Showing posts from March, 2018

A Semi-serious but essential guide for Upcoming House Officers

About choosing fields 1. Try to do house job with friends. If you do it alone you make make great friends or you may not. My friends and I dropped our merits , changed the choice of our units (only regretted it once) even did less likeable fields but mostly we did it together. That really helped me specially in majors in a big way (in both emotional and social supports) . 2. If you have interest in a field do house job so you can get some perspective. Three of us friends did that a and decided No , Yes and Pretty sure about our prospective fields. (Radio Psych and Eye but not in that order necessarily  :D ) I did Psych even I after being advised against it. And I did it alone. But I didn't regret it. (Even though sometimes being alone really really sucked )  3. Do a fun specialty which you definitely know you aren't gonna do in future. I did eye and not only I had fun but I also learned some pretty good ophthalmic bases which are really helpful. (Also I finally let go of the fe

How To Apply For House Job

I am assuming everyone is as lost as me, and if you are not then shame on you XD you could have written this blog ages ago for us ;-; So anyways I am  going to try to explain the process of application for housejob (KEMU/MAYO)  It consists of three steps mainly: 1.        Getting a provisional certificate from KE (it a piece of paper used til the degree is issued, stating you graduated from your institute) 2.        Getting a PMDC provisional certification for House job (it states that you can now perform HJ) 3.        Actually applying for the housejob Since I like to utilise my time, I prefer getting all my documents ready in one go. That list is given below. However, if you plan to take each step as it comes, I will be mentioning the required documents (the ones I know of) along with each step. FROM HOME 1.      Around 5 copies of all the DMCs (get 4 sets attested from someone beforehand, one set will be attested by the VC) 2 .   Around 5 copies of your mat

The Step 1 Examination: Preparation and Test-taking Strategies

By Ali Haider Jafry I was able to take the Step 1 exam on the 20 th of September, 2017 in my final year of medical school and managed to score 266, Alhamdulillah. Since a lot of articles detailing the exam’s structure and test-takers’ experiences already exist, here I shall only briefly outline my own experience and try to highlight some of the more important ways in which I had to differ from other students’ preparation strategies. Resources: Kaplan Textbooks and Lectures: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology, Behavioral Sciences Pathoma and Dr. Sattar’s Lectures for Pathology UWorld Online FirstAid Conrad’s 100 Cases for Ethics Step 2 CK Psychiatry Offline Biostatistics UWorld Offline Timeline: I made my decision to take the exam halfway through my 4 th year in medical school. In the same year, I took up the Kaplan textbooks for Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry and studied from Pathoma for Pathology. Once I wa

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

How to tackle CIP

KemUnited held its' first seminar for the year 2018 on Monday, 12th March. It was a detailed session about the do's and dont's of Central Induction Policy (CIP). The session was conducted by Dr. Aneeza Jamshed, Kemcolian of class 2015 and merit no. 1 of Mayo Hospital in January '18 inductions. How to tackle CIP from KemUnited

Guide to Living in the US

This is an extensive guide on how to manage finances and expenses while living in the US. On behalf of KEMUNITED, we congratulate everyone who matched this year. Hopefully you guys will continue helping others! Phone bills, travelling, food and housing are pretty much all that you spend on while you are in USA for electives, and though the following list won’t save you a lot individually but the money saved collectively can help you save a few bucks in your final budget. Housing In general living with someone is always cheaper than getting a room alone. One way to find roommates is to search different Facebook pages like US electives and other forums. Look for any ads related to this, and usually Pakistani residents/elective students do offer temporary residence at nominal costs. PPS, KEMCAANA and Iqbalian house are obviously the cheapest options wherever they are, but they have their own set of problems. AirBNB : Seems to be a bit expensive when you look at the

Event Review : Lights of Hope '18

By Amna Rashid, 1st Year MBBS "Only in the darkness can you see the stars" A heart, full of hope, optimism and generosity… is everything in today's world. Hope gives you peace. Hope gives you confidence. Hope gives you everything you want from life. And generosity is what makes you human. And taking this hope and generosity in our hearts, we lightened the night with the Lights of Hope and invited everyone to look at the sky and witness the beauty of it. Students Patient Welfare Society (SPWS), continuing the legacy, organizes an event called "Lights of Hope" every year, the sole purpose of which is to raise charity and funds for the patients of Mayo Hospital and students of KEMU. This event is organized by the students of KEMU who are the active members of SPWS, under the guidance of Vice Chancellor and President of society. This event consists of a musical gathering and, sky lanterns, and many tempting food stalls that invite the students of KEMU