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Societies @ KEMU !!

When the dark times of the prof are over, there comes a time in KEMU when the nerds rejoice! Yes, it is the time before summer vacation, when the extra-curricular activities reach at an all-time dangerously high ! 
This post is meant to educate the freshmen at KE about how they can unleash their creative potential.
Why should I join societies you say ? The thing is that life at KEMU is tough! Everyone needs a creative outlet to keep them sane ! You explore the fun side of Uni-Life. Moreover, each one of this society will groom you to a multitude of new experiences which will help you later on in life. How? Extra-curricular activities are an eye-catching part of your Resume/CV. Exposure to different kinds of activity will make you more confident and of course you will get to know your fellow kemcolians better and make new friends. Networking, You will get to work closely with both your seniors and juniors, and this is a great opportunity to socialize.

Members Vs Post-holders: This applies t…

ENT unit 2 ward test

okay so this post goes out to all those unlucky kids who got ENT unit 2 as their first ward.... i being one of those last yr... ended up studying nothing at the end because the Studying the entire book seems impossible at the time..... and dont even think about getting ur ward tst delayed.. it would just get worse afterwards..... u dont require either the history copies or the assignments for the Ent 2 wad test.... get the Unit 2 notes from the photocopier... the Ent 2 viva questions from the photocopier as well... try as might to do the entire book u wont be able to do it ... just do the following topics .. the rest u have to do for the finals... Ear: 1. Anatomy (v imp.. entire chp) 2.assesment of hearing ( rinnes test, webers test, pure tone audiometery,impedence audiometery) 3.hearing loss (do tables ..causes of conductive and sensineural hearing loss, tympanoplasty,presbyacusis, noise trauma) 4.assesment of vestibular functions (just do the clinical tests) 5.disorders of vestibular sy…

2nd Year Past Papers Class Tests, Stages

By Sadaf Hafeez
 Stage A&P 2010                               Embryo Class Test (Arches and CVS)




 Physio Class Test                                                          CNS and Special Senses



  Physio Class Test                                                                    GIT




Study Less Learn More (Part 2)

A few of you were led to believe,perhaps by somewhat exaggerated title of my post,that I'm suggesting to completely do away with studies.No my friends! its not about shortcuts.Its about using a smarter set of strategies for success.

So here we go!

 Send-ups were looming large over 2nd year students.I dropped by at a friend's house for a combine study(I'll refer to her as Lulu).We planned and divided the topic into two portions to be learnt by each one of us and dug our noses deep into
the KLM's embryo.



Anxious to keep up with time-limit (for we were left with a single day!)I tried to give my best shot.Frowning hard I kept jaw joint in full action with the continuous muttering of the words i was reading ;for i fancied

that speaking out loud is a very effective tool for memorization since all the senses are actively involved ;eyes view,tongue speaks,ears listen and occasionally hands put into gestures what mind has perceived. Thus when so many inputs ;

vision,audition,…

1st year guide to books

The first question everyone in first year asks is : Where do i study from? and which books are sufficient? Well there is one thing u guys need to understand and that is : for every subject there is a hierarchy of books, with ones at the bottom being studied by everyone and the one at the top are studied only by the theetas who don't care if they look like a bald skeleton by the end of final year. So we will now be referring to them as the cheeta books , the beeta books and the theeta books. Which ones you choose for yourself is entirely upto you.
ANATOMY:
Gross Anatomy.
1. B.D Chaurasia is the cheeta book
2.Anatomy by R.J Last is a highly recommended beeta book
3.Clinical Anatomy by KLM is theeta book

THE NEW PHYSIOLOGY ERA

As the legendary professor Akram retires a lot of changes are expected and necessary in the physiology department at KEMU.
Both 1st and 2nd year are bound to alter their study methodologies........ here are a few things that might help you along

First year
You guys are the LUCKY ONES because you don't need to spend loooooooonnnnnnnngggg hours in front of the HATED and LOATHED Grey book ......... you have all the time at you want to make your physiology as good as it gets cuz the most useful subject in the wards is gonna be physio ( anatomy is just gonna keep you preoccupied and bio chem will just irritate you like a dengue mosquito) .Guyton is your basic text book.

