Chief’s Weekly: Internal Medicine Case 3

Boost your USMLE(R) Step 2 CK and Step 3 score with Kaplan Medical’s Dr. Niket Sonpal. Join us for three exclusive episodes of Chief’s Weekly: Internal Medicine where Dr. Sonpal shares a case question and explanation to help you master the boards and the wards.


 

Dr. Niket Sonpal is the 2013-2014 is the Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northshore LIJ Health System and the co-author for the best selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CKMaster the Boards Step 3, and Master the Boards: Internal Medicine.  

 

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Chief’s Weekly: Internal Medicine Case 2

Boost your USMLE(R) Step 2 CK and Step 3 score with Kaplan Medical’s Dr. Niket Sonpal. Join us for three exclusive episodes of Chief’s Weekly: Internal Medicine where Dr. Sonpal shares a case question and explanation to help you master the boards and the wards.


 

Dr. Niket Sonpal is the 2013-2014 is the Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northshore LIJ Health System and the co-author for the best selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CKMaster the Boards Step 3, and Master the Boards: Internal Medicine.  

 

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USMLE Step 2 CK Minimum Passing Score Increases Yet Again

Step 2 CK MPSBy Maana Haghani

USMLE® Step 2 CK Minimum Passing Score Increase – June 2014
I was in Houston on June 2 to teach a Step 2 CK Test Taking Strategies seminar in the Kaplan live program. As soon I finished the seminar and checked my emails, I noticed an email from the ECFMG Newsletter on the Step 2 CK minimum passing score increase. I remembered how I had just told the students that the passing score was 203 and what they had to do to score well beyond the minimum required score. 

Why the change?
Generally, the USMLE Management Committee conducts a review of the USMLE exams’ minimum passing score. According to USMLE.org, based on consideration of certain criteria such as data on examinees’ performance and surveying various group, the committee decided to raise the recommended Step 2 CK minimum passing score from 203 to 209. This change is … view full post »

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Chief’s Weekly: Internal Medicine Case 1

Boost your USMLE(R) Step 2 CK and Step 3 score with Kaplan Medical’s Dr. Niket Sonpal. Join us for three exclusive episodes of Chief’s Weekly: Internal Medicine where Dr. Sonpal shares a case question and explanation to help you master the boards and the wards.


 

 

Dr. Niket Sonpal is the 2013-2014 is the Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northshore LIJ Health System and the co-author for the best selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CKMaster the Boards Step 3, and Master the Boards: Internal Medicine.  

 

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Residency Application Series: Is the Looming Residency Shortage Overstated?

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Over the last several years, much has been written on the statistics that predict a shortage of residency spots given the opening of several medical schools and the relatively stable number of graduate medical education slots. The decision to create more options for undergraduate medical education was predicated on the predicted future physician shortage.

Data recently released on the 2014 Match(SM) by the NRMP(R) show that the gap between numbers of allopathic medical school graduates and PGY-1 positions has remained fairly stable. Since 2002, the combined number of graduate students from U.S. allopathic and osteopathic schools has been lower than the total number of available first year positions in NRMP and AOA matches. At a recent graduate medical education meeting that I attended, interestingly, there was no talk of an impending shortage of residency spots. Perhaps … view full post »

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Issues Facing the VA Medical System

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“I’m Sorry Sir, We Have to Cancel Your Surgery Today”

Sure, there are worse things you can be forced to tell a patient, but seeing the reaction in my patient’s face after having to tell him we were canceling his hip replacement made me feel as though I’d just told him something far worse.   He’d been having severe pain in his right hip for several months and had been able to walk only a few steps at a time for several weeks due to the debilitating pain.  It’s hard to imagine how much he was looking forward to relief from pain and being able to walk again.

To make things worse, our patient was lying on the operating table preparing to undergo anesthesia induction when we got together with the anesthesia team and made the decision.  We felt … view full post »

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Calm from Chaos: a Brief Checklist to Bring Order to Hospital Life

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The organized chaos of residency training is enough to stress your capabilities to maximum capacity (that is, in some way, the very goal). How are you to grow beyond your current self if you do not get challenged…the answer is, you can’t. So, we grow from novices to masters of chaos management.

Between clinical, academic, and administrative duties, attempting to conjure a semblance of order from the chaos is a learned art. Some appear to do it effortlessly, but we all struggle to juggle these responsibilities. There were nights as chief resident of the women’s hospital, in charge of overseeing labor and delivery, antepartum, postpartum, gynecology, oncology, and emergency room consults, that the tasks seemed insurmountable.

What to do? These are some tips learned from those older and wiser than I that carried me through. You … view full post »

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Residency Application Series: The Personal Statement Matters

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Though there’s only a hint of summer in the air, it’s not too early to be thinking about writing your personal statement if you’re applying for the 2015 Match(SM).  Prospective residents often put off this part of their application until the last minute, but it makes sense to begin early to give you a chance to refine, revise, and scratch and start over if needed.  Also, it’s advisable to give your letter of recommendation writers your personal statement along with your CV so that they are able to personalize your letter and get a well rounded picture of who you are.

I attended a college application workshop recently since my daughter is in high school. The panelists provided interesting advice about writing an effective and strong college personal statement:  they advised college hopefuls to think about … view full post »

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Internal Medicine Boards: The Physicians Overly Attached Significant Other

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We have all seen the meme of the overly attached girlfriend, but for physicians we have another significant other – EXAMS! As a chief resident, you begin to settle into your job but you forget very quickly that even though the USMLE or COMLEX exams have been in the past for 2 years, there is something looming in the future. You just start getting over the PTSD of Step 2 and Step 3, the nightmares become less frequent and BOOM, before you know it is time for the ABIM. Yes I know many of you will say that the yearly In-service Training Exam will keep those feelings of anxiety and cortisol levels high, but nothing is like taking the Boards for your primary specialty. The American Board of insert your specialty here (Internal Medicine for me) … view full post »

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The CCS Part of USMLE Step 3: The Deal Breaker We All Forget

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For many of us by the time USMLE Step 3 rolls around, we are in full fledged chill out mode. Why? Because life begins after USMLE Step 1, careers begin after Step 2CK/CS, and Step 3 is as perfunctory as having to write thank you cards for someone who gave you socks for the holidays. However that Step 3 exam should not be discounted as easy or a walk in the park. The old adage of “two months for Step 1, 2 weeks for Step 2 and a number 2 pencil for Step 3” will get you into a lot of trouble. Besides the Prometric center confiscating your number 2 pencil, failing the Step 3 can prevent you from getting a residency or if you are already in residency cause negative attention to you as a … view full post »

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