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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3972

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3972A 2-year-old child has no red reflex in the right eye. He is subsequently found to have an eye tumor, as shown in the image, that is caused by dysfunction of a specific cell-cycle regulatory gene product.

What is the normal function of this gene product in a quiescent cell?

A. Prevents cell-cycle progression past the G1/S checkpoint
B. Prevents cell-cycle progression past the G2/M checkpint
C. Promotes DNA damage repair
D. Promotes histone acetylation
E. Regulates apoptosis and angiogenesis

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Networking for IMGs

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By Edison Cano

Networking for IMGsA few years back, I thought the quest for a residency spot in the US was strictly dominated by scores and academic activities. While these are important, other aspects of increasing exposure to programs began to stand out. As in any career, I realized networking is of paramount importance in medicine, especially for IMG and FMG students.

The rationale behind networking is simple: most of us are looking for opportunities to break into the US. Broadly speaking, that usually includes research, an observership, and ultimately, a residency. After spending several years in medical school outside the US, little can be gleaned just from the name of our med school, research, letters of recommendation from our home country and even USMLE scores. We need to have established relationships so residency directors know who we are. (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3966

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3966A 50-year-old Chinese immigrant presents to his primary care physician complaining of fever, night sweats, and blood-tinged sputum for the past 3 weeks. An x-ray of the chest, shown in the image, is remarkable for opacity in the right upper lobe.

Which of the following adverse effects is commonly associated with a drug used in the treatment of this man’s disease?

A. Blue and yellow color blindness
B. Myalgias
C. Numbness and tingling
D. Ophthalmoplegia
E. Renal failure

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Mnemonic Monday: Structures of the Diaphragm

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By Haley Masterson

Mnemonics are an important tool for approaching Gross Anatomy. Here’s one for the diaphragm that will help you not only in orienting yourself in the lab, but also in identifying cross-sectional levels on x-rays in the future.

I Ate 10 Eggs At 12

The diaphragm has 3 main hiatuses – the hiatus of the inferior vena cava (IVC), the esophageal hiatus, and the aortic hiatus. The IVC passes through the diaphragm at the level of T8 (I “ate”), the esophagus passes at the level of T10 (“10 Eggs”), and the aorta passes through at the level of T12.

USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #21580

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Check out today’s Step 2 CK Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #21580A 3-year-old boy presents to the emergency department (ED) with a fever and difficulty breathing. He is the product of a normal pregnancy and has been healthy since birth. His immunizations are up to date. This morning he appeared to be in his usual state of health and was dropped off at day care by his father. Later on, his teacher noticed that he had suddenly become fussy and flushed and could not be consoled with toys, rocking, or hearing a story. He also felt warm to the touch and was drooling more than usual. When she took his temperature, it was 39°C (102.2°F). His parents were contacted immediately, and the patient was brought to the ED. He appears toxic and anxious, and has loud labored breathing. He is sitting upright, bracing himself on his arms, with his neck hyperextended and mouth open. His temperature is 40°C (104°F), respiratory rate is 50/min, pulse is 140/min, blood pressure is 102/62 mm Hg, and oxygen saturation is 100% on room air. Lateral x-ray of the neck is shown in the image. Laryngoscopy reveals a large cherry-red epiglottitis.

What is the most appropriate next step in management?

A. Antibiotic therapy
B. Corticosteroids
C. Nasotracheal intubation
D. Observation
E. Tracheostomy

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3962

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3962The image shows one anatomic variation that can occur from abnormal development of this paired, embryonic, mesodermally derived organ.

In the presence of Müllerian inhibiting factor, the embryonic organ giving rise to the structure shown in the drawing will develop into which of the following?

A. Appendix epididymis
B. Appendix testes
C. Bulbourethral glands
D. Paradidymis
E. Skene’s glands

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