Step 1 is rough. For those who don't know, Step 1 is one of 4 licensing exams a medical student must pass before being able to legally practice medicine in the U.S. (Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Skills, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, Step 3). My step 1 study plan is on the blog here, but … Continue reading Behind the scenes of Step 1
Did you know? That if a patient has Streptococcus bovis in their blood it is customary to screen them for colon cancer? The bacteria looks kinda pretty in this photo from Cancer Therapy Advisor. Microbiology is one of my favorite topics! Previously scientists stated that 100 trillion bacteria reside in/on our bodies but that 1970s … Continue reading Streptococcus bovis bacteremia and colon cancer
I recently came across a fantastic resource for current developments in medicine. It is a weekly subscription to The Scope, check out one of their short and sweet articles below on the Placebo Effect. Nocebo Just like you feel worse when your friends remind you that you're working Friday night, patients feel worse when they're … Continue reading Placebo Effect
Free pharm flash cards based off of FA 2017: https://www.reddit.com/r/step1/comments/5mygxn/all_new_anki_pharm_deck_based_off_fa_2017/ Cover photo is a free photo from Pexel.com
Hayflick and Moorehead in 1961 observed that non-transformed, embryonic human fibroblasts would only go through a set number of divisions before they arrested growth irreversibly. This is called replicative senescence. This concept has become an interesting phenomena for the fields of aging science and cancer science. This is because long living species have more cumulative … Continue reading Hayflick Limit
You are on your obgyn or family rotation and the resident asks you to calculate the due date for pregnancy. Using Naegele's rule and the first day of the woman's last menstrual cycle follow the steps below: (1) Add one year (2) Subtract three months (3) Add seven dates Example the due date is 18 April 1017. … Continue reading Oh baby! Calculating the due date.
The rod of the Greek god Asclepius, entwined by a serpent, is a symbol of medicine, often confused with Hermes staff (the caduceus). Asclepius was the god of healing and medicine. The symbol has a supposed hidden meaning associated with the Dracunculus medinensis, parasitic nematode that uses the human as a host. The worm is ingested through … Continue reading Rod of Asclepius