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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 …


Unsa's Posts

Okay fans, here are all the blogs written by Unsa Athar. From premedical guides to kemlife cocktails: click, read and enjoy ;)

Random Rambling: Lessons I learnt in two years.

It’s been two years Alhamdulilah. Two well spent years.

Oh man, It was one not-so- smoooooooooooth journey.  The academic session lasted for six months and the remaining six months were ruled by prof season. 

                                 *this is how I feel at the end of sophomore year!*

Let’s not get into the details of this year because frankly I do not remember half of the stuff that happened:P I think I am just going to write down some of the random lessons I learnt this year which might help my juniors.

What we do in KE-- #Sophomore
And just in three months of sophomore year we be like:

Hey Freshies, This article for those among you who are looking forward to more fun at KEMU. Since I am known to be a freak jerking around in all the societies, some of your felllows were asking me about them. So here it is, happy reading!!

For the future MCATIANs -Fighting your fears 
When I was youngster of 8th class, I was not sure which field I really wanted to choose. In our school, only sciences are taught. In 9th class also, we had no choice between biology and mathematics. We only had biology to study to. Aur jab bachpan mn pocha jata tha k bdey ho k kia bno gai, my answer always was ‘DOCTOR’ even though I had never thought about it

Failure in MCAT (or any exam) is not the end of the world!  
 You live, you learn. 
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

MCAT season.. again..!   After defeating the mcat monster, I wrote all I knew about mcat. So now I got nothing new to say as a piece of advice to the juniors. Hence I decided to compile the experiences of different people of my KEMU 1st year class. I hope the juniors shall find the words of KEMU Class of 2017 helpful! iA!

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high..  

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. 

Choosing the path to glory.. KEMU AIMC or FJMC..  

Ø  When you are done with your assignment, you always find a better way to do it.
Ø  When you finally get the opportunity to go and buy all the stuff your teacher told you to, she/he will remember another one the very next day. And that too a thing very important!,..

To be at a place at which THEY were...

This blog has been written for three people, so if only these three of them read and like it, I would be more than happy :)

What we do in KE: The firstula version 

What we thought coming into medicine will make us:
but what we have become :

Seeing my name in the KEMU list…viola! I did it..!
Feeling excited for the interview…butterflies in tummy..
6th December.. Waking up.. Getting all togged up..
Sitting in the cold lecture hall.. Excited parents.. Chattering students..
And then the drama begins..*Drum roll*
Medical examination. Documents’ submission.  Former was fun. Latter was a tragedy.

Walks to remember...

The Silent trees.. the foggy buildings..
The moist grounds.. the fallen leaves.. <3
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is 
simple. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is 
asleep. Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is 
wise. Follow him. 
The demonstrator explains the clavicle. I listen. I frown. Itna kuch itni si bone mein :-| I learn it. I revise it with friends.
I think  Chalo clavicle hi revise kr letey hain. I try. But I cannot remember much about it.CLAVICLE TK BHOOL GYI.....


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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