Know these 7 Vaccinations for the Boards and Shelf Exams, No Matter What Jenny McCarthy Says

While most of the ABIM Examination topics fall neatly into organ system categories, not all of them fit into this schematic. These include: primary care screening guidelines, substance abuse, vaccinations, etc. Here at Knowmedge, we’ve incorporated this important group of subject areas into General Internal Medicine, similar to the American College of Physicians’ Internal Medicine In-Training Exam Blueprint. Earlier this week, we reviewed the 5 key eye diseases seen on the ABIM board and NBME shelf exams. Today we explore the high-yield topic of vaccinations.   A comprehensive adult immunization schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (unlike other preventive health measures, vaccination guidelines are not released by the USPSTF). Fortunately, you don’t need to memorize the entire CDC chart. Instead, for the ACP Internal Medicine in-training exam, ABIM boards and NBME shelf exam, focus on these 7 vaccinations:  1. Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) – Administer Tdap to all adults who have not previously received Tdap or whose vaccination status is unknown. – Boost with Td every 10 yrs.   2. Influenza – All individuals age 6 months and older should be vaccinated yearly since the targeted influenza strains changes on a yearly basis.   3. Herpes zoster (Shingles) – Adults 60 years of age and older should receive a single dose of the zoster vaccine. This is regardless of whether the patient has had...

The Underlying Message of the MEDemoiselles’ Sexy Calendar

It’s not uncommon to see women in satin corsets, sporting fishnet stockings held up by garter belts, draped in feather boas for a calendar spread. Burlesque is a genre known to celebrate beauty, with an appreciation for the curvy female figure, deviating from the mainstream ideal of beauty. Dance revues and calendars are so common in today’s society, that people hardly blink an eye when they pass by a flyer for a show or see a calendar with scantily clad women on display. Except when the cover of that calendar involves a group of female medical students. Last year, 10 Canadian medical students from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, posed in a fundraiser calendar to benefit a multiple sclerosis charity and to partially fund their prom. The MEDemoiselles, as they called themselves, wanted to create a sexy, yet tasteful calendar to raise money for a worthy cause, just as their male counterparts (Sexy Calendar Docs) did the year prior. Within 4 days, the group raised over $2,000. Despite the rapid monetary success, slut-shaming ensued on social media and the girls eventually withdrew their calendar from publication, returning a portion of pre-purchase funds to the would-be buyers.   Whereas the MEDemoiselles were heavily scrutinized for being photographed wearing more clothing than can be seen on a pool deck, nobody bat an eyelash the year prior when the “Sexy Calendar Docs”...

How Med Students Envision Match Day

Congratulations! All of your hard work over the past 4 years has finally paid off! And you only have at least 3 more years until you are actually an attending and don’t have to give your seat up for a doctor’s pocketbook! So in honor of match day we take a look at how future specialists feel when receiving those previous white...

Last Year 1,700 Students Didn’t Match, And The Numbers Are Only Getting Worse

Every year, more and more graduating medical students are not matching. This is a huge problem not only for these medical students who are without jobs, but also for America’s growing physician shortage. Learn more at...

Best of the Best: Our 6 Favorite Tweets From Match Week

Match Day is just a day away! While this day causes many 4th year med students an almost unbearable about of anxiety, let’s not forget that it is also a very exciting and rewarding time! We’ve had our eyes out for the best tweets of Match Week to share and celebrate the success of all M4s. Good luck!!   1. I feel like you can’t look at this picture and without feeling happy and excited. We truly enjoy seeing smiling faces for dreams made a reality!   2. As difficult as it is sometimes, following your dreams wholeheartedly will be worth it.   3. It’s always nice to hear someone who has already been in your shoes explain that going into medicine brought them happiness. I think that hearing these words of encouragement during times of great stress and uncertainty is reassuring and reminds med students of how fortunate they are to have reached their goals.   4. Awesome to see so many med students who’ve likely been through the rough times together now with huge smiles and enjoying each other’s success. For me, this demonstrates the importance of collaborating and building relationships in med school. Gotta have people by your side for the good times and the bad!   5. Not only is Match Day exciting for the M4s who match, but also for their friends and family....

How Remus Lupin and Yoda Taught Me the Power of Mentorship

A big part of medical education is mentoring. The term ‘mentor’ originates from Homer’s the Odyssey and refers to an advisor. The roles of mentors vary, but generally serve to guide mentees through work, support them during the process, keep them grounded and focused on the task at hand, and provide general moral support. Over the weekend, at the Pritzker Revisit session on Scholarship and Discovery, our own students stated the number one thing to consider when finding a project was finding a great mentor. How does one find a great mentor? Well, our students are encouraged to seek “CAPE” mentors- think Superhero mentors. The mentor should be Capable, Available, have a Project that is of interest to the student, and Easy to get along with.  Capable means that the mentor has the skills to not only be a good mentor, but also to carry out the task or project at hand. This may sound odd, but sometimes faculty are so excited to have a medical student work for them, they may make the false assumption that the medical student will help them with tasks (i.e. statistics) that they themselves don’t know. Availability is especially important as the number one reason our students state they had a less than optimal experience in the summer doing scholarly work is that their mentor was not available. While availability of all doctors is an issue, the question is often whether...

The 80 Second Refresher on Parts of the Brain… by The Brain

If you’re in need of a a quick 80 second refresher on the parts of the brain, who better to teach you than Brain? (and Pinky, of...

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