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text to mailing listAs we transition the First Aid Team blog to bigger and better things, we need to inform you that our current system of daily digests as distributed by Feedburner will be discontinued by the end of this month. Our new daily digests will contain more information and present First Aid Team.com posts in a more pleasing way.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3390

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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 #3390A 27-year-old woman presents to her primary care physician complaining of feeling “under the weather” for the past 2 weeks. Her history is remarkable only for previously diagnosed mitral valve prolapse. On examination, her temperature is 37.8°C (100°F). The patient has erythematous palms and painful, small lesions on her finger pads. The results of an ophthalmologic examination are shown in the image.

What is the most likely pathogen causing this woman’s symptoms?

A. Streptococcus agalactiae
B. Streptococcus sanguinis
C. Haemophilus influenzae
D. Staphylococcus aureus
E. Streptococcus pyogenes

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Last Day to Get $100.00 Off a Till You Pass Triple Play Subscription!

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Hurry! Today is the last day to save $100.00 on a Till You Pass subscription to Step 1 Triple Play!

For a limited time, you can get 12 months of USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax, First Aid Flash Facts, and First Aid Express, our Triple Play bundle, for only $299 (that’s a savings of $100 off the regular subscription price of $399)!
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Announcing: Notes Export in Step 1 Qmax!

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We hope you think that USMLE-Rx Qmax products are totally awesome, but we still work night and day to make them better. With that said, we like to keep you up to date on all the significant improvements we incorporate into our online study products.

The latest development in Step 1 Qmax is the Notes Export feature! It’s true. You may now export all the notes you make in Qmax to a Word doc that you may then paste into your First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book, add to your class notes, or just fold into tiny pieces and keep in your pocket.

Screen take notes all commentary

Right now, this feature is only available in Step 1 Qmax, but we’re working hard to add new features to our other online study products as well.

Anything else you want to see in Qmax? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy studying!

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3884

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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 #3884A baby boy was born at 37 weeks’ gestation at home without complication. Three days later, the umbilical stump started oozing blood. In addition, the baby’s last two bowel movements appeared black and were malodorous. The family history is negative for any known bleeding disorders.

Which of the coagulation profiles in the table is most likely for this infant?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

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IMG Friendly States by Specialty

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By Edison Cano

IMG Friendly States by Specialty 1Selecting residency programs is one of the biggest dilemmas International Medical Graduates (IMGs) face every year. Reviewing every program is a very difficult task when you don’t know where to start among the 4,000 programs in the United States. However, knowing which states are more (IMG) friendly for your specialty of interest can help you narrow your search.

The following specialty maps are a synthesis of data from the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.

These maps are meant to represent the “big picture” for IMGs in the US. Each state shows the percentage of residency positions filled by IMG graduates. The colors represent the total number of IMG residents in each state, as indicated by the legend.

Let us know what you think on the comments below!

Having Outlets in Med School: A Step 1 Sonnet

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By Tim Durso

Having Outlets in Med School - My Step 1 SonnetI’ve long since admired a poet’s ability to take an experience and mold it into a relatable and elegant form. I’ve dabbled with my own poetry (which admittedly is rough at best) from time to time as a sort of creative outlet for whenever I’m feeling stressed or bored (a.k.a. throughout med school). I don’t always write them down, but sometimes they help me work through my emotions and release them in a constructive way.

Below I’ve included a sonnet about my experiences leading up to taking Step 1: (more…)

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