Here’s a brief guide for the newcomers regarding trinity’s syllabus for 1st year and recommended books.
There are 3 terms in Trinity college:
1) Michaelmas term (oct-dec)
2) Hilary term (jan-march)
3) Trinity term (april-may)
You guys will be learning only three subjects throughout this first year. The 3 subjects are anatomy (except neuroanatomy), physiology and biochemistry. But there is another extra subject which is human behavioral and science.this subject is more likely to phsychology and you will only seat this paper at the final term. So, don’t get mess with it and just take it easy….
Medical faculty still use conventional method of learning and incorporate it with PBL(problem based learning). It is a supplement for the 1st year student to vary their way of learning. But beware, you will grade yourself in every PBL session and 20% will be counted in the final..don’t worry just enjoy it and don’t forget to do some research when you got your assignmentJ PBL will be done twice a week and you will be grouped into a group of 10. This session is very helpful because you will know the intelligent level of your classmate as well as you too. Furthermore, it enhance your communication skill and you will get to know each other..widen your horizon ok…
Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank H. Netter, John T. Hansen
This is one of the best books you will find for learning human anatomy. Interestingly the entire book is all based on drawings and not photos. It gives you an ideal picture of each anatomical field so when you see the real thing the pieces fall into place. The book is very strong in all areas of the body except neuroanatomy. A separate book is needed for that. Don’t worry because
you will learn neuroanatomy in 2nd year.
Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Keith L. Moore and Arthur F Dalley
This book is known for its comprehensive coverage of anatomy that relates to the practice of medicine. Clinical information in this book is very important especially in your viva(oral exam) or in order to get higher marks from our lecturerJ
Lippincott’s Biochemistry by Pamela C.Champe and Richard A. Harvey
This thin-blue book is very helpful especially in the first term(michaelmas term) and a bit in the second term(Hilary term). Memorize all the process such as glycolysis and etc…
Biochemistry by Stryer
This book is quite useful when you’re in the third term as it gives descriptive explanation and help you in understanding the sequence of each process.
Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems by Lauralee Sherwood
This is the only book will be used in the entire first year for physiology subject. Even though it is thick and heavy but you will find that you’re able to read every single page and sentence as it help you in your examination. Watch out and careful because some sentences that you might ignore will be ask in the exam. So read it…
P/S: All these books are helpful but it is unnecessary for you to buy all those book. You can get them at our big library. It is just that if you have it, you will be easy to go through all the books without thinking of re-update your books at the library. Remember that you can download your lecture notes at tcd.ie and very useful. Sometimes you wouldn’t need to refer to the books as the lecture notes are enough and understandable.
Any further enquiries:
Aimi Musfirah bt Ahmad Munir
Becoming 2nd year Med Student in TCD
+60195265929(until 6 oct 2008)
+353858176148(after 6 oct 2008)