August 20, 2013 /

Editor’s Note: Anyone who thinks that psychiatry is a distinct field from medicine and thus not covered on the ABIM Internal Medicine Board exam is mistaken. In fact, the ABIM exam blueprint lists Psychiatry as comprising 4% of the exam, …
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August 18, 2013 /

This week’s sample ABIM Exam Review Question comes directly from the Knowmedge QVault which covers topics listed on the ABIM Board Exam blueprint   Question   27-year-old male presents with acute onset of left testicular pain that started this morning. …
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August 11, 2013 /

This week’s sample ABIM Exam Review Question straight from the Knowmedge QVault covers amenorrhea, a topic covered in the endocrinology section of the ABIM Board Exam blueprint   Question   32-year-old female presents to the office for amenorrhea which she …
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August 9, 2013 /

One of the frustrating parts of remembering heart murmurs for the ABIM Internal Medicine exam are the various maneuvers and factors that affect intensity. In today’s post, we present a few words on the impact of premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) …
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August 9, 2013 /

Hirsutism is excessive androgen-dependent body or facial hair that is present in females. Six main causes of hirsutism that can be tested on the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam include: Idiopathic hirsutism Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Ovarian cancer Cushing’s disease …
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August 3, 2013 /

A high-yield piece of data to note on nephrology questions as you prepare for the ABIM Internal Medicine board examination is the presence of urine casts. The type of cast can serve as a helpful hint to identifying the likely …
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August 2, 2013 /

In keeping with the popularity of the high-yield pearls posts from nephrology, I decided to write a post giving you my 5 high-yield infectious disease (ID) pearls, beneficial for your clinical practice and ABIM exam preparation. The purpose of these …
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July 30, 2013 /

When preparing for the ABIM Internal Medicine board examination, realize that noting the reflexes mentioned in a clinical vignette can serve as a high-yield clue and often help narrow down the differential. Here is a list of 15 common medical …
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July 29, 2013 /

This week’s high-yield ABIM Exam Prep post discusses the workup of Cushing’s. At initial glance, it can seem complicated but following a systematic approach makes the diagnosis very simple.   Signs & Symptoms   First of all, let’s identify the …
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July 28, 2013 /

Here’s a practice question directly from Knowmedge’s Internal Medicine Board (ABIM) Exam QVault.   30-year-old male, with a history of tobacco use, presents with lower back pain and stiffness that improves as the day progresses. It also improves with exercise. …
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