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Welcome to KemUnited! The official blog of King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan. (Formerly King Edward Medical College). Of the students, by the students and for the students! It focuses on news/events/happenings around the campus and provides guidance articles, past-papers and study-aids.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lecture Slides; Gynaecology; Infertility

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lecture Slides: Medicine; Epilepsy

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Lecture Slides: Medicine; Upper GI Bleed

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Behind The Curtains - With Salman Ahmad [Interview]

Dr. Salman Ahmad
by Moeed Ahmed
Taroob Latef, Laiba Khalid, Unsa Athar, M. Junaid Alvi

Master of All Trades, Jack of None
Doctor. Guitarist. Singer. Author. Teacher. Cricketer. Actor. Ambassador. Salman Ahmad has done much and proven more.

Graduate of King Edward (1988) with a “junoon” for music like no other, Salman Ahmad loved Physiology, hated Forensic, used to captain the King Edward cricket team, formed a band at KE “The Doctors’ League” and has almost single-handedly begun the trend of Sufi music in the current era.

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As spontaneous in his wit as he is eccentric in his appearance, Salman Ahmad sent the entire team into peals of laughter with anecdotes from his prof exams, some on record and many off it :P

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Lecture Slides: Pediatrics; Bleeding disorder

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Lecture Slides: Surgery; Acute Limb Ischemia

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Lecture Slides: Surgery; AMPUTATION

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Lecture Slides: Gynaecology; Antepartum Fetal Surveillance

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USMLE Step 1 During Final Year - Experience by Sibgha Gull

Material used: Annotated FA, Online Uworld for 2Mo
Step1 score: 233 (Exam on June 4 2015)

By the blessings of Almighty Allah I am here to share my Step1 experience. I started first read after my 3rd year professional exam in January 2014. I directly read an annotated FA without ever reading the Kaplan. Starting with microbiology I completed it in almost one month duration, then another month for neurology. After that I started system wise, as I have to do pathology for the first time so I used to read a unit (say CVS) from Goljan and then doing complete FA (anatomy,physio,pharma,patho) for that unit. I did all units like this and completed my first read in end May. This first read did not include biochemistry and Behavioural science/Psychiatry. During this time I was skipping my wards giving ward tests only and attending only those lectures where proxy was not an option. This was not a continuous read, being interrupted by many small breaks for university and home events.

After this I put all my step stuff back in cupboard until December ’14.I got back to my routine of wards and started studying for prof. Started it once again in end December after written exams as there was an appreciable gap between vivas, this second read got completed by Feb 10, still I was unable to do biochemistry which I planned to cover by UW. I took 2 months subscription for online UW starting from 14 February and ending on 13 April. I had decided not to attend final year classes until I’m done with exam. I used to solve 3 blocks in two days along with their explanations; during this I marked wrong questions and those that I got right by chance. After completing it once, I gave another round to all my marked questions. Now it was time for me to give an NBME, took NBME 17 on 14 April; scored 230, this was followed by a break of 22 days during which I got Nikahified :P

Time has come to give this step1 journey an ending, confirmed exam date for June 11. Started my full and final last revision on May 8; I revised FA along with the UW notes by May 29, during this revision I preponed exam date to June 4 as I wanted this torture to end ASAP. During last 5 days my plan was to give 2 UW self-assessment forms (1&2), read the explanations of wrong answers and practice the Fred software; scored 230 and 240 in forms 1&2 respectively.

Last day before exam I did not read at all, prayed and got my stuff ready for exam day. Food I was taking for exam day included  chocolates, dates, redbull, kababs, juices, bananas and medicines (synflex, motillium). Took half zolpidem at 6:30pm and by 7 I was asleep, it was a peaceful sleep till 5am.

