January 6, 2014 /

Medical Mnemonic of the Week: Rheumatic Fever (“JONES CAFE PAL”)     Rheumatic fever occurs after a streptococcal infection (usually caused by Group A Beta-Hemolytic Strep (GABHS)). It is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints, skin, heart and brain. …
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December 30, 2013 /

The John Hopkins Internal Medicine Board Review   Publication Date: April 25, 2012   Editors: Bimal H. Ashar, Redonda G. Miller, Stephen D. Sisson   Overview:   The John Hopkins Internal Medicine Board Review, 4th edition book, published by Elsevier, …
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December 27, 2013 /

  The Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Internal Medicine   Publication Date: April 9, 2009   Editor: James K Stoller, Franklin Michota Jr, Brian Mandell   Overview:   The Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Internal Medicine, 5th edition book, published …
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December 25, 2013 /

  Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Board Review   The Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Board Review, 10th edition book, published by Oxford University Press, was developed as a comprehensive review guide specifically for those preparing for the ABIM Internal Medicine Board …
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November 13, 2013 /

The NBME Internal Medicine Shelf Exam is challenging especially from the standpoint that it occurs during your internal medicine clerkship – a period that you are likely spending a lot of time at the hospital. This means whatever precious time …
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September 20, 2013 /

  I like the term cartoonist Hilary Price coined: “Pretendicitis.” However, the technical term Somatic Symptom Disorder (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) stopped using the older term, Somatoform disorders) refers to the group of diagnoses in …
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September 8, 2013 /

The clever comic strip “Rhymes with Orange” from the September 5, 2013 funny pages mentions Alzheimer’s, a disease found in the Neurology and General Internal Medicine sections of the ABIM Internal Medicine Exam blueprint:     Here, we provide you …
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September 3, 2013 /

Just in time for Knowmedge’s ABIM Neurology Week, the makers of one of the most widely used headache pain relievers, made an important announcement late last week.     The familiar Tylenol bottles lining the analgesia and cold/flu aisles of …
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July 6, 2013 /

Specific organisms are a significant part of the Infectious Diseases portion of the Internal Medicine (ABIM) board exam syllabus. Below we review Listeria monocytogenes by examining the recent outbreak and subsequent recall of infected cheese.     In late summer …
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June 16, 2013 /

  Remember learning about dogaracts during med school? Neither do I. But let’s take a minute to review cataracts, which are opacities or a clouding of the ocular lens. Worldwide, they represent the leading cause of blindness. In the US, …
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