Med Terminology

  1. I decided to get a head start on my basic med term class. EEK! It's challenging. First chapter is on the basic word structure.

    I made up flashcards of the prefixes, suffixes and combining forms.

    We're using Devi-Ellen Chabner's Medical Terminology: A Short Course 4th edition Very good book- a ton things to fill in. It also came with a cd that has more review on it in a quiz format. And some matching games. It says there are coloring pages and more things on the website but I haven't checked it out yet.

    So far it's pretty fun even if a bit challenging.
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  3. by   lisabeth
    I am taking it too. I went ahead and got my book which came with CD's and a small book which will become my second Bible (lol). I have already started looking over it and listening to the CD's also. My book came with flashcards, so they will go everywhere with me too.

    Good luck to you.

    Quote from IaCountryGirl
    I decided to get a head start on my basic med term class. EEK! It's challenging. First chapter is on the basic word structure.

    I made up flashcards of the prefixes, suffixes and combining forms.

    We're using Devi-Ellen Chabner's Medical Terminology: A Short Course 4th edition Very good book- a ton things to fill in. It also came with a cd that has more review on it in a quiz format. And some matching games. It says there are coloring pages and more things on the website but I haven't checked it out yet.

    So far it's pretty fun even if a bit challenging.
  4. by   Pixiesmom
    I took Med Terminology last semester online. I think it's a great class! TexasAngel, I'm just curious as to the title of the little book that is soon to become your second Bible. :spin:
  5. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    I am taking it too. I went ahead and got my book which came with CD's and a small book which will become my second Bible (lol). I have already started looking over it and listening to the CD's also. My book came with flashcards, so they will go everywhere with me too.

    Good luck to you.
    Don't you think that investing in a good Medical Dictionary would be sufficient enough at this point after you already completed your A&P classes successfully?
  6. by   lisabeth
    It is a small book called "A Quick Reference to Medical Terminology". :spin:
    By the way, what do you feel it will help you as you go into the nursing program? I just think it will, and I think the instructors may expect us to have somewhat of an understanding of the terms they will use.

    Quote from Pixiesmom
    I took Med Terminology last semester online. I think it's a great class! TexasAngel, I'm just curious as to the title of the little book that is soon to become your second Bible. :spin:
    Last edit by lisabeth on Jan 7, '07
  7. by   lisabeth
    It may be sufficient to do that. I do have a med. dictionary which will also help, but as I said in my PM, A legal asst. wouldnt make it very long without a firm understanding of legal terminology, so I just feel a nurse would be much better equipped with a firm understanding of medical terminology and the different parts of the words.
    It sure wont hurt to take the class, and it will probably help me understand a lot of things the instructors wont delve into unless interrupted. I for one, dont like to do that unless absolutely neccessary.
    I guess some nurses, or nursing students would be better to answer that question. I am not there yet.

    Quote from stpauligirl
    Don't you think that investing in a good Medical Dictionary would be sufficient enough at this point after you already completed your A&P classes successfully?
  8. by   Valdes
    Medical Terminology is not that bad. The book you using is the same one that I used when I had when I was in an RT program. It's a very good book. the only rough part (if you can call it that) is knowing when to use the correct term. By that i mean the same "English word" can have 3 medical terms, so you have to know when to use the correct one.

    I never did any of the on line stuff... but I think I have close to 500 flash cards...
  9. by   Pixiesmom
    Quote from TexasAngel
    It is a small book called "A Quick Reference to Medical Terminology". :spin:
    By the way, what do you feel it will help you as you go into the nursing program? I just think it will, and I think the instructors may expect us to have somewhat of an understanding of the terms they will use.
    Gotcha, I was thinking of the Cyclopedic med. dictionary, but it isn't really a small book. Unless you compare it to an Anatomy book then it is.

    The Division chair of Allied Health (She is an RN) at my college recommends taking it, but it isn't a requirement. I took it before I even spoke to her about it. I figured that it couldn't hurt. :spin:
  10. by   lisabeth
    Well, then I guess my purse is really big. My reference book fits into my purse. I think that and my flashcards will be as essential as my lipgloss and wallet. :spin:

    Quote from Pixiesmom
    Gotcha, I was thinking of the Cyclopedic med. dictionary, but it isn't really a small book. Unless you compare it to an Anatomy book then it is. :spin:
  11. by   ChargeNurseAmy74
    Quote from stpauligirl
    Don't you think that investing in a good Medical Dictionary would be sufficient enough at this point after you already completed your A&P classes successfully?

    I think Tabers Medical Dictionary is a good investment..I also took Med Term last semester and I learned so much in that class, I couldn't imagine starting the nursing program without it. Good luck,

    oh an in the Tabers you can look up ANYTHING and get a clear explanation, from what i've heard, at my school you need it anyways during the nursing, so why not buy it early?

    Take care nurse2b_amy

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