Mnemonics

Mnemonic Monday: PERCH on a “Peak” – Picornavirus

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By Molly Lewis

Viruses… not only can they literally make you sick to your stomach from gastroenteritis, but trying to remember their classifications can cause significant nausea as well!

The solution? No, it’s not oral rehydration therapy or ondansetron – try a mnemonic!

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Mnemonic Monday: “HEN PEcKS” – 1st + 2nd Generation Cephalosporins

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By Molly Lewis

Learning antibiotics can be quite overwhelming- trade names, generic names, spectrums of activity, side effects, etc.- so many details! To make it a bit more manageable, I used as many mnemonics as I could find or create! Here is one of my favorites.

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Mnemonic Monday: “FEEL My Conjunctivitis” – Kawasaki Disease Mnemonic

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By Molly Lewis

Kawasaki disease (AKA mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome) may sound like a rare entity found only in Japan, but it happens more often than you might expect- in the US, 19 children per 100,000 each year! It is a systemic vasculitis that most often affects young kids, and is idiopathic (no known cause). It can be surprisingly difficult to distinguish it from scarlet fever and erythema multiforme. So, here is a helpful mnemonic to remember the criteria for diagnosing Kawasaki’s!

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Mnemonic Monday: Sweet Pumpkin Pie … A Glycolysis Mnemonic!

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By Molly Lewis

Pumpkin pie – one of my absolute favorite things!

Memorizing biochemistry pathways – um, not quite as high on the favorites list….

Joining the two = a palatable combination!

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Mnemonic Monday: Back to Preschool!! Mnemonics for Pediatric Fine Motor Skills Milestones

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By Molly Lewis

In your Step 1 prep, you’ll most likely run across questions similar to this: “A mother brings her 4-year-old son into the pediatrician for a well-child visit. The boy is able to hop on one foot, has imaginary friends, can speak with prepositions, and can copy a circle. How is his development in terms of fine motor, gross motor, social, and verbal skills?

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Mnemonic Monday: 7 Cute Ladies- Mnemonics for the Patient Interview

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By Molly Lewis

Whether you are a first year in Physical Diagnosis class, a second year in Continuity Clinic, a third year seeing consults, or an attending deciding if a patient needs emergency surgery, taking a complete history is a key aspect of patient care. How can you remember everything you need to ask? Try a mnemonic!

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Mnemonic Monday: The Krebs Cycle

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By Haley Masterson

Mnemonic courtesy of First Aid for the USMLE: Step 1

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