Wards101: Welcome to the wards

Dear sophomores, rejoice. You are out of the terrain and terror of the pre clinical years. Welcome to the world of real doctors. Third year brings with it the joys of clinical rotations or Wards as they are commonly known. By now you must know which batch you are in. If you don’t have any friends over there, don’t hesitate for a minute and get it changed. Find someone who’ll go for a mutual migration with you and get it done as soon as possible. All you have to do is write an application, attach your CNIC and submit it to the students section in the Admin block. Then get your migration certificate (it usually takes a few days before you can get it) and submit it to your new ward so that your attendance may be marked over here. Also get your Ward card from the Records’ room in Patiala. You will need this at the end of each ward for your ward test and also for getting a transcript if you plan to go for electives.
In third year there are two major wards, Medicine and Surgery,

1st Year Gross Anatomy

Hello kiddos!!!
First of all....... CONGRATS on becoming the cream of the nation and having your name amongst the BESHT OF THE BESHT . Now that u r in the Pakistan ka taap ka medical college its gonna take some effort to stay here and become a "wadda dactur saab" (not intending to scare u of course :p)

So gross anatomy is about the scariest and the most demanding thing you come across in first year......... but fear not little ones ....... it gets really fun once you get the hang of it. Three really important things you should keep in mind
Do get the dissection CDs from the learning center (the glass room near DH) or KEMCAANA before the start of each new region. See it at the beginning of each region and also the specific parts before the substages.Do follow whats going on in the DH and try to do the dissection yourself or at least actively follow it.

Random stuff - 1st years

Hello 1st years!!

Fatima waqar has welcomed you all really nicely! With all the facts :p

So i would like to highlight some other aspects "now that you have finally stepped into the medical world" :)

Once you start 1st year and get bombarded with substages/tests "or i think now they take monthly tests" anyyyyhowwwww point is you'll be facing alot of burden IN TINY HANDS

4th Year: ENT viva

and now finally the horror of ENT viva as everyone likes to put it ... though i didnt find it tht scary after all... firstly u need to know with which unit u have the long case ... if ur batch has unit 2 written infront of it in the date sheet then u would be having ur long case and table viva in unit 2 and short case in unit 1... vice versa fr the other way arnd....
the viva starts at 9 00 am .... u need the bring the following on the day of ur viva 1. head mirror 2.ward cards (third and fourth yr) 3.Ent assignment 4.Ent history copy

Final year Frenzy - The Complete Guide

Final year looms quicker than any of us imagine,and five year are over in a gist,when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by Medicine,Surgery,Gynae/Obstetrics and Paediatrics.
I will write a short review on the books I followed,the ones i dint,the ones that helped and the ones that did not at all.

Why is this going to help you?
This is going to be of help,because in all your years you had the heavenly presence of your seniors,whom you could go running back when and if needed,but landing in final year you find a void of that wise guidance,and you have to figure out things more yourself.

Find out what works for you.
DON'T try feeding on the recipe passed on from generations,not even this one,take it as a guide and then mix and match,and see which potion works magic for you.

Lets begin..

MEDICINE

In medicine I studied a few chapters from DAVIDSON and a few from KUMAR AND CLARK,both are excellent books,but at the end of reviewing both,i found that Davidson spoke to me more,so I followed…

Study Less Learn More (part1)

"I studied for so long, still couldn't score as high as I'd expected"

"I studied so thoroughly...now i open the book and I'm totally BLANK !"

( Sounds familiar?     No!     Read on...  )

"She didn't study a word for heaven's sake! and still passed the test with flying colours !"

"How the heck she performed so well in vivas with the same degree of preparation as I have !"

( Rings a bell?     A bit!      Carry on...  )

"Gosh! how does she manage to have all the facts on her fingertips !"

