Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

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By Mark Ard

In the immortal words of NCAA legend John Wooden, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” When it’s time to hunker down, lay the pedal to the metal, chug coffee, skip showers, and generally do things that compromise your sociability to prepare for Step 1, it’s important to remember how to study. You’ll find great resources here at FirstAidTeam.com, including books, banks, and example schedules, but here’s some tips, adapted for Step 1 from Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #28013

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

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #28013Following the tests, the FDA recommends that the serum cut-off value for the new test be lowered.

If the researchers adopt a lower cut-off, what will be the effect on the number of false negatives and false positives?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

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A Little Ethics, A lot of Strategy

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By Jocelyn Compton

The ethical principles section of Step 1 is perhaps the hardest to anticipate and study due to the vast number of situations and minute variations that could be thrown your way. Many medical students consider these questions “easy points” and fail to recognize them as potential traps. Take a look at this question:

A 15 year old girl presents to the emergency department after a motor vehicle accident. Her heart rate is 130.min, BP is 60/35 mmHg, respiratory rate is 30/min, and oxygen saturation is 94% on face mask. Ultrasonography of the chest indicates fluid in the thoracic cavity. The ED senior resident seeks consent for appropriate treatment from the child’s parents. The child’s parents refuse blood transfusions on the grounds that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses … What should you do?

A. Apply for a court order for blood transfusion

B. Ask to speak to an elder of the family’s faith

C. Consult the ethics board, do not give blood transfusions until a decision is reached

D. Take the patient to surgery and give blood transfusions as needed

E. Take the patient to surgery and do not give blood transfusions as needed

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3210

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3210A 66-year-old man with a history of bilateral carotid artery stenosis presents to the emergency department with neurological symptoms. A complete neurological examination and axial T2-weighted CT suggest the patient has experienced an infarction of the brain region indicated by the crosshatching in the image.

Which of the following symptoms would be expected in this patient?

A. Loss of proprioception, touch, pain, and heat sensation from the left face
B. Loss of proprioception, touch, pain, and heat sensation from the right leg
C. Spastic paralysis of the entire left side of the face
D. Spastic paralysis of the entire right side of the face
E. Spastic paralysis of the lower two-thirds of the left side of the face
F. Spastic paralysis of the lower two-thirds of the right side of the face

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The Crazy Carpals: How to Remember Them All??

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By Molly Lewis

So many wrist bones, so little time- how to remember them all? Try these mnemonics!

There are about a million mnemonics out there for the bones of your wrist (AKA carpals), some with higher moral standards than others :). Here are two to get you started:

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #21237

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #21237A 10-year-old boy with newly diagnosed acute lymphoid leukemia requires placement of a permanent intravenous access device.

Which of the following sets of laboratory values will allow the boy to undergo the procedure safely?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

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