
things I did to make it through the year with very decent grades. Others are things I wish I could
have done sooner ‘coz it’s always difficult to the deal with the consequences of missed
opportunities. As always, USTMed is about knowing WHAT to study and HOW to study. It’s
impossible to immerse yourself in all the review materials that’ll be flying around by the time
school starts. So STUDY SMART. Don’t waste time. And most of all, always try to appreciate
the things you’re learning, keeping your future patients in mind.  Ready? Here goes…
2ND YEAR MUST-HAVES
You may acquire printed or soft-copies of the following. What’s written here are (in my opinion)
only the absolutely necessary and high-yield. Make sure you get latest editions. Good luck
finding juniors who are willing to lend you copies to photox! Learn how to use ONENOTE also!
A. BOOKS
1. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
2. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
3. Jawetz Medical Microbiology
4. Markell and Voge’s Medical Parasitology
5. Williams’ Obstetrics
6. Pedia Blue Book – sold by the Pedia Department

B. NOTES
1. SMART Notes
- This is a compilation of transcriptions of PPTs for several subjects and serve as
guides to follow lectures
- Includes the following:
o Pathology Notes
o Medicine 1 “Hello Kitty Notes”, etc.
o Microbiology “Sheep Notes”
o Clinical Pathology “Sheep Notes”
o OB “Lalala Notes”
o Behavioral Medicine “Sheep Notes”
2. PIKACHU Notes
- High-yield for:
o Parasitology
o Pediatrics
3. SUPERSUBSEC Notes
- High-yield for:
o Surgery
o Clinical Epidemiology
4. Others
- High-yield TRANSES for the following subjects:
o Pathology: DUCK Notes, SHENNY Notes
o Neuroscience: BORUKA Notes, WOLF Notes, etc.
- PRACTICALS REVIEWERS for the following subjects:
o Pathology: BATMAN Notes, WHALE Notes
o Microbiology: various files
o Clinical Pathology: MILKTEA Reviewer
o Parasitology: MAC 2014

C. SAMPLEX COMPILATIONS
Make sure you secure copies of SY 2015-2016 exams (from Batch 2018).
For 2nd Sem, exchange 1st Sem samplexes for semestrals with Sec A/B or Sec C/D.
1. THE COLLECTION – most recent samplexes are SY 2014-2015
2. JARVIS – mostly 2008 to 2014 samplexes
BULLETIN BOARD LOCATIONS

PATHOLOGY 1st Floor, Histo/Patho Lab


nd
MEDICINE 1 2 Floor beside Female CR near Rm 204
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
PHARMACOLOGY 2nd Floor, Physio/Pharma Lab
MICROBIOLOGY 1st Floor, Lab Med near CME
nd
SURGERY 1 2 Floor beside Female CR near Rm 204
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
CLINICAL PATHOLOGY 1st Floor, Lab Med near CME
PARASITOLOGY 1st Floor, Lab Med near CME
nd
OBSTETRICS 2 Floor beside Female CR near Rm 204
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
MEDICAL ETHICS 2 Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2 3rd Floor, Prev Med Dept
NEUROSCIENCE 2 3rd Floor, Neuro Ana Lab
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 1 3rd Floor, Neuro Ana Lab
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 4th Floor, Clin Ep Dept
nd
PEDIATRICS 1 2 Floor beside Female CR near Rm 204
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
ANESTHESIOLOGY 2nd Floor, Physio/Pharma Lab
Secretary: 2nd Floor widows near Rm 204
MPPRC 2nd Floor, Dean’s Office near Rm 205
Secretary: Dean’s Office

REMINDER FOR 2C/2D:


Even if you don’t have CLIN EP in 1st Sem, YOU HAVE TO CHECK THE CLIN EP
BULLETIN BOARD FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THESIS. They expect you to work
on your thesis IRB Approvals during 1st Sem despite not being enrolled in Clin Ep. This makes
up 5% of your Final Grade for Clin Ep 2.

