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An Ode to Step 1 and New Things

By Patrick Sylvester In the final stages of Step 1 studying, and not sure what to do? How will you fill the last few days? Question bank? Flashcards? Or perhaps one more pass through First Aid? You could do that. You could also go for a run, or […]

Step 3: Change is Coming

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 […]

Mnemonic Monday: The 5 Hs and 5 Ts of Cardiac Arrest

By Michael Spinner Cardiac arrest, defined by the loss of functional circulation, is a true medical emergency that may rapidly progress to death if not addressed immediately. Emergent stabilizing measures include defibrillation for patients with a “shockable rhythm” (i.e. ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia) and immediate CPR […]

Great Expectations

By Sasmit Sarangi As residents, we are expected to meet and exceed the requirements of our patients, colleagues, and supervisors. After the completion of the Match, and after the euphoria settles down, we are ultimately left with weight of our own expectations. There is a mixture of excitement […]

Step 2 Clinical Skills PROtips

By Jocelyn Compton Step 2 Clinical Skills is the final national examination we take as medical students. It is required for most medical school graduations. According to the USMLE website, “Step 2 CS uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information […]