Mnemonic Monday: “HEN PEcKS” – 1st + 2nd Generation Cephalosporins


hen pecks

By Molly Lewis

Learning antibiotics can be quite overwhelming- trade names, generic names, spectrums of activity, side effects, etc.- so many details! To make it a bit more manageable, I used as many mnemonics as I could find or create! Here is one of my favorites.


Video App Review: Case Files Pharmacology


With all the great apps available to help you study, how do you know which one(s) to choose? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out this great video review from First Aid team member, Jaysson Brooks. We include a grade for the app based on our Video Review Grading Scale.

Know of an app you’d like us to review? Share your suggestion in the comments below.

NameCase Files Pharmacology

Mobile Operating System: iOS

Price: 1 free case. $29.99 for full version.

*Grade: A-


*Grading Scale

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Study Maybe ["Call Me Maybe" Med Parody]


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


DO Corner: Should I take the USMLE and COMLEX?


By Sean Martin

As an osteopathic student, the decision to take the USMLE, COMLEX, or both is one of the hardest decisions to make as a second year student. While I wish this post could provide an algorithm to give you the answers, sadly that just does not exist. The decision to take both exams is an extremely personal choice, but I hope to give you some insight to help you make your decision.


Surviving Step One: Creating a Study Schedule


study tipsBy Walter Wiggins

Everyone should have a study schedule when preparing for any of the USMLE Step exams, particularly Step 1. No matter how soon or how long before you take the actual exam, you should take some time to organize your thoughts about how you want to proceed with studying. In general, you should plan to dedicate some amount of time to each of the subjects tested on the exam. However, there are a few things that are helpful to consider when generating a schedule.


Mnemonic Monday: “FEEL My Conjunctivitis” – Kawasaki Disease Mnemonic


By Molly Lewis

Kawasaki disease (AKA mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome) may sound like a rare entity found only in Japan, but it happens more often than you might expect- in the US, 19 children per 100,000 each year! It is a systemic vasculitis that most often affects young kids, and is idiopathic (no known cause). It can be surprisingly difficult to distinguish it from scarlet fever and erythema multiforme. So, here is a helpful mnemonic to remember the criteria for diagnosing Kawasaki’s!


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