There is so much information that you need to know and memorise in medical school. Therefore, I believe that it is really important to have notes that are concise which summarise all the key aspects that you need to know to save time and be efficient - nothing more and nothing less. Here are my handwritten electronic notes that I made using different sources including lectures, books and research. They are the exact notes that I used to pass and score highly during my first year of medical scool. I hope you find them as a useful addition to your own notes and hopefully you will achieve the same :) 


These are the topics covered:


Anatomy of Systems

  • Osteology of the vertebral column.
  • Joints and movement of the vertebrae.
  • The chest wall.
  • The cardiovascular system 1.
  • The cardiovascular system 2- Anatomy of the heart Part 1.
  • The cardiovascular system 3 - Anatomy of the heart Part 2.
  • The respiratory system 1 - Anatomy introduction. 
  • The respiratory system 2 - anatomy of breathing. 
  • The respiratory system 3 - upper airways. 
  • The respiratory system 4 - lungs and pleura. 
  • The respiratory system 5 - Mediastinum.  


Immunity and Infection 


  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Innate immune protection. 
  • Antibody, lymphocytes and the generation of diversity. 
  • T-cells, effector functions and. the MHC. 
  • Immune recognition and immune tolerance. 
  • Acute/chronic inflammation.
  • When the immune system goes wrong. 
  • Introduction to microbiology.
  • Pathogenesis of microbial infection.
  • Diagnosis and control of infection. 


Physiology and Pharmacology of Systems

  • Introduction to the cardiovascular system and cardiovascular disease. 
  • The cardiac cycle.
  • Control of cardiac output.
  • Initiation of the heart beat.
  • Vasculature.
  • Introduction to the respiratory system & lung mechanics I.
  • Lung mechanics 2.
  • Gaseous diffusion and transport 1. 
  • Gaseous diffusion and transport 2.
  • Ventilation-perfusion relationships.
  • Control of ventilation. 
  • Coordinated CV responses 1.
  • Coordinated CV responses 2.
  • Fundamental principles of pharmacology 1.
  • Fundamental principles of pharmacology 2.
  • Toxicology and drug safety. 
  • Pharmacokinetics. 
  • Regulation of blood pressure.
  • Haematopoiesis.
  • Haemostasis. 


These notes were written to my best of knowledge during medical school. Please do not use them as an alternative to your own medical curriculum or to what you have been taught.


Medicine Year 1 Notes - Foundations of Biomedical Science 2 Module Only