Six Ways to Ensure Success Before Third Year

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By Joe Savarese

Six Ways to Ensure Success Before Third YearHave you taken Step 1 yet? No? Okay, well stop procrastinating, save this post for the future, and go study!

For the rest of you who have survived Step 1, welcome to the clinical years. This is the point in your life that you have been waiting for. Remember that time you turned to your study partner and said, “I just cannot wait until I am actually seeing patients”? Well the moment has finally come. As I finish my last week of third year, I took some time to reflect on lessons I wish I would have known before the year started.

1. Straighten up your personal life.

I cannot over stress this. For the past few months, you likely buried yourself in a hole in the library studying for Step 1 and making frequent Chipotle runs. Your family and your friends are probably wondering if your cell phone still receives calls or texts. Reach out to them and ask them about their life. Do not sit there and complain about how many hours you poured into some test, just enjoy your time with them. They will appreciate the effort and will be there to support you in the future. (more…)

Mnemonic Monday: PMS, Angry Ladies, and the External Carotid Artery

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By Molly Lewis

We’ve all had mini “anatomy panic attacks.” Maybe you’re in an anatomy practical and have only 30 seconds to identify the flagged structure, or maybe you’re in the OR and your attending asks: “What’s this?” Regardless of the situation, using mnemonics to remember anatomy can turn panic into confidence!

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3952

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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 #3952A man is brought to the emergency department following a bar fight and is treated for a deep laceration on his left cheek. On physical examination, there is no jaw deviation. He is able to blink, close his eyes tightly, wrinkle his forehead, and move his tongue symmetrically. Sensation throughout the face is intact. However, on closer inspection, the left corner of his mouth droops.

Using the image as a guide, through which of the following cranial structures does the damaged nerve pass?

A. Foramen magnum
B. Foramen ovale
C. Hypoglossal canal
D. Jugular foramen
E. Stylomastoid foramen

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Announcing the One App to Rule them All! Get Qmax on iTunes!

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Giftest2You can now access all of your Qmax subscriptions from one FREE iOS app.

The USMLE-Rx app, now available on iTunes, gives you on-the-go access to your Step 1 Qmax, Step 2 Qmax, and Step 3 Qmax subscriptions, all in one app.

Simply engage the drawer to access the Qmax menu.

Get it now!

Check out new features and bug fixes below:

With Qmax:

  • All your tests sync to the cloud for immediate access on any computer
  • Quiz yourself in multiple test modes with different question types
  • Get detailed performance stats by organ system and discipline
  • Review, annotate, and/or delete completed tests
  • The only app created and approved by First Aid authors.

New Features:

  • Added Step 2 Qmax and Step 3 Qmax to a drawer to enable quick access to your subscriptions
  • Added a Contact Us button in the app selection drawer
  • Added all available app icons to login screen
  • Added return to test list after creating test

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue with HTML tables not displaying correctly
  • Fixed issue with not being able to close lab values on iPhone 4s
  • Changed distractor strike out to happen on click instead of swipe
  • Corrected pie chart direction
  • Fixed issue with selecting an app and it not persisting after leaving app
  • Check for disciplines being null after switching apps
  • Fixed issue with red notes badge being cut off
  • Fixed issue with diff max questions per step
  • Fixed copy in create test confirmation
  • Fixed lab values crash error

 

Requires a valid USMLE-Rx Qmax subscription.

Android app coming soon!

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3911

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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 #3911A full-term baby is born to a 26-year-old woman who did not seek medical care during her pregnancy. The baby does well initially, but develops red eyes with purulent discharge on day 13. The responsible organism from a special cell culture is is shown in the image.

The infectious agent most likely responsible for this baby’s condition is also involved in the pathogenesis of which neonatal disease?

A. Cervicitis
B. Meningitis
C. Pelvic inflammatory disease
D. Pneumonia
E. Urethritis
F. Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

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Patch Adams’ Advice to Medical Students

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By Luke Murray

Patch Adams Advice to Medical StudentsI was at a conference for premedical students a few months ago, and Patch Adams was there giving both the keynote speech along with several workshops. After the conference, 40 or so attendees gathered around him on the lawn, peppering him with questions. Finally, one particularly astute premedical student asked him the question:

“If you could tell only one thing to pre-medical and medical school students, what would it be?” (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3905

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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 #3905A previously healthy 41-year-old man misses several days of work as a result of a viral illness with symptoms including fever, headache, and fatigue. He also experiences a nonproductive cough and a sore throat. By the third day, his symptoms begin to subside and he is able to return to work. The next week, however, he experiences a rapid relapse. His cough returns, but now it is a productive cough with mucopurulent sputum. He also begins to experience pleuritic chest pain. On visiting a physician, x-ray of the chest is ordered and is shown in the image.

Which of the following describes the structure of the viral genome that most likely caused his initial illness?

A. Enveloped, double-stranded DNA
B. Enveloped, nonsegmented, single-stranded RNA
C. Enveloped, segmented, single-stranded RNA
D. Non-enveloped, nonsegmented, double-stranded RNA
E. Non-enveloped, nonsegmented, single-stranded RNA

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