"Whoa! Hows she's able to 'discuss' when I'm barely able to 'recall' !"


(Aha! you winced! I can see it stirred an emotive memory ; rather a biting,haunting one !)

Does these questions bombard and bamboozle your mind often ?

Do you wish to manage your time wisely and spare moments for social outings and extracurricular s?

Do you wish to be a part of the 'cool community' who are rarely seen studyin…

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE REALITY...(continued) :

Part1

hey hey!.... okay kids...as i mentioned in my previous blog , here are a few reasons that i and my friends concluded why students lose their interest in studies... don't let yourselves fall prey to any of them.... so here goes:

1. the wholesomeness of getting into a medical college!
lesson : getting into this place is only one of the innumerable achievements u have to make iA! .. n with time , you'll realise how petty an achievement this was...:P
2. as a sheer act of rebellion coz ur parents forced u in...!
lesson: now that you're here , there's no turning back! so accept life as it is and stop wasting time! you 'll harm no one but yourself this way !
3. you find medicine really tough and boring..
lesson: med is boring without doubt... but now that it's gonna be what you eat , drink n breathe... it's ur job to make it fun ! group discussions , different websites cud be helpful!
4. u fail a test or a substage , n u decide to give up !
lesson: failure …

A Key to Surgical Methods !

(This is only a revision key & not a substitute for the books.) Before starting any exam, always proceed to the following points: ·Introduction & Greetings ·Take consent ·Ask for privacy / female attendant in case of male examiners ·Positioning of the patient ·Proper exposure Don’t forget to thank the patient after completion of the exam.

A) SWELLING S Start - History W Where - Site, lies in which structures, mobility E External Features L Lymph Nodes - Enlarged or not palpable L Liquid - Fluctuation, trans-illumination I Internal Features - Hard, tender N Noise - Thrill, bruit G General Appearanc…

3rd Yr: Pharmacology and Pathology MCQs Sendup

PATHOLOGY!


3rd Year Detailed Study-guide ! by Muzna Sarfraz

INTRO:
Hello bachon!
Welcome to 3rd year :D *BIG ONE*
Wow you are stepping into the 'clinical world' great feeling na :p
Again 3 subjects, not tough but retaining what you have studied is the problem over here, so the more no. of times you will revise the better and easier it will be for you!
P.S. Thanks to ALLAH first of all, and whatever is mentioned below i would like to say special thanks to NAWAL HABIB/SOFIA IQBAL for guiding me throughout the year with absolutely everything + my friends ...

FORENSIC:
Usually known as kami biochem's twin, just a larger syllabus BUT PASSING TESTS too should be taken care of (TRY :p)

*Books: terse, parikh, nasib.r.awan

Divided into TOXI and MEDICINE:
*TOXI:Throughout the year TERSE is a WOW book with all the headings and cuteness whereas PARIKH comes in handy a day before prof :p to review professor's Qs and go through stuf not given in terse = e.g. heroin, CO2, war gases, Part 6 of parikh (hallucinogens, aspirin)

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE REALITY !

this is for the first year kids..... hello n welcome to KEMU... (pakistaaan ka taaap ka medical college) !! :p
After you've all been ushered in , hailed , (and undoubtedly ridiculed n bullied :p )..... n after all the excitement and joy of getting into pakistan ka taap ka medical college has settled down , you guys will have to come to terms with the harsh reality of life at kemu !! i know im supposed to guide , not scare you.... so let me first appreciate u ppl.....: You guys have done a great job (im sure a million ppl have said this to you by now!:p) On top of everything else , you've made your parents proud!! They can now brag about their kids among their friends and relatives ! :p
Now that i'm done with the prologue , let me get to the point..... As far as my experience is concerned , a lot of ppl lose their interest in studies sooon after getting into this place.. There are a few reasons that i've figured out after a blow-by-blow analysis .... and i'll share…

1st/2nd Year : Physiology and Biochemistry Study Guide

back with more tips :)..... but 1st a little history lesson for the new kemcolians.... biochemistry n physiology in my time were tyrannical regimes under 2 of the most 'legendary' professors ke has seen in recent memory..... luckily, times have changed n these professors wont b terrorizing u guys anymore (hopefully) :P...... so watevr tips iv given below r not 4m 1st hand experience, but are more or less general tips n ideas gathrd aftr consulting my juniors(thnx again 4 the help!!)

