Mnemonic Monday: Road Trip!!- Three Mnemonics for the Facial Nerve


By Molly Lewis

Anatomy has always been one of my favorite subjects, and I love using mnemonics to remember all the details! Here are three mnemonics for the facial nerve that I found really helpful.


Med School Done Right: Avoiding Post-Exam Regret


By 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.

We all know the feeling. You get a test back, and the score is lower than you were expecting (or hoping) it would be. You go through the stages of mourning: fear, denial, anger, sadness, acceptance, etc. Sometimes these emotions happen in a flash. Other times, they may take weeks to get through. But we all spend at least some time feeling a bit of regret. The thought process is some version of “I could have done better” followed by a form of emotional or psychological self-flagellation.


Med School’s So Hard ["In Paris" Med Parody]


We love this video from:
University of Maryland School of Medicine 2015
Freshman Follies (5/21/12)


For IMGs: Tips for IMGs During Sub-Internships in the U.S.


By Sarah Wesley

Once you have endured the hassle of arranging a sub-internship, buying plane tickets, and obtaining housing, traveler’s insurance, the works, you may find yourself having a moment of panic as you realize that the only thing you know about the workings of American hospitals is what you garnered from watching Greys Anatomy, ER, and Scrubs.

Before you begin to hyperventilate and perhaps even syncopize, take a deep breath and be assured that this is the plight of the majority of international medical students who find themselves attempting to navigate a foreign medical system. This article is meant to preempt some of your questions, the same questions I had, and to provide tips to ease the transition.


First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Casebook – A newborn boy with apparent birth defects


A newborn boy is found to have an increased head circumference, macroglossia, an umbilical hernia, lethargy, and a hoarse cry. The mother has no significant past medical history, takes no medications, and received adequate prenatal care. His serum thyroxine (T4) concentration is ~50% that of normal infants.


First Aid / USMLE-Rx is Growing. 10,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook!


Thank you for ‘liking’ us! So far, it’s been an exciting new year for us. The 2013 edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 was released to great reviews, and we’ve reached 10,000 likes on Facebook! If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook to get daily challenge Q&A, links to our First Aid Team blog posts, updates on news relevant to you as a med student, and much, much more!

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Thanks again for liking us, and we’re happy to have you as part of the First Aid / USMLE-Rx community!

Surviving Step 1: Time to Buy the New Edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1


2013 Step 1By Walter Wiggins

To 1st years, now is a great time to pick up a copy of the 2013 edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 if you haven’t already (it’s on sale right now at!). The best piece of advice I have for you is to really learn the material the first time around. First Aid is the ultimate guide to high-yield concepts covered in each subject area of Step 1. With it, you can easily identify those concepts during the first 2 years that merit special attention, so that you’re truly reviewing the material when it comes time for your dedicated study period…and not relearning it.

To 2nd years, when it comes time for your dedicated study period, First Aid can help you identify high-yield concepts for each subject on which to focus your efforts. Already have a copy? Make sure it’s the 2013 edition. The last thing you want is to put a ton of effort into studying out-of-date material.


Here are some resources that you may need to help you prepare for the Step 1 exam:
USMLE website:
NBME Application Service for Step 1 & 2:
First Aid for USMLE Step 1 (2013 edition) on Amazon:

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