CUSHINGOID – Side Effects of Corticosteroids

0

By Michael Spinner

Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed medications used to suppress an overactive and unwanted immune response. This may include suppression of an immune response to innocuous, environmental antigens (allergies or asthma), self-antigens (autoimmunity), and foreign, transplanted antigens (allograft rejection).

While beneficial in reducing inflammation in these conditions, there are numerous pathologic side effects of corticosteroids, which should temper their use when possible. Remember the major side effects of corticosteroids with the mnemonic CUSHINGOID:

(more…)

Join us for a FREE Webinar: First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 by Dr. Tao Le

0

Join us for a FREE Webinar on March 13

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: http://bit.ly/1jLtwCW

 This high-yield talk from Dr. Tao Le, the series editor for First Aid, will cover the basics of the USMLE Step 1 including an overview of the boards, goal setting, high-yield topics in each subject area, study strategies, review resources, and study schedules.

Stay with us after the webinar for a live, interactive Q & A session.

Title: First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 by Dr. Tao Le

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

apamsa webinar

Started From The Bottom – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Class of 2015

1

We love this video from:
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Class of 2015

Got a video you would like us to feature? Let us know by emailing a link to submissions@usmle-rx.com

Getting the Most Out of Your Research Experience

0

By Jocelyn Compton

Getting the Most Out of Your Research ExperienceMore and more, research productivity is becoming a cornerstone of the medical student experience. Dedicated research can shape your future in profound ways. Since this time of year presents deadlines for summer research (such as the NIH T35 research grant) or yearlong opportunities (such as HHMI Medical Scholars) it’s timely to discuss the topic of optimizing your research experience!

1. Know thyself.
This is important in all things, but there are several questions that you should consider asking yourself before approaching a mentor. For example:

Where do you wish to go in your career? Academia, private practice, or business and consulting each lend themselves to a different type of research. This also applies to which specialties you are considering. There are a variety of ways to publish your work, such as case reports, original research, or opinion articles. Each type of publication will carry different value when you’re applying to residencies. Of course, publication in a well-known journal within a field or in a popular journal like Nature will always grab attention.

(more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 2 CK Qmax Challenge #23833

12

Check out today’s Step 2 CK Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it in the comments 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 2 Qmax Challenge #23833A 2-week-old girl is brought to the pediatrician for a well-baby visit. The infant has been well and her mother has no concerns. She was born full term with no complications. Vital signs are stable and her physical examination reveals a happy, healthy child. However, results of ophthalmoscopic examination are shown in the image.

This child’s disease is caused by loss of which of following alleles?

A. Gain-of-function mutation in theras gene
B. Gain-of-function mutation in theRb gene
C. Loss-of-function mutation in thep53 gene
D. Loss-of-function mutation in theras gene
E. Loss-of-function mutation in theRb gene

———————–

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 2 CK test bank. Get more Step 2 CK study help at USMLE-Rx.com.

Tales from the Trail: Mind games in the Match

0

By Walter Wiggins

At the time of this writing, my wife and I are still in the process of finalizing our rank order lists (ROL) for the Main Residency Match. I’ve been done with interviews for a couple of weeks now, so I’ve had a fair amount of time to sort out my gut feelings about the programs I had the privilege of visiting, and, when my gut wasn’t talking, some of the more relevant details of the programs and their respective cities.
In certain forums and between some of my new friends from the trail, there are rumors that “you’re ranked to match (RTM)” and other such “love letters” from programs along with the never-ending debate as to how one should reach out to one’s favorite programs (e.g. Should I tell my #1 that I’m ranking them #1? Should I send a message to other programs in my top 5? If so, when? And what should I tell them? …That I’m ranking them highly?). These thoughts are certainly enough to add a great deal of stress to the already stressful process of designing one’s ROL.

(more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3054

14

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 #3054A 47-year-old man is diagnosed with a slow-growing tumor located in the right frontal lobe of his brain. The tumor is surgically excised and the diagnosis is confirmed with by hematoxylin-eosin staining (see image).

Which of the following is the normal function of the neoplastic cells seen in this histologic image?

A. Myelination of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system
B. Myelination of the central nervous system only
C. Myelination of the peripheral nervous system only
D. Phagocytosis in the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system
E. Phagocytosis in the central nervous system only
F. Phagocytosis in the peripheral nervous system only

———————–

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.

Go to Top