Exam day: Woke up at 5am, got fresh and prayed, did breakfast, took one synflex tab and left for prometric centre.
They let me inside the centre at 8:15,my exam started on 8:45.I skipped tutorial after mic testing, took a 3min break after 1st block but did not leave exam room and 5 min after 2nd.I took another synflex after 4th block and took 10 -12 min breaks in last 4 blocks. I was eating some chocolate, dates and red bull in every break and had proper meal (kababs n bananas) after 4th block. And Alhamdulillah it ended smoothly, starting as Sibgha Gull, I ended all this as being Sibgha Umair  ☺

This is a journey of continuous determination and struggle. But if you are determined you will achieve it. And once you get the results you will forget all the struggle and hardships.
" Determination is simply NOT GIVING UP. No matter how hard things get or how badly you just want to give up ! You should keep on going ! "
Best of luck!
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What is to be done ?

by Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi

"Hum saada hi aisay thay, ki yuN hi pazeerai
Jis baar khizaaN aai, samjhay k bahaar aai"
(Such simple souls we were, we welcomed it the same way/
Every time the fall came, we felt spring had come)

So wrote Faiz Ahmed Faiz about another time and another place and his words ring just as true today as they did when he wrote these lines many decades ago.

A few days ago, in Islamabad, during a conversation with a highly placed education official, we discussed the condition of our society and he said something interesting: "Dr. sahib, iss qaum ka khameer hi kuch aur hai" (Dr. sahib, this nation's essence is distorted). Although originally from KPK, this man had lived and worked in the USA for over twenty years and had come back to Pakistan for the same reason all of us did: we felt the pain of this nation and its people and we felt like traitors for abandoning our motherland in the hour of its greatest need. Faiz had felt the same way and although he travelled all over the world, he always came back home even though his reward was often arrest and imprisonment.
I asked my companion the obvious question: if the essence of our nation is distorted, then what are people like us doing here? His answer was very revealing "Dr. sahib, 100 years ago, America was in worse shape than us. You've seen the movies of the Wild West, haven't you? It took them a long time to get where they are and it was the hard work and dedication of honest people that built a nation. Everyone remembers Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson but there were millions of other people whose names no one remembers who played their part".

Faiz said something similar in an interview "...up till 1947 there was no Pakistani nation. Because there was no country, there was no nation. There were two ideas that existed at the time: First were the Muslims of India who called themselves a nation, but that included the Muslims of both Pakistan and India, and hence it was not a Pakistani nation. Second, people identified with whatever places they lived in, such as Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Pathan etc. Obviously a Pakistani nation had not been created then. Since there was no Pakistan, there could not be a Pakistani nation. When Pakistan was created, we only had the raw materials for a Pakistani nation. A nation evolves over centuries; nations are not born fully developed. So our first task was to establish the details of our nationality, its definition, its destiny, (but we never did). The result is that even after (all this time) the debate is still going on about what is and is not a Pakistani identity. In my view a Pakistani identity is very clear. The people who live in Pakistan are the Pakistani nation. This includes Punjabi, Balochi, Sindhi, all those who live here. Now the issue is to create a bond and a complete sense of national identity in the various types of people that live here, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi etc "

Today, we stand at a cross roads. The demands of Science and modernity are pulling us in one direction while the weight of our past traditions pushes us in another. The difference of opinion about which route we should take is becoming ever sharper and in some cases deadlier.

Clearly, going back in time to the stone age, abandoning all the advances of science and technology and cutting ourselves off from the rest of the world is not an option. It never was. With the advance of modern telecommunications, the world continues to shrink into a global village. Information, the most precious resource, now passes around the world in the blink of an eye. All of us have access to more information today than our elders could have dreamed off even twenty years ago but a problem remains: all the information in the world cannot give us answers to some of life's most fundamental questions: What is worth doing? What should we be doing as individuals, communities and as a nation to solve the most pressing problems of our time? How can we balance the demands of society with our personal goals? Should we follow prescribed rules and traditions or shatter old idols and form new ones? Each of us has to answer these questions for himself or herself but one thing is clear: If you pull something down, you need to build something new in its place and building something is always harder than breaking it down.

So what should we do? As healthcare professionals, we would do well to remember our natural arena or as the Americans call it, our 'core competency'. We are, first and foremost, doctors, and we need to strive to improve ourselves within this arena. While the field of medical practice (in the broadest way) cannot be divorced from the larger society around it, it is an abdication of our responsibility to our patients and our colleagues if we ignore our natural constituency to indulge in meaningless politics.

