What is COMLEX 2 Performance Evaluation (PE)? It is a 1 day exam in which each student encounters 12 standardized patients. For each patient you encounter, you have 14 minutes to complete a history and physical and 9 minutes to type a SOAP note. The day is divided into 3 sets of 4 cases, with … More How to Crush the COMLEX Level 2-PE
If you’re a fan of the Biggest Loser you might be surprised to hear that fitness guru Bob Harper had a heart attack a few weeks ago.
Harper revealed yesterday on the Dr. Oz Show he has elevated lipoprotein A (Lp(a)) This peaked my interest because I too have elevated Lp(a). Despite being in medical school I had heard very little about Lp(a) until I began researching it.
Read on to learn more about Lp(a) and why it is so important for heart health. ❤️ … More Lipoprotein A: What is it? Why does it matter?
Stethoscope: Never leave home without it! As most services require a heart, lung and abdomen exam on every patient, carrying a stethoscope is critical to your physical exam. I purchased a charm from CharMED to easily identify my stethoscope, but other people use tape or a patient ID bracelet to mark it. Side note, I have a … More 10 White Coat Essentials
The countdown is officially on! With 5 of the 6 shelf exams under my belt, only one more shelf exam and 2 board exams stand between me and my 4th year of medical school. I decided to share what resources I used and tips for acing these shelf exams during my 3rd year. My … More A Clinical Shelf Exam Survival Guide
When I was in undergrad, I used to tell myself that everything would get better if I got accepted into medical school. I thought the sacrifices I was making to become a competitive medical school candidate were temporary. All the late nights spent in the library, the parties missed due to having to work overnight … More What I Sacrificed to Become a Doctor
Within 5 minutes of my first day of my neurology rotation, I was given a consult on a 45 year old female who had been drooling for a couple of days. She had gone to the dentist for a tooth implant the week before and ever since she felt like the corner of her mouth … More Breaking Bad News
You’ll quickly realize your pre-clinical years of medical school are like drinking from a fire hose. The shear amount of knowledge you gain in these two years is intense to say the least. In hindsight, I don’t think I made the best of my first two years of medical school. I constantly felt behind and … More How to Succeed in Medical School
What is the USMLE? COMLEX? All United States medical students are required to pass a three-step examination for medical licensure. Allopathic (MD) students are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) whereas Osteopathic (DO) students are required to take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). The purpose of these exams is … More Should I take USMLE Step 1?
When I was a sophomore in high school, I competed on my school’s high kick and jazz dance team. After a fairly uneventful practice I felt a sharp pain shoot through my back as I went to pick up my bag. By the time I hobbled out to my mom’s car I was in tears … More Why I chose to become a D.O.