FINALS EXEMPTIONS

SUBJECTS WITH EXEMPTIONS NO EXEMPTIONS


Pathology (89.5) Parasitology (89.5) Obstetrics
Medicine 1 (89.5) Preventive Medicine (89.5) Clinical Epidemiology
Pharmacology (89.5) Neuroscience (89.5) Bioethics
Microbiology (89.5) Behavioral Medicine (89.5) MPPRC
Surgery (90.0) Pediatrics (90.0)
Clinical Pathology (89.5) Anesthesiology (89.5)

NOTE: Always remember to SIGN ATTENDANCE for LAB MED (Micro, Clin Path and Para)
exemptions or else they’ll mark you as ZERO for missing the Final Exam.
PATHOLOGY
(7.0 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
There are NO Short Quizzes for Pathology. Per shift, you’ll be having 2 Cluster Exams
(60 pts) covering 3 topics each and of course, the Shifting Exam (120 pts) itself. There
will be 1 Practical Exam per shift, consisting of a Moving Practical (20 pts) and a
Projection Exam (30 pts). There is NO Grand Practical exam. The Final Exam is 120 pts.
Most SGDs and Lab Sessions are included in the plenary discussion although you’ll be
having a few sessions with your respective facilitators from time to time.
STUDY GUIDE
I’d advise you to put a LOT of time and effort into studying Pathology because those 7 units
could make or break your GWA. It’s a rather “chill” subject but beware of the Final Exam, it
tends to pull your grade down so don’t be complacent.
CLUSTER EXAMS (60 pts) and SHIFTING EXAMS (120 pts)
1. Attend lectures and be early. Attendance is recorded per lecture.
2. Take AUDIO or VIDEO recordings of the lectures, SGDs and Lab sessions.
Take pictures of the PPT slides or ask for a soft copy of the lecturer’s slides.
Save a copy of all SGD PPTs via any computer in the Patho Lab.
3. It is vital that you make TRANSES for Pathology as exams are very lecture-
based. No need to read Robbin’s.
4. The handouts are practically useless. Bring other notes to class to track the
lecture.
5. SAMPLEX IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST. Never ever forget to samplex for Patho
written exams especially if the lecturer is same as last year’s.
PRACTICAL EXAMS – MOVING PRACTICAL (20 pts)
1. 10 microscope slides with 2 questions per slide. ALL MULTIPLE CHOICE.
Questions may be easy or difficult depending on the professor assigned to
make your exam.
2. If you’ve taken videos of the plenary lab sessions, study those. Ask the Lab
Technician for the LIST OF SLIDE LABELS to guide your review.
3. It helps to SAMPLEX for the Moving Prax coz they sometimes don’t change
the questions and you could end up answering the entire exam in the Prep
Station if you’re lucky.
4. Find clues in the questions themselves. Sometimes, the microscope slides
will confuse you more than help you arrive at the correct answer.
PRACTICAL EXAMS – PROJECTION EXAM (30 pts)
1. ALL pictures shown in the Projection Exams are taken from the lecture PPT
slides and SGD slides. ALL MULTIPLE CHOICE. Questions may be easy or
difficult depending on the professor assigned to make your exam.
2. When making TRANSES, include all pictures taken from the lecture and SGD
PPT already then label them properly so they’re easier to review.
FINAL EXAM
1. The Final Exam is 95% of your 5th Shift grade, equivalent to 19% of your
FINAL GRADE. That’s huge so don’t mess up your Finals.
2. Finals this year was PARTLY samplex but it was relatively difficult. You really
have to study well for this one, samplex alone isn’t enough.
OTHERS
FORENSIC PATHOLOGY VIDEO
The 15 minute Forensic Pathology Video is a CLASS project. It will comprise
17% of your 4th Shift grade, that’s equivalent to 1 Cluster Exam. You will be
competing against other sections for the top grade. Topics will be assigned
during the orientation. Go all out for this one!
OTHER VIDEO ASSIGNMENTS
1. Environmental Pathology Module – done by subsec, topics will be assigned
2. Infectious Diseases Module - done by subsec, topics will be assigned

