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12 Days of Holiday Deals: Day 9 – A 6-Month Subscription to Step 1 Flash Facts for Only $79!

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On the ninth day of the holidays, USMLE-Rx and First Aid gave to me…

A 6-month subscription to Step 1 Flash Facts for only $79!

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Here’s the fine print…
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*** Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount applies to only those qualifying new subscriptions purchased 12/19/2014.

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Annotation Nation

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By Tim Durso

Annotation NationOne of the greatest challenges in studying for Step 1 is deciding what information is worth trying to remember. In an ideal world, you’d be able to memorize every bit of information you come across the first two years of med school, but if you could do that you’d be playing blackjack in Las Vegas with Tom Cruise instead of cramming your brain full of lysosomal storage diseases (that’s a Rain Man reference for those less movie-inclined). One of the best ways to machete your way through the thicket of medical knowledge out there is to annotate your handy-dandy version of First Aid (see here for the latest and greatest version).

While everyone agrees that annotation is an essential part of the sacred rite that is Step 1 studying, everyone seems to have a different approach. I’m going to try to help analyze some of these different approaches, and hopefully you’ll come away with a better understanding of what might work for you in your preparation. To accomplish this, I’m going to borrow elements from the famous children’s tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” If you haven’t heard of this story, call your parents and ask them why, and then Google it before reading further. (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3493

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3493A 45-year-old man presents with a low-grade fever, hoarseness, cough, and a sore throat. On physical examination, he has swollen cervical lymph nodes. Gram stain of his sputum is obtained, and the specimen is shown in the image. Secretions obtained from the patient’s tonsils are analyzed using polymerase chain reaction, and a diagnostic protein subunit is found.

The exotoxin responsible for his symptoms inhibits protein synthesis by which of the following mechanisms?

A. Activation of adenyl cyclase by adenosine diphosphate ribosylation
B. Activation of Gs
C. Adenosine diphosphate ribosylation of elongation factor 2
D. Inhibition of Gi
E. Stimulating macrophages to release tumor necrosis factor-?

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Mnemonic Monday: Hypersensitivity Reactions

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By Haley Masterson

The 4 categories of hypersensitivity reactions is one of those subjects many students suspect we’ll never need to remember. But, in fact, this topic will likely haunt us for the rest of our medical career no matter what field we go into (even surgical residents have to review this topic for their ABSITE exam), so you may as well memorize the 4 categories now.

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USMLE Exams: What is a good score?

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By Edison Cano

A commonly asked question among US graduates and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) is what is a good score on the USMLE exams? While we all agree that higher scores are better, there are wildly differing opinions amongst friends, classmates, and various internet resources.

This question becomes harder to answer because we all come from different backgrounds and with different expectations, but as we all have different plans, time, and responsibilities, we need to tailor our work based on our own goals. (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3488

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3488A 33-year-old woman presents to her physician complaining of fatigue and joint aches. On physical examination, her doctor notices abnormalities in her skin, which are seen in the image. Laboratory studies show antinuclear and anti-Sm antibodies. Urinalysis shows RBC casts and 2.1 g protein per 24 hours. A renal biopsy is performed.

Which of the following diseases has a similar cellular mechanism of disease progress?

A. Acute serum sickness
B. Cellulitis
C. Cervical carcinoma
D. Contact dermatitis
E. Goodpasture’s disease
F. Graves’ disease

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This practice question is an actual question from the USMLE-Rx Step 1 test bank. For more USMLE Step 1 prep, subscribe to our Flash Facts and Step 1 Express video series. Score the best deal on all three products with a Step 1 Triple Play Bundle.

What’s in a Name?

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By Joe Savarese

Mnemonics are definitely useful tools for medical students – useful for quick recall and short-memory techniques on frequently difficult topics. However, I found that when I am in the exam room with 72 seconds per question, my mind likely will not remember the twelve cranial nerves with this classic long sentence: “On old Olympus’s towering tops, a Finn and German viewed some hops.”

I prefer an acronym where each letter can stand for various items without the goofy sentence or I will commonly reshape the word in such a way that I can recall something significant about it. The latter method gives me the opportunity to remember forgotten memorized facts if I am stuck on an exam question. We have all had those moments where we recognize the word, yet we forgot everything about it. Instead we sit in the exam room and continuously repeat “Oprelvekin. Oprelvekin. Oprelvekin.” while changing our emphasis on different syllables.

Below are a few examples of difficult drugs (in my opinion) that I used while studying for Step 1. (more…)

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