1ST YEAR n 2ND YEAR:
Physiology:
Guyton.... the most famous physiology text worldwide n for good reason. its simple 2 understand n suprisingly easy 2 retain even though it looks huge. whenevr we did a new topic in physio i wud try n read guyton 1st, evn b4 the topic was completd in class. 1nce uv read this, reading othr books becomes so much easier

1st/2nd Year : Anatomy Study Guide

hey!! first of all, to all the 1st yrs i'd like 2 say ....WELCOME to ke!! Congrats!! uv survived f.sc./ a levels!! get used 2 being called 'doc saab' :P... but with that gr8 power comes gr8 responsibility (forgive my spiderman reference :D).... now u hav 2 survive K.E. itself!!
N for the 2nd yrs..... uv given ur 1st prof!! now time 2 do it all over again :P.... but no worries, the 1st one is the worst, at least that was the case for me. the tension n drama is at a peak n u thnk u just cant go on!! aftr ur through the 1st exam u realize its not impossible, n nows its time 2 put ur new found confidence in ur medical skills 2 good use by kiking off ur 2nd yr in style :)
here r some things i learnt along the way :)

How To Read a CT Scan of the Brain (Part 2)

B) Examination
Search for radiological findings such as size, shape, symmetry, density, displacement, integrity, and lesions.
Midline structures
Midline structures include the following (Numbered according to the CT Scan below):
Anterior falx cerebriSeptum pellucidumThird ventriclePinealPosterior falx cerebriFourth ventricle (not shown on the scan below)Midline shifts usually indicate raised intracranial pressure and significant risk for herniation. Less often, they are due to non-threatening atrophy on one side. They can be associated with intra-axial or extra-axial pathology. Different processes can shift more the anterior, middle, or posterior midline structures.

Research for Medical Students (Part 1)

Salam everyone!!!!!!!

Hope you are doing great.
This topic remains untouched and un-taught in our medical institutes, although with our existing resources, we can't even imagine to compete with the rest of the world, however, hospitals like Shaukat Khanum do have the research requirements in them and they do help you out to join them for research electives.
Yet, Kemcolians are ignorant of the word "Research", despite some stuff taught by community medicine department that, even in the remotest of chances, doesn't qualify as a true research valid for publication. However, Dr. Maaz has to be credited in a way that he is teaching the use of SPSS in a very understandable way once you are through all that process there. And if you didn't learn to use SPSS there, I can feel sorry for you guys.
Having said that, I'll go stepwise for the research methodology that anyone at any institute can apply to start a project that can be published in some respectable journal. …

How To Read a CT Scan of the Brain (Part 1)

Identification of the CT scan anomalies was not part of the curricula when i graduated, yet very often you come across CT scan interpretation both at under-grad and post-grad levels.
This technique is replacing conventional x-rays in most parts of the world, but what you also need to remember is that a CT scan usually puts about 500 times more radiation to the body as compared to an X-ray, yet there are specific indications for both, that you'll learn as you progress.
There is no short book for CT scans, no one teaches you in college too, so thats how I learnt the basics of CT interpretation. This post is for head CT, abdominal and chest CT details will follow soon Inshallah.
Lets start then:
How To Read a CT Scan of the Brain
A) Identification Identify the subject of the exam and some technical details. Who & When Name, Age, & Date:

4th Yr : EYE viva

Eye viva is the longest and the most hectic ...especially if u r the last batch... 3 batches together give the eye viva... u have to give 5 vivas
Viva no. 1 : Long case... in long case u mostly get cataract ... bt u can get other cases as well .. mine was squint... u have to take history and examine the patient and no dnt worry u wont be alone .. two students get a single long case..... bt no both of u wont have the same examiner... ones long case viva would be with an internal and the other one would have his with an external... u wont be wrting ur history and examination on eye examination sheets .. u would get a seperate answer sheet ... u have to write the entire history and examination on it...