RECAP!
1. Record lectures. Secure PPTs or pictures of slides for the lecture, SGD and Lab.
2. Make TRANSES with lots of pictures.
3. SAMPLEX, SAMPLEX, SAMPLEX!
4. Go all out for the videos.
5. Study well for Finals.
MEDICINE 1
(6.0 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
2 Short Quizzes and 1 Shifting Exam per shift. You’ll be having MANY practical exams
for History Taking and Physical Examination (PE) per organ system. You are required to
pass several Patient Histories following a certain format. OSCE (pronounce “os-ke”) is
somewhat like a more intense practical exam for PE of the Cardiovascular, Pulmonary
and Gastrointestinal Systems. OSCE has 5 stations, each with 1 professor to grade your
execution of a certain part of the PE on an actual patient. There is a GRAND HISTORY
TAKING exam and a 2-PART GRAND OSCE at the end of the year.
STUDY GUIDE
Medicine 1 is rather chill although grading is highly faci-dependent. So pray you end up with
nice facis and not terror facis who grade low. They don’t release grades ‘til the end of the year,
right before Finals, but I guess some “magic” happens along the way.
SHORT QUIZZES (40 pts) and SHIFTING EXAMS (100 pts)
1. Attend lectures and be early. Attendance is NOT recorded but exams are
somewhat lecture-based.
2. Take pictures of the PPT slides and take down notes. You may record the
lectures if you want. If you already have printed notes, that’ll help keep track
of the lecture.
3. Study BATES’ for QUIZZES. They lift statements verbatim from the book.
Some modules are taken from HARRISON’S but it’s a more difficult read.
4. Components of the Short Quizzes are always: 10 pts IDENTIFICATION/
ENUMERATION, 10 pts MULTIPLE CHOICE, 10 pts MATCHING TYPE and
10 pts TURE OR FALSE.
5. They DO NOT return Short Quizzes BUT they do discuss the answers in
class. Make sure you record and trans the discussion of answers.
6. Shifting Exam questionnaires are always returned. ALWAYS write down the
answer key because items are repeated for FINALS.
PRACTICAL EXAMS – DECURY
1. “Decury” is basically just a 1 to 3-hour session with your respective
facilitators. They’re supposed to elaborate on whatever’s been discussed in
the lecture, especially specific PE techniques. They’ll also take you to the
wards for History Taking.
2. Study the MANUAL for History Taking, Practical Exams and OSCE.
Everything’s there already.
3. Practical Exams for History and Physical Exam take place during Decury with
your facilitator as the sole grader of your performance. My faci (Dr. Enrile)
required us to recite entire modules for PE (not an easy task as some PEs
are 5 pages long) without execution. Other facilitators hire professional
patients on which you’ll execute the exam module. The grading rubric is
already in the Manual so best memorize that too.
PRACTICAL EXAMS – OSCE
1. Study the MANUAL for Cardio, Pulmo and GI OSCE. They take just 5 parts
from each module coz there are 5 stations in the exam.
2. Make sure you know how to EXECUTE the ALL techniques listed.
3. Pay special attention to the Cardiac and Pulmonary Auscultograms, make
sure you know how to DRAW and label them.
4. LISTENING and identifying heart murmurs and adventitious breath sounds is
always part of the exam.
5. We also had to read a Chest X-Ray for Pulmo OSCE.
6. Mainstays of GRAND OSCE: (TAKE NOTE!)
o Cardiac and Pulmonary Auscultograms
o Listening to Heart Murmurs and Adventitious Breath Sounds
o Palpatory and Auscultatory BP
o Use of OTOSCOPE and OPHTHALMOSCOPE
o Digital Rectal Exam (on a dummy)
o Inspection – Palpation – Percussion – Auscultation techniques for Cardio,
Pulmo and GI systems
o Special Techniques for Appendicitis and Choledocholithiasis
o DO NOT TAKE ANY SYSTEM FOR GRANTED!!!
PRACTICAL EXAMS – GRAND HISTORY TAKING
1. Actors from Teatro Tomasino were hired to be patients for our Grand History.
They’re given notes on specific information you’ll have to elicit from them
during the interview.
2. Your 2nd Sem faci will grade you for Grand History.
3. Focus on the Chief Complaint and History of the Present Illness as they’re
not so strict with Review of Systems. Memorize the Manual.
4. You have just 10 minutes to go through the entire History Taking.
FINAL EXAM
Med 1 Final Exam is PURE SAMPLEX. 100% SAMPLEX with questions taken
from Quizzes and Shifting Exams from the same school year. But focus on the
Shifting Exam questions more than the Quizzes.

