February 2, 2014 /

  The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has implemented changes to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. Like the 24 other specialty boards, ABIM will have a 4 Part Process: Part I: Professional standing (licensure) Part II: Lifelong learning …
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February 1, 2014 /

  Internal Medicine Board Review Courses Are you studying for the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam? We’ve touched upon our suggestions for studying for the ABIM exam including a brief overview of the independent internal medicine board review courses.   …
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January 29, 2014 /

USMLE Step 1 Sample Question   The 72-year-old patient had prior elective aortic aneurysm resection but returned to a surgeon with the unusual complaint that both lower legs fell asleep when he had been kneeling on a church bench. Physical …
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January 27, 2014 /

  Kawasaki disease (mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome) is a rare childhood disease that causes inflammation in the walls of small-sized and medium sized arteries. It is most often seen in children under the age of 5 of Asian descent (primarily …
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January 26, 2014 /

MKSAP 16 Books Review   You may have already come across Knowmedge’s coverage of several other ABIM Internal Medicine Board Review books. Today, we explore the “big daddy of them all”—the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP), created by the venerable …
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January 22, 2014 /

A 17-year-old high school student had been recently experiencing visual problems. When questioned by the physician, she mentioned that she had stopped menstruating several months previously. A MRI-scan of her head showed an abnormal mass just inferior to the hypothalamus. …
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January 20, 2014 /

  There are four types of hypersensitivity reactions. Type I is IgE-mediated and occurs very quickly after exposure. It is associated with allergens such as bee stings, peanuts, and certain medications, to name a few. This can lead to a …
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January 15, 2014 /

USMLE Step 1 Practice Question: Pharmacology   To achieve a loading dose of a drug where the volume of distribution of the drug is 35 L and the clearance rate is 70 ml/min, and the desired dose is 3.5 mg/L, …
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January 13, 2014 /

Medical Mnemonic of the Week: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (“Wacky, Wobbly, Wet”)     Patients who present with the triad of urinary incontinence, wide-based gait and dementia are likely to have normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). Symptoms for these patients are often …
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January 8, 2014 /

USMLE STEP 1 Practice Question   Today we start a new feature on the blog with a focus on USMLE Step 1 Practice Questions. Here we have a two part physiology question:   An obese, pregnant, 26-year-old woman was seen …
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