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Step 1 Study Guide - Score 259

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STEP 1 STUDY GUIDE Non-US IMG Medical school: In Pakistan Exam taken during final year of MBBS Prep time: Approximately 10 months with breaks in between Step 1 Score: 259 Current Status: Matched into Internal Medicine Residency 2020 Study materials used: First Aid, Uworld, 100 cases of ethics by Conrad Fischer, biostatistics uworld, Kaplan video lectures and books, sketchy micro, pathoma, DIT lectures. UWORLD first pass: 83% NBMEs/UWSAs range 230s to 260s Phase 1: The first phase is to understand all the concepts thoroughly. You need to start with the basics and you need to make sure you understand each and everything. Don’t get discouraged if your concepts are not concrete during this phase and you keep forgetting things as this happens to everyone. You just need to try your best. Start with Kaplan video lectures for all the subjects and make notes on your Kaplan books. For micro, you must study Sketchy Micro. It is the best resource out there for microbiology and for pathology there

How to join Pakistan Army as Doctor - Male & Female

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CAREER as ARMY DOCTOR By Captain Dr. Saad KEMU 2011-16  DISCLAIMER:  The article is based on personal views and does not represent or conform to any official policy of the Army.  KE  has a bright history of close association with the Army. The most renowned personality of Army Medical Corps  Lt General Mushtaq Ahmad Baig  was a kemcolian, and first muslim principal of KEMC  Colonel Elahi Buksh  belonged to Army Medical Corps. Interestingly, our beautiful campus of KEMU was, once upon a time, Artillery Barracks of British Indian Army. Colonel Elahi Buksh Lt. General Mushtaq Ahmad Baig Recently I have seen a positive and welcome trend of more kemcolians showing interest in Military career after MBBS than before. I often get messages from juniors regarding the career prospects, and quite often the ambiguities in the young minds are more or less the same. So, I will briefly summarize the career structure of a military doctor and the joining procedure while busting some common myths.

A MAN OF IMPLACABLE WISDOM: PROFESSOR DR. FAISAL MASUD(1954-2019) - PART 5

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By Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi “A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial”                                  -  Arthur Schopenhauer In September, 2013, I was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry in King Edward. It was a promotion as well as validation for the three years I had put in at KEMU since my return from the USA in 2010. And it would never have happened if Faisal sahib had not been our Vice-Chancellor (the first permanent Vice-Chancellor since KE became a University in 2006). It would not be a stretch to say that it was Faisal sahib’s grand entrance into the Vice-Chancellor’s office at KE which finally started an ascent in KE’s fortunes. KEMU’s predecessor, King Edward Medical College with its venerable history and traditions had no equal in Pakistan; in fact in the entire region, since it is the 3rd oldest medical institution in the Indian subcontinent after Calcutta Medical College (established 1835) and Grant Medical College Mumbai (estab

A MAN OF IMPLACABLE WISDOM: PROFESSOR DR. FAISAL MASUD (1954-2019) - PART 4

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By Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi "What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."               - TS Eliot In 2013, my family and I had been back in Lahore for 3 years. After much soul searching, we had finally taken the plunge in 2010 although a few months earlier we had watched in horror as gunmen had stormed the Ahmadiyya house of worship in Model Town Lahore massacring 94 people and injuring over a hundred others, a kilometer from my family’s house. Less than two months later and just a few weeks before we landed in Lahore, two suicide bombers blew themselves up the ‘Data darbar’, the shrine of one of Lahore’s patron saints, the mystic Abul Hassan Al-Hajveri killing fifty people and injuring more than two hundred. It reminded me of our move to the small Arkansas town which I finally left to come back home to Lahore. Jonesboro, Arkansas is a small farming community close to the bank

The US Residency Application Season – Part 1

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Now that you are done with your USMLE exams or are in the process of giving your last one, it’s a good time to start thinking about the final step in this journey towards attaining a residency in the United States.  The first thing that you need to do to begin the season, is to register on ERAS . It costs 80 or so bucks, and the registration begins sometime in June with a timeline for the season already fixed. The deadline is usually September 15 th when your documents are released to the programs.  Of course, you can still apply later until end of the interview season but for an international medical graduate it’s recommended that you should be done uploading your documents beforehand. In all sorts of ways, this part of the journey requires a lot of help from your colleagues and seniors so make sure you keep in touch with people who have gone through this process before you. This year, that is the 2021 application cycle , will be totally different. Virtual interviews are all but

Ophthalmology - How do you take an excellent history?

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                                                                 History taking for any case is asking the patient questions about the complaint that he is having and then arriving at a diagnosis that will help you prescribe a medication or indicate towards a surgical solution.The following points is a detailed compilation of what complaints you may hear from patients in Ophthalmology and how you can diagnose the patients. From exam point of view these are sufficient but you may add more if needed. Clinically, the history taking must be complete from every aspect. BIO DATA Name:  Father's name:  Age:  Gender:  Marital Status:  Occupation:  Date of Admission:  Presentation:  My patient Mr. Ahmed S/O Mr. Nadeem,a 45 yrs, a old male, married, farmer by profession, resident of Gujranwala, presented in OPD on 20-04-2020 with the complaint of.. PRESENTING COMPLAINTS : These can be of many types, 1)Visual Disturbance: Dimness of vision/Loss of vision. *.nea

IELTS vs OET

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For all the PLAB aspirants, here’s a guide on how to navigate through the selection of language test that is an essential for all the IMGs. I have included some links for the terms that come up during this discussion since this blog post is about which language test should be opted in individual circumstances. Before going through with the discussion, there is a link for some general information about PLAB for the beginners. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_and_Linguistic_Assessments_Board   IELTS: The International English Language Testing System is an English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. You need to take prove your proficiency in English for taking PLAB exam and applying for GMC registration (like PMDC registration in Pakistan).    IELTS has four sections; reading, writing, speaking and listening. To be eligible for sitting in PLAB 1, you need to have a score of 7.5 overall and minimum of 7.0 in each section. With this s