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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 …


USMLE : United States Medical Licensing Exam

Ayaz Mehmood - Creates an example by taking step 1 exam in start of 5th year and scoring a whopping 99 with a 3-digit score of 266.. This is a must read article for all those aspiring to be doctors in the USA.

Dr Arsalan Baig describes his USMLE Step 1 experience and analyzes in retrospect, the things he did right, and the ones he did not, in an attempt to better guide his juniors.

Dr Arsalan Baig who got into the residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital, PA, chips in with an exceptionally insightful review of his USME Journey (Step 1,2,3) , as part of the ingenious 'From Patiala to US'  series started by our ever helpful MD, Waqas Nawaz!

Dr Sara Atiq Khan, who aced her Step 1 as recently as April 2014, shares her experince from the time she first started prep, to her simulated exam drills and finally the D-day in her extremely helpful blog post!

USMLE STEP 1 in 4th year M.B.B.S. by Asad Mehmood Lak (Score 257)
Asad Mehmood Lak is perfect inspiration for all the juniors who are thinking about USMLE and cannot decide when and how to take the test. It is best to plan early, whether you want to go for USMLE or PLAB or FCPS etc as it will save you a lot of time and energy. When you reach 3rd and 4th year of MBBS, peer pressure will mess with your minds badly, so better decide early what career path you want and stick to the plan

My Step 1 Experience in Final Year MBBS: Class of 2016

Read how four of our brilliant final year students from the 2016 class managed to ace
their Step 1 in their senior year

>>Raza Shahzad (Score 250)>>Usman Sheikh (Score 249)>>Muhammad Asad Fraz (Score: 257)>>Mohammad Hamza (Score: 261)

USMLE Step 1 Short Preparation Scheme 

Dr. Waqas Nawaz, MD gives you a concise and accurate scheme to follow for a total of 8
MONTHS !! 8 months of dedicated study and voila, you are ready to sit for your boards.

Read as Dr Abeera Ali writes about how she managed all the stress that preceded her  Boards and she came out, triumphant with an amazing 254 to her credit!

USMLE Step 1 Experience by Dr Ansab Abbas Haider (Score:268)

Doctor Ansab, who opted to write his Boards after the Step 2 exam, describes his experience and how he managed to land with an enviable score of 268!

Read as Dr Zafar describes how he journeyed through the hectic Boards preparation while juggling his house job alongside and ended up scoring a solid 262!

I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them." says Dr Isma Nusrat Javed, quoting Pablo Picasso.
Click on the link above to read her Step I experience.

“ It was the toughest, most interesting, most conceptual and the longest exam of my life. In short USMLE takes exam in a way that it can extract the best from you. You can do it easily only if you have full control on your nerves, proper time management and build concepts and mcqs practice. During exam I just kept one thing in my mind. I have to do it." writes Dr Shehryar Ali Jaffar, a graduate of AIMC, Lahore.
Click on the link above to read his Step 1 & 2 experience.

Usama Bin Tahir from Class of 2012, and co-founder at KemUnited, has finally earned another feather for his cap! Yes, he recently appeared in his Step 2 CK and earned a whooping 264! Read his CK experience and the strategies he employed to excel!

Dr Ayaz Khawaja pens down his Step 2 CK experience and, in a brilliantly written post, guides his juniors on how to shine in this exam!

Dr. Ansab Abbas Haider (Class of 2012) who gave his CK before Step 1 and scored a brilliant 256, writes in depth about his techniques and experiences, from books he used to the study hours he spent over different parts of the prep, he explains every aspect of his CK journey with a amazing panache!

Dr. Waqas Nawaz charts out an amazingly easy-to-follow scheme for all the prospective Step 2 CK candidates. A must read post by our favorite MD!

Dr Rizwan Khan describes his experience with Step 2 CK and the study schedule and strategies that helped him score a whooping 254 on the test. 

“ It was the toughest, most interesting, most conceptual and the longest exam of my life. In short USMLE takes exam in a way that it can extract the best from you. You can do it easily only if you have full control on your nerves, proper time management and build concepts and mcqs practice. During exam I just kept one thing in my mind. I have to do it." writes Dr Shehryar Ali Jaffar, a graduate of AIMC, Lahore.
Click on the link above to read his Step 1 & 2 (CK) experience.

Dr Rizwan Khan provides an amazingly pithy yet concise do-it-all guide to all the prospective Step 2 CS candidates. Together with an appendix written by Dr Hassan Raza Jafri, this is your perfect solution to all CS FAQs!

Waqas Nawaz, the resident MD(!) writes an exceptionally brilliant Step CS guide, touching all the relevant aspects of the exams and providing his valuable and sagacious guidance about the common problems faced by CS students.

Waqas Nawaz MD's much awaited guide for the final and for some, the trickiest USMLE exam! Read as he guides you through the different stages of prep and assessment!  

USMLE and Residency General Guides


Brains run in this family! After the much-loved and enormously successful Dr Najeeb, we present to you, Dr Mobeen, his younger and equally talented brother who has come up with an excellent website aimed at helping the prospective USMLE candidates!

United States Visa Guide for USMLE, Electives and Residency 

Confused about the intricate details regarding US visa? Wondering what the different visa types mean and which one you need for your US electives/observership/internship/externship? Well, not anymore! Read this article by Dr  Waqas Nawaz and Irfan Ahsan  and find answers to all the queries you ever had about US Visa!

Benefits and risks of both options explained in this wonderfull article by Dr. Faran Ahmad (Class of 2010)

Dr Izzah Vasim guides her juniors through the grueling and seemingly mind-boggling task of registering yourself with ECFMG

Dr Muhammad Bilal (Mcfearless) reviews Maryam Arshad (Class of 2010)'s Book: Khan's Medical Ethics 101 as part of our Illustrious Kemcolian Authors series.

Dr Naeem Majid addresses all the frequently asked questions about USMLE Match and Residency in this brilliantly written article!

Dr Waqas Nawaz & Faran Ahmed explain how to deal with a potential un-matching in US Residency Prog and explore the various options a candidate has in such a situation.

Waqas Nawaz MD provides his juniors with a meticulous account of the factors that affect a candidates chances of a potential match and interview calls! A must read for all USMLE candidates!

Waqas Nawaz,MD, comprehensively addresses all worries and problems faced by those aspiring to do their USMLE prep in their med school years.

Waqas Nawaz MD explains the importance of USCE and its influence on your prospects of a good match!

Doctor Waqas Nawaz explains the maths of your  USMLE spendings.

Importance Of House Job

Doctor Waqas Nawaz talks about the dilemma that every med student inevitably faces:house job or no house job?

LoRs and ERAS Applications

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

A chance for old Kemcolians to guide the upcoming generation by sharing their experiences.


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