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FCPS Part 1 Pathology Preparation Guide

By Dr. Sharif Bashir


It wasn't an easy process as the guidelines available for pathology candidates is pretty limited. Before going into study details, must mention one thing: This exam is purely luck based and all you can do is pray.

PREPARATION:

Time period: 2-3 months max.
Start off by doing BRS for physio and pathology. One quick read and then move on to First Aid for everything (including anatomy, physio, biochem, general pharma, micro and special pathology); General Patho from BRS;  High Yield for Embryo (selected chaps only) and Histo from Amir Saleem (Epithelias and glands very imp). For Heamatology, I did Pathoma too with lectures. But primary book is still FA. No need of Goljan or any other book. Just do FA well.
Once on FA, start doing Rabia Ali MCQs unit wise.  Don't panic if you can't answer most of them correctly. It's normal in the first read. Use a couple of good erratas to mark the correct answer on the book.
After going through FA the first time, star…
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By Moeed Ahmed, Unsa Ather, Muhammad Mohsin Ali, Ammar Anwar 

This is a special blog about the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) from students of King Edward Medical University. The blog has no conflicts of interest and is strictly related to healthcare with no political affiliations/conflicts. We thank the Management of Shaukat Khanum Hospital for allowing us to visit their facility and interviewing the CEO and the Chairman.

The second phase of our journey took us to Bani Gala, on a memorable trip none of us had dreamed of. At the behest of Dr. Faisal Sultan, we had been granted some time from the busy schedule of Imran Khan, the pioneer and founder of Shaukat Khanum Hospital. We undertook a memorable road trip, and finally reached Bani Gala just as the sun was setting over the beautiful valley.

We were treated extremely courteously and hospitably by the staff as we waited for Imran Khan. While we were doing so, former Kemcolian and Junoon band m…

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Kemunited Specials: Shaukat Khanum Series (Part 1)

By Moeed Ahmed, Unsa Ather, Muhammad Mohsin Ali, Aneeqa Javed, Ammar Anwar and Ayesha Mushtaq

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Our journey started in the month of Ramazan, 2017, when by special invitation, we got the opportunity to attend the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Annual Fundraiser in Lahore. The event was a wonderfully organized gala, held in the grounds of the Hospital's main building, with the Chairman and Founder of the Hospital Imran Khan gracing the ceremony with his presence. From small kids emptying their piggy banks to well established industrialists contributing lacs, the ceremony was…

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8 Things Every Firstula Should Know

Firstula? You should have heard the word by now; but if you haven’t, don’t scratch your heads crazy about it. It is simply a term for ‘first year’.
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Patiala Block and Pathology Department are your desi Hogwarts.Always dreamt of the majestic Hogwarts castle as a child? Never got your owl? Look no further. Your acceptance letter might have arrived through regular post (or not reached you at all), but King Edward does offer plenty of spots where you can channel your inner Harry Potter. Or Ronald Weasley. Or Hermoine Granger. Or whatever.

DO NOT buy the Dissector. As a firstula, you would almost invariably be lured into buying the entire book list; but I repeat, DO NOT buy the dissector. You would hardly use it once or twice a year (unless you are the over enthusiastic one who plans to do the dissections everyday). (I stopped two first year students from buying the dissector at Zubair last year. Never been more…

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