4th Yr: Community Medicine Viva

4th Yr: Community Medicine Viva

Community medicine viva this year was taken by Dr. saira...Its starts at 9:00 am... the batch is divided into two halves of 15... one of the halves goes for spotting and the other one for viva with external.
OSpe had alot of questions from immunology... Vaccines comprised atleast 40 percent of our spotting ques... do modules from ur log books for ospe ... Ospe can include baisically anything form the syllabus.. a few questions were from research as well...

4th Yr: Pathology viva and Practical

Edited By Sadaf Hafeez (class of 2013)

okay so i m gna post all the viva patterns coz the seniors this year were no help... none of them exactly remembered what they did in their vivas the year before.... starting off with pathology....
u have to give 6 vivas in pathology
Viva no. 1 : Dr. afsar. This viva is based on the scenario u are given in the form of printed pages... Its mostly from Endocrne...

Wards or No wards!!!!!!!!

Salam everyone!!!!!!!!!!

I met this guy in Brisbane the other day, a graduate of King Edward Medical College, and he was repenting on not attending the wards at that time, despite his about to be consultant in internal medicine scene........
And that made me think to stress need for emphasizing the need to attend wards. Every now and then, you'll come across the seniors boosting of not attending wards even in final years and recommending you the same, but trust me, thats one of the mistakes most of you commit, even after people like me stressing the importance......
Patients are the best teachers, even if you are not learning anything consciously while spending time in 3rd yr and 4th yr wards, you are learning a lot from the surroundings unconsciously...... however i must say that you need to choose the ward combination wisely. If you can change, try to go to following units:
Surgery: South (Best), East (Better)

Australian Medical Council AMC Part 1 Guide - Experience and Tips

AMC Part 1 by Dr. Asad Khizar Malik (Rank : 77/620) Australian Medical Council  Guide - Experience and Tips
Salam people, let me start in the name of Allah who’s the greatest benefactor of all mankind. Hope everyone is doing great. I'll try to write as much as I can for the people who are due to various reasons more interested in joining Australian Hospitals for post-grad training as compared to the USMLE pathway.

I am a graduate of King Edward Medical University, class of 2004-2010. I did my 6 months house job after graduation in Mayo Hospital, and after that, i gave my AMC Part 1 in November, 2010 from Brisbane. With the grace of Allah, I passed that in first attempt.

So lets start with the discussion here, but PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS ENTIRELY MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND REASONING WHY I PREFERRED AUSTRALIA OVER USA FOR RESIDENCY.

First thing in mind that comes with post grad training in Pakistani doctors minds is: Which way to go after graduation? That is a very tough decision that is …

3rd Year Guide - Class of 2012 shares their experiences

Books Guidance (Experiences of Class of 2012)
McFearless Says
Legend : MUST HAVE BOOKS RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL

Pharmacology Katzung Review of Pharmacology  The best book for pharmacology. Concise yet complete.
Lipincott Review of Pharmacology   Some people find this better. But after using this book for 3-4 months, i concluded that I could do more with Katzung Review in less time. And trust me, you can only use one of them as primary. (Some topics can be supplemented with the other)
Kaplans Pharmacology This is what our seniors never told us but I found quite useful. Both the above books fail to give a quick review right before exam or in the viva. Here this book comes in handy. MUST WATCH the LECTURE DVDs with it. This book was a life-saver for me ! Goes especially well with Katzung review because both have same authors.
Reference : "Big Katzung" This is lengthy but the smart-crowd still uses it. Not recommended for the average-Joe.



Pathology
Robbins (Medium)  This is recomended standard text…