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Electives and Research

Electives in Pakistan

Electives at PIC - Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore

Aariz Zainab describes her clinical electives experience at PIC, Lahore, and guides her juniors on how to secure electives there.

Research for Medical Students in Pakistan

Dr Asad Khizar, describes in two installments, the ultimate modus opernadi of research for Pakistani students!

Part 1 Covers Team-formation and choosing a topic about your research

Research for Medical Students (Part 2)

Part 2 covers the steps involved in research design and data collection 

Electives in USA

Muhammad Bilal (Class of 2012) charts out a comprehensive list of US university that offer paid/free electives to non-US students.

After spending hours in front of her computer screen and putting in months worth of research,Farkhanda Qaisar has prepared the ultimate list of American universities offering electives to Pakistani students. Have a look!

In the first of a series of blogs, Dr Farkhanda Qaisar lays down the chronological scheme
of to-do things in order to land good electives in US.

Elective Experience: Neurology/ Neurocritical care at Emory School of Medicine 

Smeer Salam (Class of 2012) describes his electives experience in Neurology at Emory School of Medicine

Electives in USA - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr Umar Tariq answers all the frequently asked questions about electives in USA

United States Clinical Experience Overview: Clinical electives, externship, observerhips and more explained 

Waqas Nawaz, MD guides his juniors about the commonly confused terminology in USCE.

Important Terms: Electives, Observership, Clerkships/ Core Clerkships, Sub-Internship, Residency, Fellowship 

Dr Umar Tariq explains the plethora of terms used in the USMLE/USCE world.

Dr Izzah Vasim shares her Observership experience at Stafford, VA and explains how a good USCE considerably improve a candidate's chances at getting a good match in USMLE. 

Fantastic Electives& Where to Find Them!

Dr Izzah Vasim charts out a list of  hospitals in the US which offer amazingly good opportunities for non-US students aspiring to do observerships,interships and externships in America.

Getting Observerships in USA

Zohaib Aftab doles out the secret pearls of wisdom that helped him successfully get into not one,not two,but THREE Observership programs in US!

Clinical Electives Vs. Research Electives 

Umar Tariq, MD, discusses the pros and cons of clinical and research electives.

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO): A new era for foreign electives’ aspirants

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO): A new era for foreign electives’ aspirants 
By Muhammad Asad Hanif Final Year MBBS
 KE’s participation in the GHLO collaborative has proved to be a milestone in aiding students to secure electives abroad. Nevertheless, there is still a lack of awareness among Kemcolians about this amazing opportunity which is at their disposal

                        LoRs & Why They Matter

LoRs and their Worth in a Strong ERAS Application

Waqas Nawaz MD explains all the fuss surrounding LoRs and ERAS applications.


The Art of Making a CV

When it comes to making an impressive CV, even the best among us tend to feel unsure and nervous. Read here a complete guide about how to build a professional CV for yourself!

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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…


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