Basic things are very important in medicine. It is like a ground element in which other factors rely upon it. Everything starts from as simple as unicell until the growth takes place into multicellular functional organs.
The knowledge of physiology for example is carried through out the entire career. It is very important to know how the various systems in the body works according to their own functions. What is the mechanism of heart’s pumping action? What is the symptoms of blood loss from the body? All those questions are related to the knowledge of physiology which deals with the normal mechanisms of various systems.
The most important thing is that we have to really know which is important and which is not that important. It is called priority. We do not have to study all the topics or all the diseases in the not-so-thin book. Unless you have time, you can finish reading them all. But for the undergraduate level, it is advisable to know certain important stuff only. That is expected from us.
One of the surgeon at the hospital once asked us whether we know how to manage particular emergency situations if such cases are referred to us. For example, how are we gonna manage loose motion patient. What is the treatment. What is the management of dehydration cases. If someone with anemia and chronic vomiting comes to you, what is the steps to manage such patient.
He emphasized the importance to have basic knowledge regarding those conditions. We are not going to treat critical cases like myocardial infarction or Stoke-Adam Syndrome although we should know what are those diseases. Let the cardiologists do their work to handle that patients as they are pretty much good unless you want to be a cardiologist.
The point is, keep our focus on particular topics of utmost importance first. Revise the topics regularly until it is at the tip of the tongue as if it is going to be spit out whenever the appropriate time comes. We have to practise saying what we are reading repeatedly to make it a long term memory.
To know what is really important is gonna save us some time.
Those who are clever —-> study hard.
Those who are wise —–> study smart.
Is it true? Hmmm…