'there is nothing like good and bad memory but only trained and untrained one'
many say success in any field is 99% effort + 1%luck but i think in medical field its 99% memory and just 1% luck...coz medical science is more of fact based and the little bit of clinics u do is no where near the amount of theory u need to know.Many of our seniors[read profs] say key is to understand the things and do them practically but i think most the things u read/hear cant be seen and its impractical to expect to learn everything just by clinical knowledge.And this problem of retaining things is more so when u r preparing for competitive exams like pg,upsce etc where more than what to remember its more of how to remember.
Just think for a sec..how in gods name are u going to remember the mc se of Carbamazepine drug or the drugs causing SLE by just understanding the subject or agonist of any particular receptor..?? Either u have to study it byheart like we did during high school [even mathematical problems weren't spared then] or just use some memory techniques like acronyms,mnemonics and apply them accordingly.
Making a mnemonic or any acronym is like creating a music..its depends on your personality[like an art] and time and interest u invest in doing it....if u really want to remember anything u just have to invest accordingly and frankly there is no other short cut.
Throught my UG like [and even now] i was quite famous for this among my friends and in fact some of my mnemonics which i had made then are helping me even now for my exams..Some of them are-
rIght-right side heart murmurs Increase on inspiration..
among LAs anything with 2i is an amide...
WTF* pelcan-wimburger,tremmerfeld,franklin line and pelcan spur...scurvy radiological signs
Sulfonylureas[oral hypoglycemic] patients must be Small-so given in thin patients and metformin in obese...
Imagine a tree @ ur sacred place....Trazadone causes priaprism[painful erection]
Lamotrigine causes a line in your skin-cause Steven Johnson syndrome
Clip on your hair-doc for Hairy CL is Cladribine
key is just to use the techniques accordingly and among these the most powerful one is visual ones[like trazadone] coz what ever u hear/see is visualized inside your brain and in this way why not use it constructively and remember few things!!
*wtf-wow thats funny
1-it may be worlds fastest rubic cube solver or some UPSCE topper..its just pure memory which helps them do things they do more efficiently...
2-talking like an expert here doesn't make me one...its just my opinion and little bit of knowledge i have gained during my medical life....