RECAP!
1. Attend lectures, study the slides, read Bates.
2. Stick to the MANUAL for Hx/PE and OSCE.
3. Pray you get a kind faci.
4. SAMPLEX Finals.
PHARMACOLOGY
(5.0 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
The major grading components for Pharma are the Short Quizzes (50 pts each, 5-6 per
shift), 1 Long Quiz (60 pts covering 3 topics) and 1 Shifting Exam (120 pts) per shift then
the Final Exam. You will also be graded for SGD and Lab.
Others: Lab Conference, Complementary and Alternative Medicine report, Herbal
Research project, Drug Advocacy Video, and Conference on Therapy. All of these are
included in the 5th Shift grade. The Final Exam is 45% of the 5th Shift grade.
STUDY GUIDE
If you’re already apprehensive about Pharma, you have good reason to be ‘coz even Pharma
majors fail UST Med Pharma. This is THE MOST DIFFICULT subject for 2nd Year. There are
NO SHORTCUTS to studying Pharma. It’s really just pure memorization and analysis for
application but the sheer volume of drug names, classifications, mechanisms of action,
indications, contraindications, adverse effects, drug interactions, pharmacokinetic/
pharmacodynamic properties, etc. etc. etc. is enough to drive anyone crazy! So DO NOT CRAM
Pharma. Give it time and study smart.
*** Most Important Tip: MEMORIZE THE HANDOUTS ***
SHORT QUIZZES (50 pts)
1. Study the Handouts before the lecture. Memorize the Handouts before the
lecture especially if you’re in Section B and Section D.
2. If you could get a hold of lecture recordings, listen to them before the lecture.
The profs sometimes add so much info during their lectures that couldn’t be
found in the handouts.
3. Sections B and D have Pharma on Tuesdays so Sections A and C can listen
to the lecture recordings before Friday if they could get copies from 2B/2D.
4. There is a PATTERN for the questions that come out for each quiz. 2A/2C
could compile the quiz items of 2B/2D to guess more or less what will come
out in their Friday quiz. 2B/2D could try to samplex from last year’s quizzes.
5. The Short Quizzes are usually IDENTIFICATION (Give an indication/ adverse
effect/ contraindication, etc…) or ESSAY type (Explain why… What is the
MoA of…)
6. Each item in the Short Quiz could range from 5 to 10 points so try to minimize
mistakes.
LONG QUIZZES (60 pts) and SHIFTING EXAMS (120 pts)
1. Pharma Long Quizzes and Shifting Exams are all Multiple Choice.
2. There is a 5 point PRESCRIPTION portion for every Long Quiz. A case will
be presented and you’ll be given 4 drugs to choose from together with their
dosage details and instructions. You have to know the meanings of the
abbreviations (BID, QD, PO, etc) to be able to write the prescription.
3. Again, there are no shortcuts for Pharma. The exams are NOT SAMPLEX.
You will FAIL if you just study samplex. Questions are application type so you
have to memorize AND analyze to arrive at the correct answer.
4. Studying for a Pharma Long Quiz would take about 2-3 days assuming
you’ve been studying the handouts thoroughly for the short quizzes. There is
A LOT to memorize and they sometimes ask about insignificant drug details
on purpose so don’t take anything for granted.
5. The distribution of items is rather equal. They DO NOT focus on just the new
topics for Shiftings so you have to review Long Quiz topics also.
6. 2ND SHIFT is the most difficult shift for Pharma (Cardio drugs). 4TH SHIFT is
the easiest.
7. This is the study method that worked for me:
 Read each handout 3 times or more
 Memorize the drugs and their classes to the point where I can
recite them from memory
 Memorize MoA, indications, contraindications, adverse effects,
resistance mechanisms, PK/PD, comparison tables, etc.
 Do Q&A with a study buddy to reinforce learning
 Answer samplexes to practice analysis
FINAL EXAM (120 pts)
1. The Final Exam is NOT SAMPLEX. Majority will FAIL the Final Exam.
Although around 3-5(?) people in my batch got a score of 100+/120.
2. DO NOT CRAM studying for the Final Exam. If you think you need a month to
study for it then study for a whole month. Make sure you go through each and
every handout again and memorize as much as you can.
3. If you find greater motivation during group study sessions, then by all means,
get a study buddy then set a review schedule and stick to it.
OTHERS
The Pharma facis will critique all your videos, presentations and reports. They’ll be really
mean so just take all their bashing with a smile and thank them for their comments.
You’ll eventually end up with a line of 8 for all these projects. The best advocacy video in
my class got 95 so still try to do your best!

