USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3090

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3090A patient has a hematocrit level of 31.2%, a mean corpuscular volume of 76.5 ?m³, and the peripheral blood smear results shown in the image. This patient’s sibling died from hydrops fetalis.

Which of the following is most likely the cause of the patient’s anemia?

A. ?-Thalassemia
B. ?-Thalassemia
C. Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
D. Hereditary elliptocytosis
E. Sickle cell disease

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So you didn’t match … now what? (An IMG Perspective)

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By Fady Akladios

Being unable to secure a residency after an educationally and personally demanding journey of a decade is probably one of the most disheartening experiences any of us can have. However, having that extra year until the next ERAS/NRMP cycle is not an excuse for a much needed vacation. This is a critical time for an IMG to unflinchingly and quickly assess what went wrong, how you can fix it, and if you truly can fix it.

Understand that an IMG will usually not match because he/she did not apply to a good number of programs, to programs seeking applicants like him/herself, or his/her application was simply not competitive enough. This becomes such a dilemma for IMG’s, who end up thinking the solution is blindly applying to 200 or even 300 programs. Applying to 200 programs blindly is not the equivalent  of applying to the right amount programs.

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Pass Pass Pass [Dance (A$$) Med School Parody] – Washington University School of Medicine Class of 2016

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Washington University School of Medicine Class of 2016

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2014 First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Errata Posted!

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We’ve posted the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2014 Edition errata!

The OFFICIAL errata for the 2014 version of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is now posted on our Errata Page.

Remember, you can help us update our errata throughout the year.  If you find an error in the 2014 edition that has not yet been reported, tell us about it.  If you are the first to submit an errata, you may qualify to win a $20.00 Amazon.com gift card.

Please visit the page or click here to download the new errata.

Congrats! You Matched! Now What?

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By Molly Lewis

OK, you can breathe easy- you have a job next year! But you also have less than three months to “get your affairs in order” before the craziness of intern year begins. What do you need to get done before residency orientation begins? Here’s a checklist that should get you started:

 

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Settling the Score: Setting Step 1 Goals

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By Patrick Sylvester

What’s in a score? Would that which we call Step 1,
by any other number, match as well?

Often discussed in private conversation and talked about ad nauseam on forums/blogs is the idea that one often starts the process of studying for the USMLE Step 1 with a particular target score in mind. This idea is usually formed by a general perception of what specialty a student is interested in as well as an expectation that that student has for himself based upon his or her prior academic performance.

Let’s be honest – there’s probably nothing wrong with that. Personally, I think the right attitude exists somewhere between “I have to get X score or else” and “Who cares?”

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some information provided by the NRMP* through their document “Charting Outcomes in the Match, 2011.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3063

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3063A 50-year-old man comes to the physician complaining of abdominal fullness, fatigue, and weight loss. He reports no fever, chills, or night sweats. On examination his abdomen is soft and nontender but mildly distended, with an enlarged spleen. His most recent complete blood count results are:

Hemoglobin: 10.5
Hematocritct: 31%
WBC count: 3200/mm³
Platelet count: 55,000/mm³
The patient’s peripheral blood smear is shown (see image).

Which of the following disease processes is most likely causing this patient’s problems?

A. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
B. Chronic myelogenous leukemia
C. Follicular lymphoma
D. Hairy cell leukemia
E. Mantle cell lymphoma

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