Mnemonics

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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Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk Factors

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By Joe Savarese

Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk FactorsThe other day, while I was procrastinating from studying the intricacies of congestive heart failure, I pulled out my phone to browse social media and news outlets for something exciting (don’t judge, we all are pros at this). I came across an article about famous NBA Miami Heat basketball player, Chris Bosh, who recently suffered a blood clot that travelled to his lungs. While much has not been released about the origin of his blood clots, we know he likely experienced a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that travelled to his lungs causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). Like a good medical student, this brought me back on track to challenge myself regarding the major risk factors of DVTs, as well as common clinical presentation and appropriate work-up.

Let’s start with the risk factors. You may already be familiar with Virchow’s triad (endothelial injury, venous stasis, and hypercoagulability), which serves as the mechanism that puts patients at an increased risk for DVTs. Here is a mnemonic to summarize the key risk factors, appropriately titled CHRIS BOSH. A more detailed list of other risk factors can be found on Medscape’s website (DVT Etiology and Risk Factors). (more…)

Mnemonic Monday: The Krebs Cycle

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By Haley Masterson

Mnemonic courtesy of First Aid for the USMLE: Step 1

Mnemonic Monday – Positions of Heart Auscultation

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By Haley Masterson

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(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.

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Mnemonic Monday: X-linked Recessive Disorders

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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.

HOB
GOLD
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Mnemonic Monday: Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defects

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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.

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Negative Sense Mnemonic

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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…)

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