By Molly Lewis This mnemonic comes courtesy of a firstaidteam.com follower: Isaac Dodd (Howard University College of Medicine, MS2) – thank you so much for your contribution! Here’s a way to remember what increases the tone of arterioles, therefore increasing peripheral vascular resistance (PVR), and therefore increasing diastolic […]
By Michael Spinner Hyperkalemia is one of the most important and frequently encountered electrolyte abnormalities. Today’s post is intended to serve as a review of the most common causes of hyperkalemia and the approach to management of this electrolyte abnormality, both acutely and chronically.
By Molly Lewis Rifampin (RIF)– an older antibiotic still used as part of the medical management of tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, meningitis carriers, etc. It is rarely used alone, but is helpful in drug combinations. It is bactericidal, and acts by inhibiting RNA polymerase (see specifics below). Unfortunately, Rifampin has […]
By Michael A. Spinner As a third-year medical student on the wards, one of the most important skills to develop is learning how to generate a thorough differential diagnosis for a wide variety of clinical problems. The correct diagnosis is not always clear-cut, and it is thus essential […]
By Molly Lewis I’m about to start a pediatric orthopedics rotation, so here is a pediatric orthopedic mnemonic. This mnemonic actually applies as much to pediatricians as to pediatric orthopedic surgeons, since pediatricians are the doctors who do the majority of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) screening!
By Molly Lewis I don’t know many people who don’t like ice cream, but I do know quite a few who aren’t so fond of anatomy. Upper and lower extremity anatomy can be especially hard to remember, with lots of muscles grouped into lots of compartments. Here are […]
By Molly Lewis Cancer- the big “C” word that no patient wants to hear. What could be worse? The big M word: Metastasis! Cancer can start in the kidneys and spread to the bone, start in the colon and spread to the brain, start in the pancreas and […]
Check out this great mnemonic collage from Fizzy. Can you guess what each one means?
By Haley Masterson Have you ever struggled to remember the important actions of the trochlear, abducens, and oculomotor nerves? If so, struggle no longer – here’s a mnemonic to make your Monday a little easier. SALT ME DOWN: Six Abducts Laterally, Trochlear acts Medially Down. The oculomotor nerve […]
By Molly Lewis In my previous antiarrhythmic post, I gave you two mnemonics to help you remember the mechanisms of action of each of the antiarrhythmic classes. Now, while I still can’t spell the word “antiarrhythmic” (yay for spell check!), let’s see if I can help you remember […]