USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3345

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3345A 46-year-old woman comes to her primary care physician after visiting her optometrist. While being fitted for new glasses, the patient was found to have persistent constriction of her left pupil. After a thorough history and physical examination, x-ray of the chest was ordered, and results are shown in the image.

Disruption of which of the following explains this woman’s symptoms?

A. Cranial nerve II on the left
B. Cranial nerve III on the right
C. First-order sympathetic neuron
D. Second-order (preganglionic) sympathetic neuron
E. Third-order (postganglionic) sympathetic neuron

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What Is A “Good” Third Year Medical Student?

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By Luke Murray

What Is A Good Third Year Medical StudentAt this point in my training, I’ve spent almost a year working with third-year medical students as a physician, someone responsible for “evaluating their performance” on that specific rotation. Actually, I’ve made it a point to spend more time with the students than any other person on the team. I want to make sure they’re getting something out of their educational experience, because I hated being ignored as a third year. Also, now that I’m asked to determine how “good” third year medical students are in order to give them a grade, I want to be able to articulate what a “good” third year medical student is.

After nine or ten months of thinking about it, I had an answer somewhere along the lines of “a student that’s getting better each day and that has a good attitude.”

What do you have to do to get better every day? Pay attention, know what’s going on with your patients, read a lot, give presentations backwards when appropriate…basically everything we’ve already written about in our Wards Survival Series (here and here, for example) as well as in First Aid For The Wards and other resources. But this answer seemed a bit superficial and sounds close enough to circular reasoning to be pretty impotent (i.e. “A good medical student does all the things it says to do in the ‘How to be a good medical student’ books”).

And the “good attitude” thing was just a vague definition within my vague definition. Students that were “good” didn’t all have attitudes that were particularly positive, or optimistic or any other defining trait. They were universally not-negative, but “don’t be negative” seemed to leave enough room in a not-exactly-the-definition-of-good direction that I knew I wasn’t done.

Then I got it down to a word. (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3343

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3343A 42-year-old woman presents to her physician with complaints of unintentional weight loss, increased appetite, and increased sweating. Physical examination reveals a pelvic mass that is very tender. Further workup leads to the removal of an ovarian tumor, a portion of which is shown in the image.

What kind of tumor did this patient have?

A. Krukenburg’s tumor
B. Mature teratoma
C. Ovarian choriocarcinoma
D. Struma ovarii
E. Thecoma-fibroma

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Step 3: Change is Coming

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By Sasmit Sarangi

It is that time of the year again. The time of year that finds many of us looking to schedule our Step 3 exams and complete them before we join residency positions.

There are many advantages to taking your Step 3 exam early, and I will not rehash all of them here. My thinking is that I should try to get it over with as soon as possible while most of the information is still fresh in my mind. This would definitely be easier for me than preparing all over again. There have been some announcements in the last few months about impending changes in several Step exams, and First Aid web team author, Patrick Sylvester, wrote an excellent post on the likely impact of these changes with regard to Step 1. I will be focusing on Step 3 in particular as it can often be neglected.

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