By Vamsi K. Kancherla
Match week has arrived and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) has kicked it off with “Black Monday.” If you don’t match, you’ll need to make some important decisions. Let’s take a look at the reasons you may not have matched and what you need to do now and over the next year to prepare for the 2013 match.
I enjoy developing web applications using the content management systems (CMS) Drupal and WordPress. Both CMS applications provide scalable architecture on the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL) and are maintained by a tremendous network of developers contributing to enhancing web development.
Self-assessments (or practice tests) can be extremely useful at pretty much any point in the process of studying for the USMLE. Before you start your focused study period, a self-assessment can provide a valuable baseline to guide you as you develop your study schedule (see my most recent post). In the middle of your study period, a self-assessment can give you an idea of how well your approach to studying is working for you. As you get closer to exam day, you may want to take one as a predictor for your performance on the actual exam…though I would caution you not to put too much stock in the score predictions derived from these tests.
By Ravish Amin
The diagnosis of SIRS, sepsis, severe SIRS, severe sepsis, septic shock of an 82 year old diaphoretic nursing home resident presenting with intermittent fever of >36hours,chills, thirst and positive medical history of diabetes, hypertension, COPD with vitals T=39.6, HR=97, BP=138/66, RR=18, O2 sat=93% on room air presents challenges for clinicians. For prompt symptom recognition it is important to know the definitions and diagnostic criteria of SIRS and sepsis, develop common differentials, etiology and take focused H&P to initiate appropriate workups for figuring out whether the cause is sepsis or hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), ventilator-acquired pneumonia (VAP)and/or other infections.
The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in competition for residency positions. Interestingly, there has been a 56% increase in unmatched applicants and a 54% decrease in unfilled positions. This trend has unfortunately led to a very competitive “Scramble,” which statistically fills the majority of the remaining positions within 48 hours of starting Match Week.
The Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) sponsors an annual national competition designed to encourage the development of creative technological innovations with the potential to catalyze and support the improved delivery of medical care. Students from accredited engineering programs submitted ideas for fever differential diagnostic tools, cloud technology for monitoring health failure, a POC allergy diagnostics instrument, and rapid pathogen/microbial testing products.
Mnemonics are an important tool for approaching Gross Anatomy. Here’s one for the diaphragm that will help you not only in orienting yourself in the lab, but also in identifying cross-sectional levels on x-rays in the future.