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Apgar Video Tutorial

Posted by medliorator on May 26, 2009

5 parameters (appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration), each scored 0,1,or 2 with 10 points possible.

Assigning an Apgar Score to Newborns [WSJ]

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USMLE Exam-Day Checklist

Posted by medliorator on May 18, 2009

1. Map out the route real well the day before. If you can, drive out to the site beforehand. Keep in mind that traffic patterns might be different in the morning.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
7. Wear layers. If it is cold, you’ll be fine. If it is warm, you can peel the layers off. On my day, the room was easily 85 degrees F because the A/C in the building had broken down.
10. If you wear contacts, you might want to consider wearing your eyeglasses instead. Remember, you’re going to be staring at a computer pretty intently for 7 hours.
13. If you really must bring something, try First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, Pharmcards, or some general review sheets.
19. The room itself is filled with only computers, chairs, and test-takers. There are proctors, but they typically sit outside the room, and monitor the examinees view closed-circuit camera.
21. Pack a light lunch, something that does not need any special heating or storage. I think I had a Coke, PB&J, and some fruit. Water would probably be a better choice, but I like Cokes no matter what colas do to my kidneys!
23. If you can, arrange for someone to pick you up after the test. You’ll probably be somewhat fatigued and it’s nice to not have to worry about driving, especially through rush hour traffic.

25 Things You Should Know About Your USMLE Step 1 Exam Day [Scrub Notes]

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Maximize Electronic Qbank Learning for USMLE Step 1

Posted by medliorator on May 4, 2009

Regardless of your study style, the key here is to budget an extra 60 to 90 minutes for each block after you complete it. Don’t just look at your score, but instead, take the time to look at the detailed explanations for each question regardless of whether you got it correct or not! Then, make sure to annotate First Aid for the USMLE Step 1! This is KEY! Doing so diligently every day that you study will give you a comprehensive review guide by the time the your USMLE Step 1 exam date rolls around. Furthermore, if you store tidbits of information in one place, it makes it MUCH easier to look up later.

Kaplan Qbank for USMLE Step 1 Tips [Scrub Notes]

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Pennsylvania’s Plummeting Malpractice Numbers

Posted by medliorator on May 3, 2009

rule changes have dramatically lowered the number of malpractice suits filed in Pennsylvania. There were 1,602 filings last year, a 41% decline from the annual average between 2000 and 2002, before the changes were put in place.

One of the new rules requires a “certificate of merit” from a medical professional, establishing that “the medical procedures in a case fell below applicable standards of care”

Another rule requires cases to be filed in the county where the alleged malpractice took place — an effort to discourage so-called venue shopping, where cases would be filed in counties thought to be sympathetic to plaintiffs.

The number of malpractice cases fell sharply in 2003, when the rules were in place, and have stayed down.

Number of Malpractice Suits Falls 41% in Pennsylvania [WSJ]

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