Nov 15 2011

The Short White Coat Syndrome

I recently had an article published on kevinmd.com on the topic of the Short White Coat Syndrome, spelling out how the attire of the medical student can sometimes single us out and make us feel self-conscious, but ultimately contributes to our success at becoming a doctor. To read the full article, check it out here. …

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Nov 12 2011

Wells Criteria for Probability of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Mnemonic

This is a mnemonic I created for the seven criteria involved with calculating the Wells Score for pulmonary embolism (PE). The Wells Score correlates with the probability that a given patient has a pulmonary embolism. The mnemonic is: Don’t die, tell the team to calculate criteria! The first letters in the saying correspond to a …

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Nov 09 2011

Top 5 Indications for a CT Scan of the Head Without Contrast

There are five main categories that a CT (CAT) scan of the head without contrast can view well. They are listed below: – Hemorrhage – Sinuses – Midline shift – Bones – Ventricles/Empty space Of course these structures are visualized on other imaging modalities, but a CT without contrast is able to see them particularly …

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Nov 08 2011

Lewy Body Dementia and Pick’s Disease Mnemonic

Here’s a quick mnemonic for some of the distinguishing features of Lewy Body Dementia and Pick’s Disease: Lewy Body Dementia has “halLEWYcinations” (hallucinations) Pick’s Disease has Personality changes Pick’s Disease is also known as frontotemporal dementia, because it affects the frontal and temporal lobes (obviously). But if you remember the mnemonic, you can easily remember …

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Nov 07 2011

Light’s Criteria Mnemonic

Here is my attempt at a mnemonic for Light’s Criteria. I seem to have trouble memorizing this for some reason. It’s not perfect, but hopefully will be of help. On a side note, if you want to memorize it, just try to come up with a mnemonic for it and you will probably have it …

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Nov 06 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: The Antithyroid Drugs PTU and Methimazole

The first entry in a series of selected topics taken from my personal experience of questions I was asked during the week. The first topic is about two antithyroid drugs, propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole. I was asked about the mechanism of action of these drugs and their use in pregnancy. These drugs are used to …

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Nov 05 2011

Medical Pimping… Is it Necessary?

The word “pimping” has a very different meaning in the medical profession. It refers to the situation where a senior member of the medical team asks a question (or questions) to a junior member. For example, an attending physician asks questions to a resident or medical student and is therefore “pimping” him/her. As a medical …

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Nov 04 2011

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Mnemonic

Mnemonic for the diagnostic criteria of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS): Acute onset (less than 24 hours) Ratio (PaO2/FiO2 ≤ 200) Diffuse infiltrates (on chest x-ray) Swan-Ganz catheter (to measure pulmonary capillary wedge pressure [PCWP] < 18) Reference: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.” Pocket Medicine. Ed. Marc S. Sabatine. Fourth ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011. …

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Nov 04 2011

Personal Finance for Medical Students and Residents…Where to Begin

When I ask medical students and residents about personal finance they seem to know little on the subject. It’s not surprising how it falls down the list of priorities behind studying for tests and boards, filling out residency applications, setting up rotations, and trying to find some time to relax. It’s a tough subject to …

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