I Got My USMLE Step 1 Score Today

I received this email from one of my students today Hello Dear Dr. Makar I am still in shock. I received my score report today and I got 256. OMG, I can't believe. I wasn't even expecting to pass. Remember when I called you 3 days before the test and told you I am not [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for a drug used in PreExposure Prophylaxis against HIV infection. Each tablet contains TDF (300 mg) and FTC (200 mg). PrEP is used in cases of HIV-negative persons who are at increased risk of acquiring HIV infection such as: 1- Those who have sex with HIV-positive partner. 2- Those who have a recent history [...]

By | October 30th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

What is USMLE?

USMLE is the United States Medical Licensure Examination.  All medical graduates need to pass this test to be eligible to practice medicine in the United States of America. It evaluates your ability to apply medical knowledge, principles and skills to effective and safe patient care. Check you eligibility to take the USMLE: All medical students enrolled [...]

By | October 15th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|2 Comments

USMLE Step 1 Highlights (4)

1- A 1-year-old boy with a history of many bacterial, viral and fungal infections presents to his physician with chronic diarrhea. Laboratory tests show that both B- and T-Lymphocytes counts are very low. What is the most likely diagnosis, etiology and treatment? This is most likely a case of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) caused by adenosine deaminase [...]

By | September 18th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

USMLE Step 1 Highlights (3)

1- A 30 year-old man complains of severe headache for 3 months. It is worse on the mornings and accompanied by nausea and projectile vomiting. His wife noticed changes in his behavior and deterioration of vision and sense of smell. What is your diagnosis? What is the affected area? This is a brain tumor suggested [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

USMLE Step 1 Highlights (2)

1- A 34 year-old man presents to the ER complaining of fevers, chills, headache and malaise. He was in a trip to India 3 weeks ago and he was getting some flea bites all over his body during his trip. On physical examination, his vital signs are within normal limits and there is a maculopapular [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

USMLE Step 2 CK Highlights (2)

1-A 32-year-old man complains of right scrotal swelling for one week. He noticed it after carrying a big screen TV. His past medical, surgical and family histories are unremarkable. Examination reveals enlarged right scrotal mass that can be reduced by pushing it back through the external inguinal ring. Upon coughing, it protrudes with no pain [...]

By | September 5th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

Medical Mnemonics (1)

1- Causes of low PLATELETS thrombocytopenia: Platelets Problems as TTP, ITP, DIC Leukemia Anemia Trauma Enlarged spleen Liver disease Ethanol Toxins as aspirin toxicity, chemotherapy, benzene Sepsis 2- Causes of PinPoint Pupil Pontine Pathology oPioids 3- Features of Scleroderma, local and systemic (CREST) Calcinosis Raynaud’s phenomenon Esophageal dysmotility Sclerodactyly Telangiectasia

By | August 13th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments

USMLE Step 1 Highlights (1)

1- A 27-year-old black woman complains of non-productive cough, SOB, fatigue and malaise. X-ray shows bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy. What is your diagnosis? How does this condition affect ACE? This is a case of sarcoidosis. It affects mostly black women (80%) at the age of 20-40. ACE is elevated in about 70% of cases and is used [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|USMLE Highlights|0 Comments