Mnemonic Monday: The Krebs Cycle


By Haley Masterson

Mnemonic courtesy of First Aid for the USMLE: Step 1

Mnemonic Monday – Positions of Heart Auscultation


By Haley Masterson

All Physicians Take Money

(Aortic, Pulmonic, Tricuspid, Mitral)

From left to right across your chest:  A is the right upper sternal border (the second right interspace), P is the left upper sternal border (the second left interspace), T is the left lower sternal border, and M is the apex.


Mnemonic Monday: X-linked Recessive Disorders


By Joe Savarese

In my previous posts involving mnemonics, I stress one main theme: simplicity. (See my posts on QT Intervals or on the GI Tract Plexuses). If a mnemonic is not simple or easy to commit to memory, it simply will do you no good come test day. In my mnemonics, I want every letter to mean something rather than use the first letter of each word in a sentence or a mixture of the two. I believe using acronyms is the best way to emphasize whether or not you are missing components of the mnemonic. (Think you are a pro? Check out the practice question at the bottom of the page!)

So here is my slightly nerdy mnemonic of the day pertaining to The Lord of the Rings and X-linked recessive disorders.

FTW (more…)

Mnemonic Monday: Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defects


By Haley Masterson

This mnemonic has been passed around pediatric residency programs for decades but is rarely mentioned in the medical school setting (which is unfortunate, because it works so well).  You can, however, check it out in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1.


Negative Sense Mnemonic


By Tim Durso

Negative Sense MnemonicIn general, First Aid does a fantastic job of including great mnemonics to help cram a vast amount of medical knowledge into your brain. One concept that I always struggled with was remembering the characteristics of negative sense RNA viruses. Unfortunately, First Aid didn’t include a mnemonic for this, so I took it upon myself to make one for my own benefit.

Drum roll, please…

You give NEGATIVE reviews to a BAD PROF. (more…)

The “O”bnoxious Problem with the TORCHS Mnemonic


By Joe Savarese

The Obnoxious Problem with the TORCHS MnemonicPerhaps my clever title gave away the topic of this post, but my augmented interest in the TORCHS infections (since I started my OB/GYN rotation earlier this week) has encouraged me to create a better mnemonic. First, let me review the classic one. There are multiple versions, but here is one of the most common.

TToxoplasma gondii
HHerpes simplex virus-2 and HIV

If you are a second year student, I understand this mnemonic has been drilled into your head by now. Professors probably refer to it simply as the “TORCHS infections.” My intent is not to alter the traditional mnemonic but to improve the unhelpful “Other” stem part. (more…)

Mnemonic Monday: Fetal Heart Tracings


By Haley Masterson

Reading your first fetal heart tracing can be intimidating, but you will be a pro at interpreting accelerations, early decelerations, variable decelerations, and late decelerations once you read a few hundred of them. Until then, keep this mnemonic close at hand…


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