May 12, 2014 /

  It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Today we focus on Niacin deficiency.   Niacin deficiency is important for clinical practice, and, hence, an important to understand for the ABIM and other medical board exams.   The signs / symptoms of Niacin …
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May 5, 2014 /

It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Depression is an important topic to understand for any medical board exam, including the ABIM exam or USMLE Step exams. Symptoms of depression can be remembered by the mnemonic “A SAD FACES” A = Appetite (Weight Change) S …
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April 28, 2014 /

  It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! In a previously Monday Mnemonic, we discussed the causes of Hypercalcemia. Today we discuss the signs of hypercalcemia Painful Bones – Painful bone condition (Classically osteitis fibrosa cystica) Renal Stones – Kidney Stones (Can ultimately lead to …
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April 21, 2014 /

  It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that, in the early stages, is characterized by mild signs that are often missed. These signs can be remembered by the mnemonic “SMART” S = …
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April 14, 2014 /

  It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Today’s focus is on the secondary causes of hypertension.   Following up on the secondary causes of hypertension blog post from last week, we focus on a medical mnemonic for the same. Secondary causes of …
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April 14, 2014 /

ORLANDO, FLORIDA–As you have noticed following @Knowmedge and @RaviBhatiaMD on Twitter, I had the pleasure of attending the American College of Physicians (ACP) annual conference last week. This is my first ACP conference and I must say that the vast …
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April 7, 2014 /

  It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Hypercalcemia (Elevated calcium levels) is a commonly tested condition on any medical exam board including the internal medicine boards. Often, in mild hypercalcemia, there are no signs or symptoms on the condition. In more severe …
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April 3, 2014 /

Perhaps no topic is as difficult to categorize into the appropriate section of the ABIM Board, NBME Shelf, or USMLE Step exams as is hypertension.   Is elevated blood pressure a topic for General Internal Medicine (we see it more …
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March 31, 2014 /

  Acute Pancreatitis is characterized by an inflammation of the pancreas that appears suddenly and lasts for days. The two main causes of pancreatitis in the US are alcohol intake and gallstones. The major causes of pancreatitis can be remembered …
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March 24, 2014 /

It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday!   Renal Papillary Necrosis is a form of nephropathy characterized by coagulative necrosis of the renal medullary pyramids and papillae.  Causes of Papillary Necrosis can be remembered by the mnemonic “POSTCARDS”. Pyelonephritis Obstruction of the urogenital …
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