RECAP!
1. DO NOT CRAM PHARMA!
2. Beast mode memorization. Stick to the HANDOUTS.
3. Decode the pattern for the quizzes if you’re in 2A/2C.
4. Group study if it works for you. MNEMONICS! The funnier the better!
5. Dasal na lang talga. Dasal.
LABORATORY MEDICINE
MICROBIOLOGY (4.0 UNITS)
CLINICAL PATHOLOGY (2.0 UNITS)
PARASITOLOGY (1.5 UNITS)

I grouped these 3 subjects together because they’re all handled by the same department and
are taught by the same set of professors. Therefore, the approach to studying is similar.
GRADING SCHEME
2 Long Quizzes (60 pts each), 1 Shifting Exam (120 pts) and 1 Practical Exam (20 pts)
per shift. NO GRAND PRACTICAL exam. There are also Case Discussions (10%), Lab
activities and Lab Exams (20 pts). BONUSES in store!
STUDY GUIDE
LONG EXAMS (60 pts) and SHIFTING EXAMS (120 pts)
1. Attend lectures. Listen and take down notes. Attendance is recorded.
2. Microbiology and Clinical Pathology: Study SMART Notes if the lecture is
similar. If not, study the PPT slides. Jawetz is high-yield for Mycology!
3. Parasitology: Study PIKACHU Notes. If you have time, study Markell.
4. TRANS the lectures of Dr. Borromeo and Dr. Delgado! They’re high yield.
5. SAMPLEX is a must for all Lab Med subjects.
6. For Sections C and D, you’ll find that your Parasitology exams are more
difficult than the 1st Sem exams of Sections A and B. I don’t know why.
7. For Sections A and B, you’ll find that your Clinical Pathology exams are more
difficult than the 1st Sem exam of Sections C and D. I don’t know why.
8. Lab Med is basically just memorization. A lot of people get exempted too.
LAB and PRACTICAL EXAMS (20 pts)
1. They give BONUS points for Lab Sheets so always be sure to submit them.
2. During Lab sessions, take pictures of the MICROSCOPE DEMOS and SET-
UPS. Those specific organisms are bound to turn up in the exam.
3. The exam can be a mix of identification or multiple choice. It depends on the
prof assigned to make your exam.
4. PRACTICAL EXAMS ARE CUMULATIVE for Parasitology and Clinical
Pathology, meaning the 2nd Shift practical exam will cover everything.
5. For Clinical Pathology study the MILKTEA reviewer. It’s high yield. Also study
the Lab Manual. They like asking normal values (SI and otherwise).
6. For Parasitology, memorize the pertinent details for each parasite presented
in the demo.

