Welcome! You've made it into medicine, but you're probably wondering what you to do now that you're finally here!
Don't fear, WAMSS is here to guide you through the fog of MD1.
Contributors: Alexander Lawrie and Jun-Ting Yeung (Class of 2023)
Last edited: 13-11-2022
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Managing MD1 | WAMSS Notes | Stethoscopes | Perth | UWA
Whether you're a part of the Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major or graduate entry, your first year will consist of two units, IMED3111 and IMED3112
In these units you will learn the background information necessary for further learning in the clinical setting. They will demand a lot of your time, but you're finally starting to learn how to be a doctor!
Work out a study strategy that works for you but being consistent is the key to success; this isn't like a normal undergraduate unit where you can leave everything to the last minute.
Many have found success with flashcard programmes like Anki. WAMSS usually runs a 'How to study with Anki in the MD' workshop. You can even find decks prepared by previous years in WAMSS Notes, though half the study can be preparing the cards yourself.
You should consider all content examinable (lectures, tutorials, seminars, labs etc) unless instructed otherwise. It can be useful to look at what they are trying to get across to you, rather than just rote memorising
For example: Do I understand how a change in blood pressure will affect cardiac output rather than just memorising the Frank-Starling equation?
Finally, enjoy MD1, you won't have this opportunity to learn in a judgement free zone for long and you'll be separated from much of your cohort when you start clinical rotations, not to say clinical isn't great, but don't view MD1 as something just to get through.
WAMSS Notes is accessed by following this link to a Google Form (there's a new form each year and you need to submit a request each year for access - It's one person approving requests so please be patient, especially around exams) and filling in your details for approval.
Once approved the password is: WAMSSknowsnotes
It contains Anki decks, rotation guides, notes from previous years, and more. This is for UWA Medical Students ONLY!
The faculty has generously allowed us to continue maintaining this resource with the understanding that it is for our use and will not be shared.
In previous years, the MD1 Reps (elections held early in the year) have organised a bulk stethoscope order which means you can get one at a slight discount.
There is usually the option to engrave a short message on the headpiece (best to get your name but avoid adding Dr, it could get you in trouble).
The most popular models are the 3M Littmann Classic III (lightweight, cheaper, more colours), or the 3M Littmann Cardiology IV (more sensitive, pricier, heavier, taller headpiece can be useful in thin/cachectic patients).
For those with hearing difficulties there are digital options but you should consult with faculty as they may need to approve them for exams.
For those who don't normally call Perth home, welcome to the sunny, laid-back WA. It's a great place to learn medicine, with an ample amount of distractions at hand. From beaches, shopping, good food, or hikes, Perth has you covered.