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The sound of Silence

A short story by Hamdan Ali Khan, 1st Year MBBS

The old man sat on the beach, barefooted and alone. Silence reigned everywhere except the occasional thrashing of waves which disturbed the acoustic equilibrium. Night it was, the sky filled with a million lanterns, the birds dozing off quietly and the sea like an old pirate sang a silent shanty. Oh! He missed his youth, when he could swim to the Black Rock without drowning, when he could shout at the vast ocean, his resonant voice fading upon the edges of horizon. But all good things come to an end, the voice that once resonated; now a husky whisper. The man who was the fastest swimmer; now an ancient remainder of time and its echoes. The doctors said he had terminal cancer that he would die in a week. He didn’t fear death, he had no family, nothing to lose except maybe the sight when someone would break his 50 years old record. The silence of the calm sea nurtured in him a desire to swim to the Black Rock once again, one last time. He …

10 Most Obvious Mistakes most Pre-meds make while preparing for MCAT

Hassaan Wajid 
 Batch 2020.
Still doing Fsc/A-levels? Wanna be mentally prepared for what to do and what not to do for the big test “The MCAT”? If so,then you’re reading the right article.So,let’s examine some 404s students encounter while preparing for MCAT

1) Joining the MCAT session before Fsc-exams is(according to me) one of the worst mistakes students make.
At the time being there is practically no need of joining any MCAT session since you will get double minded whether to prepare for Fsc or the MCAT,since the nature of judging and the MCQs for both the exams is quite different.
So there is practically no need of joining any session for MCAT preparation before the exams,since Fsc accounts for your 40% aggregate and you don’t want to ruin your score.
2) Under-estimation.Most students when start preparing for MCAT underestimate their skills and extremities.
They start believing that clearing MCAT is unachievable for them simply because just 6-8% students make it to medical and dental colleges. It doesn’t mean that you have just 6-8% chance of securing admission.Every student always has 100% chances if he studies with full dedication and devotion.

3) Roaming around from one academy to another has always proved a bad option.You’ll always keep receiving pamphlets like these:-

But believe me it doesn’t matter if you are comfortable and satisfied at one place but your friends go to some other.All that helps at the end is your hardwork and self preparation.
4) Putting the text books aside.Some students just buy some MCAT preparatory stuff and consider that enough for MCAT preparation,but take my word you simply CANNOT ace MCAT without reading the required topics from your text books(the Fsc books are an essence if you are an A-levels student since most of the MCQs are related to the Fsc books).
Read the MCAT specific books just for revising what you have already learned and for solving MCQs too but do your basic learning from your text books.
5) Not studying properly just because it’s just MCQs.If you are one of those who believe that it’s just MCQs and you don’t need to thoroughly read and understand the topic,then you definitely need some guidance.
6) Using cramming for preparation.MCAT ain’t like Fsc or matric where you can pass with flying colours using the traditional cramming method.You need good concepts and a good understanding of every topic you read.
Sure it helps to some extent in biology but that won’t be enough for you to secure admission in a medical college.
7) Post-exam partying.

Of course everyone needs some time for rest and relaxation and if you kind of get out of your mind preparing for the Fsc finals then my sympathies are with you.
But remember,every single student who went into a medical college had to pass through this grind of hardwork.So,my advice is not to party a lot just because the Fsc exams are over since it proves to be fatal at the later stage.Clear the MCAT and then you will get plenty of time 2-3 months for partying and hanging out with friends.
8) Solving the tests with discussions or cheating just to show off that you got all the MCQs in the test correct won’t take you anywhere.In fact,it will figuratively lead to your demise at the end.
So,try solving all the MCQs yourself.
9)Losing hope if you are studying properly but still not doing well in the tests.If this is the case,DO NOT worry a bit.The tests you take in academies/classes are made extra difficult so that you get prepared for the big challenge of MCAT.
Just keep going steadily and you’re gonna find MCAT a lot easier than the tests you took.
10)Not relaxing before the big day.Almost every student gets tensed like hell as to what is going to be on the test and keeps studying till the last minute from entering the examination hall.
But believe me you aren’t getting anything in the last few minutes.If you have studied well you are by the help of Allah going to do well in the test.
Personally,I didn’t touch a single book after 7pm the night before MCAT,and I am currently an undergraduate of King Edward Medical University.So,have firm belief in your Creator,keep working hard and ALTAPETE(Aim High).


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USMLE Step 1 Experience by Ayaz Mehmood (Score : 99/266)

USMLE Step 1 Experience by Ayaz Mehmood (Score : 99/266)
Salam everyone, let me start in the name of Allah who’s the greatest benefactor of all mankind. I am going to write a detailed composition regarding preparation for USMLE Step 1. I am a final year student at King Edward Medical University and I took my exam on June 10th. Final year is the year before internship/ house job in Pakistan. I just got my scores: 99/266

Let me introduce some myths surrounding USMLE Step 1 which are especially prevalent within Pakistan; I am not too sure about India because I heard their students typically appear in their final years.

 Myth number 1:Do not appear for USMLE Step 1 within your graduation

 Verdict: Baseless, illogical reasoning

Explanation: This is so prevalent in Pakistan it’s almost pathetic. One of the biggest concerns surrounding our students is that Step 1 is a huge risk to be taken before graduation. Let me put it in another way: Step1 would always remain a risk whenever it is taken, …

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.


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 …

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high..

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high.. Unsa Athar Your 40% needs to be excellent to get into KEMU or  some other good place.
(Dedicated to my teachers who not only taught me the fsc books but also many priceless lessons of life)
(Unsa Athar)
The tree that never had to fight For sun and sky and air and light, But stood out in the open rain And always got its share and rain, Never became a forest king, But lived and died a scrubby thing… Good timber does not grow with ease, The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
Getting yourself educated in the desi manner i.e. through the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education is one of the top most challenges of today’s society. Matriculation seems difficult at that time, but when you enter FSc, you realize that matric was the easiest job in the world.  Those obese books of intermediate part I and part II are the worst enemies one can ever have.  People say Medical is tougher, but I find one basic difference in both. When you enter a medical college, y…


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Read the instructions here 1st Year

Histology Slides for Professional Exams
Folder 1- Labelled Folder 2 - Labelled Folder 3 - Labelled
Histology Revision Slides Updated (2011)
by Laiba Khalid
Lower Limb Anatomy Spotting Labelled

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USMLE Step 2 CK experience by Rizwan Khan (254)


     I recently got done with Step 2 CK exam & I want to elaborate my experience and the mistakes that I made during my prep so that any of my colleagues who are preparing for this exam might benefit from them. I wont go much in detail about how to prepare and where to prepare from since it is already highly debated on the forum and in the previous posts but would focus more on my personal experience and the bad choices which I made during the preparation phase.
SELF-ASSESSMENTS AND QBANKS Uworld 74% Kaplan Qbank 69%
Kaplan diagnostics  = 80% (70 days before exam) Kaplan Simulation Exam 1 = 71% (50 days before exam) Kaplan Simulation Exam 2 = 76%  (40 days before exam) Fred simulation for CK = 84% (39 days before exam) NBME 2 (offline) 21 mistakes (30 days before exam)
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Real exam = 254