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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 …

1st Year

The Wonderful World of Firstulas

Orientation Guides

Orientation guide for Batch '21
by Hassaan Wajid

Physiology Important Questions for Nerve and Muscle Muhammad Mohsin Ali
Physiological Parameters, Indices and Values Blood counts, Electrolyte levels, etc
Physiology Mnemonics 


Lecture Slide; Biochemistry: Lipids Sarah Arif
Biochemistry and Physiology Study Guide by Sara Atiq Khan The survival guide - A must-read for everyone !
Some Mnemonics for Metabolic acidosis (for first years)


Anatomy Study Guide by Sara Atiq Khan Sara Atiq Khan - A brilliant kemcolian, among the top5 in her class, shares the secrets to tackle down this beast of a subject
1st Year Gross Anatomy Guide by Rabia Zia Gross Anatomy explained. Details of different regions and the important topics.
Anatomy Mnemonics
Access Lectures and KEMU Student Presentations here.
Muscle Tissue

Past Papers

Histology Slides for Professional Exams

Folder 1- Labelled
Folder 2 - Labelled
Folder 3 - Labelled
Histology Revision Slides Updated (2011) by Laiba Khalid
Histology Handmade Diagrams for 1st Year by Ayesha Irfan
1st year HISTOLOGY: Hand made diagrams by Hina Amjad
 Histology Hand made Diagrams & Histology Slides
(click here) by Tauseef Umar

Spotting Resources

1st year - Spotting resource Bank
Lower Limb Anatomy Spotting Labelled
Upper Limb Spotting

Embryology Models

(Some models are labelled and others mentioned in comments)

Anatomy Museum Models (unlabelled)

(This album covers Upper limb, Lower limb and Thorax regions of anatomy)

Biochemistry Practicals

Instant Biochemistry Practical by M.Salik

Viva Resource Bank

1st Year : Physiology Tests/ Prof Viva Questions
1st Year : Anatomy Substage/Stage/Prof Viva Questions

General Tips and Viva Guides

General Tips for Vivas by Dr. Naeem Majeed

Rabia Zia explains what kind of viva to expect from each teacher of the anatomy department!

A guide to Substage/Stage vivas - Teachers (Ladies) explained !
A guide to Substage/Stage vivas - Teachers (Gentlemen) explained !

Useful Resources




General Resources


Characteristic beliefs of a freshmen!!! by Romesa Qaiser Khan

First Year Reactions by Romesa Qaiser Khan

Firstulas, This Valentine's Day. by Romesa Qaiser Khan 

Soon to be exiled 1st Years by Lubaba Mukhtar

From Princess to Pauper - Life in Girls' Hostel  by Lubaba Mukhtar

Dawn of Reality by Umara Naseer

You know you’re a medical student when…By Fatima Baluch

What We Do In D.H. by M.Usama

The Month of March: Firstula Version 
The Module System: A Road to Glory? by Aneeqa Javaid

How To Fail-A Complete Guide by Aneeqa Javed


What we do in KE: The firstula version Unsa Athar

Being a First Year Student by Awais Tarar

My Epic Tale By Hassan Saed

.K.E. At A Close-Up by Huda Iftikhar

A journey to remember! by Rooqash Ali

A Different Love Story ! By Usama Irshad

Us Against The Odds by Larabe Farrukh Chaudry

1st Year: A month at KEMU - Comic Wise Unsa Athar

Fast And Furious: The Freshman Year By Maryam Fatima. 1st Year.

HOWDY!! by Sania Mumtaz Tahir

The Epic Adventure Begins by Muhammad Salik

Tales of A Kemcolian Pixie. (Part 1) by Unsa Athar

Tales of A Kemcolian Pixie. (Part 2) by Unsa Athar

Words of A Kemcolian Pixie. by Unsa Athar

Not just another summer vacation ! by Aleesha Kainat (1st Yr)

The dream that was KE... by Fatima Qamar

A Freshman’s Jolt; King Edward Chapter by Amna Khalil (1st Year)

The King Edward Diaries - Year 1 By Aleesha Kainat, Noor-un-Nissa Zia and Anosha Anwar

Laiba Khalid’s: FIRST YEAR CHRONICLES Episode: 1 ‘How it All Began’


Laiba Khalid’s: FIRST YEAR CHRONICLES Episode: 3 ‘Finale’

You Are Not Alone ! by Sadaf Hafeez

The Stale shreds of my wilted days-Ruminations in First Year by WildAnthem 2nd Year

Coming to terms with reality by Fatima Waqar
A critical and satirical analysis of the transition that occurs from the pre-medical life to a medical student life!

1st Year General Stuff by Muzna Sarfraz
Muzna gives tips on the very important subject of "how to be a kemcolian and still have a life! "

Tips for Survival for Freshman!  by Aimen Saeed Old First Year

Recommended Books

[Note: All of these books and even more are available at Kemunited’s free Elibrary. You can access it at: . To access files, you will need an official account. Learn how to make an account here.]


Primary Books
Anatomy: Regional and Applied by BD Chaurasia
Gray's Anatomy for Students
Keith L Moore: Clinically Oriented Anatomy
Clinical Anatomy by Richard S. Snell


Netter's Atlas
McMinns (for spotting)


Gray's Anatomy
Last's Anatomy Regional and Applied


Keith L Moore (Recommended)
Langman's Embryology


Wheater's Histology
Junqueira's Basic Histology
Laiq Hussain (Recommended)
Di Fiore's Atlas of Histology (Recommended with Liaq Hussain)

General Anatomy

GA by Ghulam Ahmed
GA by Tassaduq Hussain
GA by Liaq Hussain


Guyton and Hall
Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology (For Reference Purposes)


Mushtaq (1st year)
Lipincott's illustrated reviews: Biochemistry
Reference : Harper's Biochemistry

NOTE: Before buying books, always consult your immediate seniors and your teachers. Also, read our orientation guides to know which ones to buy!

Here's more you should read...

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…


Anatomy/Histology Gallery
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

Embryology Models Some models are labelled and others mentioned in comments

Anatomy Museum Models (unlabelled) This album covers Upper limb, Lower limb and Thorax regions of anatomy

2nd Year
HISTOLOGY Diagrams Hand-drawn CARDS 2ND YEAR MBBSThese are hand-drawn histology diagrams by Demonstrator Dr. Shaista (Dept of Anatomy, KEMU) and submitted by Anosha.NEUROLOGY/ Neuroantomy SPOTTING  (LABELLED SPECIMEN) 2ND YEAR  Each structure is labelled and a great job done by Anosha. Neuroanatomy / Brain 2nd Year Important topics by LaibaNeuroanatomy Models Labelled  Gross models labelled by Maryam Shahid Abdomen & Pelvis Anatomy Spots Labelled Excellent job by Maryam Shahid
Anatomy Learni…

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)
NBME 4  =    263 (13 days before exam) UWSA =  259 (2 days before exam)
Real exam = 254