September 18, 2015 /

An internal medicine topic seen on the USMLE, ABIM boards and in the clinic–Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome–appeared in a Pickles comic strip series last week. In the strip, even though Grandpa is wrong about what TMJ stands for, he is …
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July 2, 2015 /

Earlier this week, New York Times readers found a picture of a menacing barracuda (shown above; credit: Science Source) in the Health section. Nope, it wasn’t regarding the shark-like attacks on swimmers this time of year. Instead, the article was …
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June 4, 2015 /

In medical school, the three multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome types hardly take up a couple of Powerpoint slides during your endocrinology course. During Internal Medicine residency, you may see one case during your three years…if you are lucky. Even …
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May 7, 2015 /

What’s a good predictor of your likelihood of passing the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam? While the research is relatively light in this area, a couple of studies have concluded that your In-Training Examination (ITE) scores can be a predictor …
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March 31, 2015 /

Dementia is an important topic to understand for the USMLE Step 3, ABIM, and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. The following is an excerpt out of Cracking the USMLE Step 3. Dementia Global cognitive decline …
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March 24, 2015 /

Breast Cancer is an important topic to understand for the USMLE Step 3, ABIM, and on other medical exams where internal medicine is a major focus. The following is an excerpt out of Cracking the USMLE Step 3.  Risk factors include: …
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February 19, 2015 /

Not just budding journalists; writer’s life offers lessons to medical students and residents too A rumble spread through the media world last Thursday when, just hours after moderating a panel for The New York Times, the veteran journalist David Carr …
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February 4, 2015 /

It’s not every day you get an email from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) with the subject line: “We got it wrong. We’re sorry.” Yet, that’s precisely the email heading that greeted thousands of ABIM diplomats in their …
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January 3, 2015 /

Last year, I felt like a rising star.  I started my chief year, applied to cardiology fellowship, and was ready to take the boards.  I felt great, studied hard and long and did MKSAP twice.  When I got that I …
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December 8, 2014 /

It wasn’t a Streptococcal infection; it wasn’t allergies; it wasn’t pollutant irritants. Nope, the cause of the President Barack Obama’s persistent sore throat was gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).   On Saturday, December 6, Obama underwent a laryngoscopic procedure to work …
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