As corny as it is, sharing is caring – and in honor of that, I thought that this would be the perfect place to share (if not just to store) the amazing resources that I come across in my studies. There are so many great sources of information available to us and these are the ones that I have found most helpful. I hope they help you too!
- Khan Academy – love this site. Great for brushing up on some details, but not quite detailed enough for second year. Read more about it here.
- Professor Fink’s channel on youtube – Biology, Embryology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, etc. Full lectures, really personable and actually fun to watch.
- Whatshouldwecallmedschool – a tumblr profile for med students with plenty of oh-so-true gifs. Perfect for when you want a little break…and a little reminder that you are not alone.
- 8tracks.com – because no matter how good you think that study list you made is, you’re going to get sick of it – and soon. This site is amazing. Playlists designed by people for all different moods. Here are some of my favorites right now:
These are the materials that I was given to prepare for the entrance exam in 2012. The review guides are from the Masaryk University in Brno, but the information in them is same as what is expected of you for the Semmelweis admission exam. For more details on what it was like for us during our application process, check out the Entrance Exam category. Semmelweis’ entrance exam does not include physics, but since you will have physics the first year, the guide might be helpful.
I get a lot of emails asking me how to prepare for the exam. It really depends on your background, how much time you have and where you take the exam (the examiners are different in most countries). I hadn’t been in school for almost 4 years, so I had to start at the basics all over again. I spent the first half of my studying reading textbooks and these guides I posted. For the second half, I watched Khan Academy videos (those that were available in early 2012, they have since expanded quite a bit).
I recently went through all the notes that have piled up during the past 4 years and took photos of all the notes I prepared for the entrance exam. I’m posting them here so that people can see exactly what I focused on and how I prepared. There are probably 1000 different ways to prepare for the exam – and this is just one of them. These notes don’t cover absolutely everything that will be on the exam, at least I don’t think they do, but they might be helpful anyway. When I took the exam, they seemed to place a lot of focus on things like glycolysis, some mitosis/meiosis, macromolecules (structures, including bond types, and functions) and then general basic themes within biology and chemistry.
For the oral part of the exam, they want to see that you have a strong enough basic knowledge to build on. They will start with general questions and then go deeper and deeper until they reach the point where you no longer can answer their questions. I was really worried about this part at first, but soon realized that this was the best part of the exam because it gave you the opportunity to prove your knowledge in a conversation. The examiner brings up several different types of topics on which to base your general discussion and you just say whatever you can say.
- The Anatomy Room – For videos covering head and neck anatomy. He uses a plastic skull, so it isn’t as detailed as the real thing, however, his explanations are fun and he throws in little tips that help in remembering different features. Good for review.
- Virtual Skull – basic but helpful
- Online dissection manual – The site is broken down into different labs which focus on different regions of the body. You can follow through a lab if you want to get a good overview before quizzing yourself. You can design your own quiz depending on what you need/want to be tested on. The quizzes include pictures of actual specimens and a small schematic showing where in the body you are looking. If you get the answer wrong, it will direct you to the lab that the topic was covered in so that you can figure out why your answer was incorrect.
- Anatomy LE Drawings We Should Know – you pretty much need to know drawings for everything and this one covers a few of them.
- Anatomy-By-Kenz – great graphic-design style anatomy schematics
- InnerBody – interactive anatomy site
- Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy – transcripts only. If you don’t have the videos yet – find them! They are amazing. They don’t cover everything for osteology and don’t always go deep enough with anatomy, but will cover more than enough for review. Great to watch when you are tired of reading. I uploaded them to my iPad and watch them at the gym – two birds, one stone.
- Access Anatomy – youtube videos. Not a lot of them, but the ones there are very informative.
- Anatomy of the Inguinal Region – a single youtube video that helped me SO much with our inguinal herniation topic for our second semester anatomy semi-final. I ended up getting the topic on my exam and I explained it so well (because of the video) that she didn’t ask me any further questions.
- Yale School of Medicine Cranial Nerves – easy to navigate, great info, drawings and pictures.
- Draw It To Know It – awesome schematics and tutorials. Great for visualizing complicated topics.
- Professor Fink’s Intro to Embryology Lecture – this Embryology lecture is a life saver! If you are feeling overwhelmed by embryo – try this. It clears things up, makes it easy to visualize and will better prepare you for what you read in your text book.
- Medical Embryology – Difficult concepts of early development – Commenting now, as a 2nd year preparing for the giant anatomy final, this is my favorite. He draws as he explains and the video is relatively short and concise.
- Duke’s Simbryo site – amazing animated embryology. Didn’t find this until after my exams, but really wish I had found it earlier! Embryo is all about being able to visualize the changes.
- Blue Histology – has a huge slide database – about 440 slides. You can search by organ, staining, magnification, etc. The most helpful part for me was actually the quiz on the site. It got me really comfortable with quickly identifying histological specimens.
- Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine – great for theory. It helped me get a better grasp on the information. The organization of the site makes it easy to follow the topics and build your knowledge.
- Virtual slidebox – another source for histology slides. Recommended by the Head of Anatomy.
- University of Leeds – Histology Guide – haven’t used this one personally, but a girl in my group recommended it
- University of Michigan Medical School – lymphatic system info and slides
- BU Histology Learning System – (MY FAVORITE) great tutorial/learning site. Its focus is that histology is best studied by learning how morphological features relate to function and by understanding which features are most diagnostic of organ systems and organs of the systems. Nicely organized into several different indices for you to choose from. Includes a page clearing up commonly confused specimens, appendices providing important information about staining and a glossary of terms. I think my favorite feature is the “label on/off” on the slide. With the label off, you get just the histological specimen and with the label on, you get a black and white version of the image with clear labeling.
- yairmeiry’s channel on youtube – very Khan Academy-esque, but geared more towards medical students taking medical biophysics. Skjalg found these videos on youtube and thinks that the creator must be a former, if not current, medical student in Hungary. Easy-to-understand videos with plenty of drawings and simplified explanations. Plus a lot easier to follow than your textbook.
- Brightstorm – bite-size videos by a very enthusiastic physicist
- Respiratory Physiology
- John B. West’s Lectures in Respiratory Physiology, UCSD – His book is recommended for this topic in physiology and video lectures are a savior when you’re tired and can’t focus on reading a book.
- Practical Hemostasis – otherwise so hard to find material on this online, except for some wikipedia articles and various scientific papers.
- Budapeststudent.com – Amazing resource. Run by a Norwegian doctor who studied at Semmelweis. He is also the one that holds review classes at Bjørknes. In the time since I started Semmelweis, he has stopped updating the site. However, there is still a lot of great information available. He also has an extensive list of important links.
- Medisinstudenten – Blog by a Norwegian girl currently studying in Semmelweis. Have spent many a night reading through her blog. It has helped me get a better idea of what to expect and prepare myself for. She has since stopped blogging, but the archives still hold a wealth of information.
- StudyinginBudapest – blog by an Irish Erasmus student who studied in Budapest in 2013/2014. His blog has a lot of great information for students, including sites to see, things to do and tips and tricks.
Here is a list of youtube videos I have stumbled across that have really helped me understand certain topics. I’ll just add them here as I find them. They’ll probably come in handy when preparing for our cumulative exams at the end of the second year and might even help someone else out! A lot of time can be spent finding the right youtube video.