RECAP!
1. Study SMART Notes/ PIKACHU Notes or PPT for written exams. SAMPLEX also.
2. Study the LAB MANUAL and focus on the LAB DEMOS for all Practical Exams.
3. Memorize, memorize, memorize.
SURGERY 1
(3.0 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
2 Online Quizzes and 1 Shifting Exam per shift. You also have alternating SGD days
and Practicals Minor – where you’ll be taught scrubbing, gowning, knot tying, suturing,
etc. and of course, the OR Tour! Some facis are notorious for cutting class.
STUDY GUIDE
SAMPLEX is the only way to go for Surgery.
- ONLINE QUIZZES: Study the MOST RECENT samplexes/ screenshots
- SHIFTING EXAMS: Study as many samplexes as you can, even old ones
Participate actively in Practicals Minor and SGD as each of these make up 30% of your
Shifting Grade and often determine whether you get exempted or not.
OBSTETRICS 1
(1.5 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
10 Short Quizzes of varying points for the entire semester plus 2 Shifting Exams. Short
Quizzes make up 50% of your Final Grade. Recitation makes up 10% of your Final
Grade. NO exemptions for Finals. People fail OB.
STUDY GUIDE
SHORT QUIZZES and SHIFTING EXAMS
1. Memorize Lalala Notes. Read Williams if you have time.
2. Attend General Lectures and listen well coz they’re high yield.
3. Short Quizzes may be identification, multiple choice, enumeration, drawing,
etc. SAMPLEX is a must.
GRADED RECITATION
1. The way your SGD goes is highly faci-dependent. There are some who call
people randomly (Dra. Trinidad, Dra. Atienza, Dr. Gonzales) while others
prefer that you volunteer (Dra. Coloma, Dra. Lee).
2. Facis DO NOT like short answers. You’re required to be able to explain
concepts extensively so study beforehand. Lalala Notes are adequate.
3. You are in direct competition with everyone else in your subsection so the
person with the most number of recitations becomes the denominator for
everyone else. There are around 60 students per subsection.
4. Some facilitators hold pop quizzes (Dra. Mariano and Dr. Gonzales) if nobody
wants to recite.

RECAP!
Study Lalala Notes and Williams. SAMPLEX! Recite, recite, recite!
NEUROSCIENCE 2
(1.0 UNIT)
GRADING SCHEME
Multiple choice Short Quizzes and Shifting Exams. NO PRACTICAL EXAMS. There are
very few grading components for Neuroscience 2 so do well in every exam! People fail
Neuro 2.
STUDY GUIDE
1. TRANS the lectures. Exams are highly lecture-based. No need to read Haines.
2. If you can get copies of high-yield transes, study those.
3. Take pictures of the PPT slides as some profs don’t want to give soft copies.
4. SAMPLEX is helpful but don’t depend on it alone.
5. Answers to the quizzes and shifting exams are discussed towards the end of the
sem. If you can get a copy of the trans for last year’s discussion, well and good.
6. The Neuro department DOES NOT return exam questionnaires.

RECAP!
1. TRANS the lecture or study high-yield notes.
2. SAMPLEX can help.
3. Every point counts!

BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 1
(1.0 UNIT)
GRADING SCHEME
Multiple choice Short Quizzes and Shifting Exams plus around two plenary Case
Discussions where any group can be called on to present. There are very few grading
components for Behavioral Medicine so do well in every exam!
STUDY GUIDE
1. The department DOES NOT ALLOW students to take photos of their slides. Luckily,
we already have transes of the slides via SMART Notes so just bring those to class.
2. There’s a lot to memorize for Behavioral Medicine but that’s all there is to do.
3. SAMPLEX is a must!
4. The answers to all the quizzes and shifting exams are discussed at some point. BE
PRESENT during these sessions or else they won’t consider any corrections in your
papers.
5. The Behavioral Med department DOES NOT return exam questionnaires.

