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What To Do After Low USMLE Score?

For applicants seeking to match into a competitive specialty, it can be challenging.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for programs to receive over 100 applications for a single residency position.  To sort through that many applications, many programs use filters. One type of filter is a USMLE “cut-off” score:  applicants…

Preparing for USMLE in 2021 Pandemic!

I came from Malaysia dreaming of completing my residency in the U.S. and becoming a nephrologist. Luckily, I interviewed for programs before COVID-19 shook the world, and I began my residency at Yale University Bridgeport Hospital in June 2020. Having just reached my target score for the United States Medical…

Medical Student Introduction to Heart Murmurs

A heart murmur is a sound produced due to turbulent blood flow within the heart. Heart murmurs are heard by auscultation with a stethoscope as part of the cardiovascular examination.  The cardiac cycle The cardiac cycle refers to a series of physiological events making up a single heartbeat. The cycle involves contraction (systole) and relaxation…

What is Medical Clerking?

As a junior doctor, you will spend a lot of time writing out history and examination findings, so getting to grips with the basics of documentation is essential. This guide will help you decipher all the symbols, diagrams and shorthand you’re likely to come across when reading patients notes, and…

Tips for New Medical Students

If you’re a new medical student, major congratulations on achieving this huge milestone, which you should be extremely proud of and grateful for. Now it’s time to begin the work that will take you to the promised DO land. After finishing my first and second years of medical school, I…

USMLE Books

What are the recommended USMLE books? – USMLE Step 1 Books: – USMLE Step 2 Books: – USMLE Step 2 CK Books: USMLE Step 2 CS Books: – USMLE Step 3 Books: Those are the best and most recommended USMLE books. Regards, FreeMedicalMCQs.com

How to Write C.V. for Medical Students

Generally, your curriculum vitae (C.V.) is the first contact you may have with a prospective program director. Therefore, you would surely want a C.V. that does more than simply impart information about your personal history, and educational and professional qualifications and achievements. Strive for a CV that establishes a favorable…

Thyroid Functions for Medical Students

Introduction Thyrotoxicosis is the clinical manifestation of excess thyroid hormone action at the tissue level due to inappropriately high circulating thyroid hormone concentrations. Hyperthyroidism is a subset of thyrotoxicosis, referring specifically to excess thyroid hormone synthesis and secretion by the thyroid gland.  The most common cause of thyrotoxicosis is Grave’s disease, an autoimmune…

How to read CTG

What is cardiotocography? Cardiotocography (CTG) is used during pregnancy to monitor fetal heart rate and uterine contractions. It is most commonly used in the third trimester and its purpose is to monitor fetal well-being and allow early detection of fetal distress. An abnormal CTG may indicate the need for further investigations…

Statistics for Medical Students

Statistics is something that many medical students struggle with. This is often not a problem until you undertake a research project or an intercalated degree when you suddenly realise how useful just a little knowledge on the subject can be. This article is going to summarise the most important statistical measures…

USMLE

What is USMLE? and how to prepare for it!

USMLE is The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Physicians with an MD degree are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in…

Local Anesthetic

Calculate Maximum Dose of Local Anesthetic

Local anesthetics produce anesthesia by inhibiting excitation of nerve endings or by blocking conduction in peripheral nerves. Cocaine, a compound indigenous to the Andes Mountains, West Indies, and Java, was the first anesthetic to be discovered and is the only naturally occurring local anesthetic; all others are synthetically derived. Cocaine was…

QRS Complex

ECG Interpretation and How to Read ECG

During this topic, we’ll learn about many different aspects of ECG interpretation. We’ll cover the following topics, in regards to how to read ECG: ECG Fundamentals Rhythm Interpretation ECG Interpretation. In this section of the course, we’ll cover the basics of how an ECG works. We’ll learn about: ECG –…

Chest X-Ray

How to Read Chest X-Ray

Chest X-Ray is The most frequently requested imaging, in this topic we will review how to interpret a chest x-ray using basic principles. Every physician and medical student should know how to read chest x-ray In this topic we will focus on: Normal chest x-ray findings and variants. Systematic approach…