Become a First Aid/USMLE-Rx Student Ambassador at Weill Cornell Medical College

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THE FIRST AID TEAM NEEDS YOU!
Do you attend Weill Cornell Medical College?
Would you like to:
  • Earn free stuff worth hundreds of dollars?
  • Help your fellow classmates save $$$ on First Aid/USMLE-Rx products?
  • Help your fellow classmates receive expert board prep info and advice from the First Aid authors?

 

If you answered “Yes” to any (or all) of these questions, then you are ready to become a USMLE-Rx Student Ambassador. Simply click here to apply.

 

What does a Student Ambassador do?

 

  • Student Ambassadors promote First Aid webinars and specials on USMLE-Rx.com by sending e-mail blasts to classmates throughout the school year. We provide the text for the e-mails — all you do is press “SEND” and earn your rewards.

 

Click Here to Apply Now!

Becoming A Perfect 3rd Year Student: Avoid Distractions

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By Luke Murray

Becoming A Perfect 3rd Year Student Part 3 Avoid DistractionsIn my last couple of posts, I’ve argued that all you have to do to be a “good” third year medical student is be “engaged.” In order to make this insight more actionable, I described the biggest source of disengagement for me (not accepting my circumstances and calibrating my expectations) and what I wish I would have done about it.

In this post, I’ll cover the second category of reasons I would often “check out” while on the wards and how I was able to fix it:

Even if you’ve accepted the fact that you’re going to be ignored by the team for 97% of the day, you will be tempted to do something besides be bored. Perhaps it’s texting your friends, or browsing your favorite website, or playing CandyCrush on your iPad. You know you’re not supposed to be doing these things, but when you’re dying of thirst, it may be too difficult to expect yourself to ignore the wellspring of distraction vibrating in your pocket. (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3394

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3394A family requests an autopsy after the death of their 70-year-old father. He was a nonsmoker, never drank alcohol, and until his retirement 5 years ago, had never missed a day of work at the shipyards. A Prussian blue stain of lung tissue is shown in the image.

What additional pathology may be uncovered during the autopsy?

A. Black scars in the lungs, as well as progressive massive fibrosis
B. Hemorrhagic pleural effusions
C. Irregular black patches of the lung on gross inspection
D. Keratin pearls and intercellular bridges
E. Noncaseating epitheliod granulomas

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Napkin Drawings Episode 1: Frank Starling and PV Curves

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By Mark Ard

Welcome to a new type of mnemonics I like to call “napkin drawings.” This term describes diagrams that literally look like they were drawn on a napkin, devoid of proper axis labeling. They serve to highlight a few key concepts without getting bogged down in the details. Mine are drawn on Penultimate, but you should be able to copy them to your study resources (once you understand them!).

Let’s start with one of those simple on the surface concepts that the USMLE asks 101 different ways – Frank Starling and PV Curves. (more…)

Avoiding Disengagement: Accept Circumstances and Calibrate Expectations

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By Luke Murray

Avoiding DisengagementIn my last post, I talked about what defined a good third-year medical student. In a word, they are: “engaged.”

If you’re “engaged” as a third year student, you’re constantly improving and your attitude is appropriate, which are pretty much all that matters (that you can control) when it’s time for those that are grading you to do their evaluations.

But engagement is a nebulous concept. And even if we did successfully define it, turning this definition into action items that are clear and universally applicable would be tough.

However, posing the same goal in the negative, “how to avoid being disengaged,” does seem to lend itself to a more actionable approach.

For example, part of being engaged is paying attention. But saying, “pay attention” isn’t really useful. Identifying why you aren’t paying attention and coming up with a strategy to avoid it would be useful.

So, as I’ve thought about my third year of medical school and all the reasons I would end up unplugging from the experience, three categories began to emerge. I’ll talk about the first (and most important) one below along with the strategies I used (or wish I’d used) to avoid them. (more…)

Become a First Aid Teaching Instructor!

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wewantyousmall First Aid Express is an online video course created by the Authors of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, the world’s best-selling medical review book. It has been used by thousands of students, and we hope that it has been an essential component of your USMLE prep.

We are currently recruiting dynamic, entertaining Instructors to create high-yield First Aid talks, and we want you to apply.

Instructors will work directly with First Aid Express Course Directors to revise and develop creative, dynamic, high-yield talks based on feedback from students and IMGs. This is a great way to maintain and broaden your USMLE knowledge.

You will receive faculty speaker credit, a stipend, and a subscription to the USMLE-Rx test bank of your choice. Successful instructors will also have the opportunity to participate as authors or editors on future revisions of other First Aid/USMLE-Rx publications — such as First Aid for the USMLE Step 1.

Click here to apply.

Please apply no later than September 30, 2014. Contact us at info@usmlerx.com if you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest, and we hope to hear from you soon. Come and be part of an awesome team!

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3390

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3390A 27-year-old woman presents to her primary care physician complaining of feeling “under the weather” for the past 2 weeks. Her history is remarkable only for previously diagnosed mitral valve prolapse. On examination, her temperature is 37.8°C (100°F). The patient has erythematous palms and painful, small lesions on her finger pads. The results of an ophthalmologic examination are shown in the image.

What is the most likely pathogen causing this woman’s symptoms?

A. Group B streptococcus
B. Haemophilus influenzae
C. Staphylococcus aureus
D. Streptococcus pyogenes
E. Streptococcus viridans

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Want to know the ‘bottom line?’ Purchase a USMLE-Rx Subscription and get many more features, more questions, and passages from First Aid, including images, references, and other facts relevant to this question.

This practice question is an actual question from the USMLE-Rx Step 1 test bank. For more USMLE Step 1 prep, subscribe to our Flash Facts and Step 1 Express video series. Score the best deal on all three products with a Step 1 Triple Play Bundle.

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