RECAP!
1. Study SMART Notes. Memorize.
2. SAMPLEX is a must!
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2
(1.0 UNIT)
GRADING SCHEME
The course is divided into 3 parts: Occupational Health, Community Health and Patient
Safety. The only difficult topic is Occupational Health.
Occupational Health:
- 25-point ALL IDENTIFICATION Quiz, Shifting Exam, Individual + Group Papers
Community Health:
- Multiple Choice Quizzes, Shifting Exam, Group Paper
Patient Safety:
- Short Quizzes, Shifting Exam, Exercises
STUDY GUIDE
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
1. MEMORIZE the Handout. MEMORIZE the PPTs.
2. Do well in individual and group outputs or reports.
COMMUNITY HEALTH
1. Dr. Alex Pineda gives reviews before every quiz so you’re all bound to score
high. All you have to do is listen.
2. Try to get a copy of the MOST RECENT Shifting Exam samplex.
3. Do well in individual and group papers.
PATIENT SAFETY
This subject is very new, we’re the first batch to have Patient Safety. Just study
whatever materials Dra. Rondaris and Dr. Uy will be distributing.
CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 2
(1.0 UNIT)
GRADING SCHEME
2 Online Quizzes (40 pts) plus 2 Shifting Exams. There are also SGDs and Group
Assignments to be submitted online via E-LEAP. WORK ON THESIS ALSO!!!
STUDY GUIDE
1. You will actually be using the BLACK BOOK this year! The assignments are
patterned after the discussions in the book.
2. Lecture notes are found in Supersubsec and Instali Notes.
3. SAMPLEX is a MUST for Online Quizzes and Shifting Exams but also know how to
compute for everything because all exams have problem solving. Calculator!!!
PEDIATRICS
(0.5 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
You’ll be having many easy Short Quizzes and relatively difficult Shifting Exams. There
are also SGDs and Class Presentations that take up a large portion (12%) of the grade.
STUDY GUIDE
1. Study PIKACHU Notes, they’re super high-yield for Pedia.
2. There’s A LOT to MEMORIZE so don’t underestimate this subject.
3. SAMPLEX is a must for Short Quizzes!
4. Do well in SGDs and Class Presentations as some facis grade low.

ANESTHESIOLOGY
(0.5 UNITS)
GRADING SCHEME
Short Quizzes, Shifting Exams and SGDs.
STUDY GUIDE
1. Anesthesiology is very easy. Stick to the HANDOUTS and memorize them.
2. SAMPLEX is a MUST!!!

MPPRC
(Medical Pathologic Pharmacologic Radiologic Conference)
GRADING SCHEME
MPPRC is a YEARLY subject where each subgroup reports on a case once per
semester. A written case is provided in the 1st Semester and actual ward patients are
interviewed and assessed (Hx/PE) in the 2nd Semester.
There are 10-point identification quizzes after every report and a Shifting Exam with
questions specific to your cases. Listen to the facis when they comment on the report to
get an idea of what they’ll be asking in the quiz.
Your MPPRC grade corresponds to 10% of your Pharmacology 5th Shift Grade and 5%
of your 5th Shift Grade for other subjects.
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CLOSING STATEMENTS:

So there you have it! A comprehensive list of all my tips for surviving 2nd Year in UST Med.
It’s now up to you to put in the effort.

My worst regret was not focusing more on my MAJORS. So don’t make the same mistake.
Another regret was that I NEVER remembered to bring a calculator to my Clin Ep exams. 

You have to remember that you’re never alone in your academic struggles.
Truth be told, friends will keep you sane through 2nd Year.

Good luck and God bless on your ROAD TO V-NECK!

ALLIE P.
6/4/2016