DO Corner: Using OMT on Rotations

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By Sean Martin

With COMLEX now behind you, it is time to start learning some clinical medicine. One area in which many osteopathic students have trouble is using OMM in the hospital. Many students are afraid to ask attendings permission to perform simple techniques. So here are a few tips to help you get the ball rolling.

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IMG Perspectives: Common Reasons Why IMGs Do Not Match and How to Ensure A Spot in an American Residency

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By Sarah Wesley

Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that qualified IMG applicants do not match. Having gathered information from fellow international graduates on this topic, some who have succeeded and some who have failed, I have assembled a list of common mistakes people make when applying, only to be disappointed on match day.

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Mnemonic Monday: Antiarrhythmics – Just how do they work?

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Antiarrhythmics how do they workBy Molly Lewis

The antiarrhythmic drugs have always been a challenge for me. In fact, just spelling the word “antiarrhythmic“ correctly is hard enough!

Here a few mnemonics to help you keep them straight!
(And be sure to check out First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book for more mnemonics for the antiarrhythmics!).

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Med School Done Right: The Letter of Recommendation Series – Who to Ask & How to Ask (Family Medicine)

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letterBy Luke Murray

This post is part of a series called “Med School Done Right,” which will look at not just succeeding in medical school in the narrow terms of “getting good grades,” but at shaping the kind of experiences you want to have during these (usually) four very important years of your life.

I’ve already written about how I got MY letters of recommendation, so now let’s look at what I should have done according to the residency directors that read these letters and choose who gets interviewed, and ultimately, who gets in.

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The NBME® is Looking for Students to Help Test the New Step 2 CS Exam Format

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The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed a new way to implement the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. To test the new formats and measurements, the NBME® is looking for students willing to participate in a field trial.

Although you will not be compensated, and you have to pay for your own travel and lodging, you would have an opportunity to “practice a clinical skills examination administered under standard USMLE conditions” at no charge.

You have to have taken and passed the USMLE Step 1 exam and you must be a senior/4th year/6th year student or graduate, but there are certain restrictions.

Find out more about the trial and how to participate by visiting the NBME® website.

IMG Perspectives: When to Take Step 3 as an IMG

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By Sarah Wesley

After finishing my final year of medical school, I had a month off and considered taking the Step 3 in order to “get it over with” before PGY1 year. But after some thought and consulting individuals who had already moved to the U.S., I decided against it. While I do not advocate any specific time frame for taking the Step 3, I do encourage applicants to base their decision on the following considerations: specialty, visa status, specific program, and level of work experience in the U.S. before residency.

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Do Corner: Tips for Tackling the COMAT shelf exams

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By Sean Martin

Congratulations to most of you on finishing the COMLEX Level One exam. But, just when you thought you could take a break from standardized testing, the COMAT exams are right around the corner. The COMAT exams are the osteopathic version of the allopathic shelf exams. While every school uses COMAT scores differently, the goal of this post is to give you some tips for studying and rotations in general.
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