We have huge challenges facing our medical profession. How do we harness the enormous potential of our female students and doctors within our existing social system? How do we expand training opportunities for our young graduates in Pakistan so they are not forced to seek out jobs abroad or in exploitative private hospitals? How do we ensure that our best and brightest medical graduates are not lost to the West forever, thus depriving our nation of its most precious resource: its people? How do we provide quality, compassionate care to the teeming masses of our country who look up to us as saviors but don't have ten rupees to spare for food, let alone for expensive tests and medicines? And most importantly, how do we inspire our young people to leave behind the crass lure of easy riches, of material wealth and job titles and work selflessly to better our institutions and our nation?

There are no easy answers to these questions but then, Life seldom offers easy answers to anything. The first step is asking the right questions and seeking out the answers diligently. The harder one works with noble intentions, the clearer the path ahead becomes.

Our alma mater, King Edward Medical University is populated with some of the brightest minds in our nation. With the right guidance, the sky truly is the limit. But we would do well to remember that no savior ever descends from the heavens to save a people. Each one of us has a role to play and it is only our collective effort that will lift us up.

And to reach for the sky, perhaps we should pay heed to another great seer, Allama Muhammad Iqbal:

"MaiN tujh ko batata huN, taqdeer-e umam kya hai/
Shamsheer-o-sana awwal, taoos-o-rubaab aakhir"
(I will tell you of the fate of nations
/untiring hard work first, singing and dancing last)

Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi is Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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MCAT Entrance Test Key 2015

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lecture Slides: Surgery; Brain Injury

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Lecture Slides: Pediatrics; Rheumatic Fever

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Lecture Slides: Dermatology; Fungal Infections

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Lecture Slides: Surgery; Haemorrhage

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tips to attempt written papers

By Kainat Zaffar Laghari

A few tips how to attempt your paper :
A must read for first year students :

1) first of all about MCQ portion which is definitely a bit tricky but u have to sit calm and read it calmly and carefully .  Dont panic if u dont know the answers. Even at times u dont know half of the answers but thats okay u r not alone.

2) dont leave any MCQ.  Just mark it.  mark the closest option near you. That's All

3) SEQ : at time there are such questions which are quite unfamiliar to you but if u know from which
topic the question is just write anything relevant to it.  Believe me u ll not get ZERO in it.  Specially in physio at times there are some questions like How, what's the mechanism??  Even if u dont know both u know WHAT the thing is relevant to just write about it.  You ll definitely get some marks. I have tried it

4) flow charts : try to make flow charts of mechanisms asked.  Avoid writing lengthy and BORING
paragraphs.  It bores the examiner.  Write them in the form of flow charts or little highlighted  Points.  It will make a good impression for sure

5) PBQ : if u r sure what the disease or diagnosis is then write the one but if u ain't sure then write 2, 3 names which come across ur mind at the time.  It ll help u save marks

5) LEQ : as i said earlier try to make them not boring. Add diagrams to it, make flow charts, points use color markers and highlighters.  try to make ur paper AS PRESENTABLE AS POSSIBLE.

6) if u know the right stuff then write it.  If no then write something relevant to it. As i said dont leave the Question unattempted

7) in EMBRYO try to make diagrams. Write A little but not too much try to xplain your point via diagram.

8) Make colored boxes and write the points in there

9) last night before exam try not to be tensed or depressed . just try to relax and avoid studying too
much . even if u want to go for past papers and solve em .

P. S : i learnt all this from my seniors :-)

I hope this one's useful for you. Have faith. U ARE HERE FOR A REASON Out of 45000. Just Believe yourself.  Trust Allah.  You ll be successful.

Best of Luck!
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Biochemistry Hashmi MCQs

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Class Tests 2nd Year 2015

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Coming Soon ! Interview with Salman Ahmad

"My favorite time of the day was playing cricket in Patiala Ground" Salman Ahmed, founder of Junoon band and a proud...
Posted by Kemcolians United - The King Edward Medical University Blog - [ KemUnited ] on Sunday, 23 August 2015
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Lecture Slides: Chest Surgery ; Complications of Pulmonary Surgery

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