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USMLE Step 1 Question Breakdown: 32 Year Old Woman with Altered Mental Status and Petechial Rash
Posted by Graham Boyd

Practice questions are an essential component of preparation for USMLE Step 1. However, when preparing for such an important test, it’s best to make sure you understand exactly why an answer is correct. A higher level of conceptual understanding will go a long way on the real exam! Here is a sample USMLE question with a breakdown of all the relevant information and answer choices:

Top 3 Reasons to use UWorld in Tandem with Classes as an M2
Posted by Graham Boyd

UWorld is widely known to be the gold standard question bank for Step 1 studying. Here at MST, we see consistent and significant improvement from our students who spend the most time with it. However, there’s a lot of advice out there about when to start using UWorld for studying. Should it be used alongside classes or saved for a dedicated study period? We strongly recommend using this invaluable resource throughout your entire M2 year, and here’s why:

USMLE Step 1 Question Breakdown: 34 Year Old Woman with Elevated Blood Pressure
Posted by Graham Boyd

A 34-year-old woman with no significant past medical history presents to clinic for a follow up visit after an elevated blood pressure at her last physical examination. In clinic today, her blood pressure is 160/100. Cardiac examination is unremarkable and all pulses are full and equal. There are no signs of peripheral edema. On laboratory evaluation, plasma renin activity is found to be low and serum creatinine levels are normal. The patient receives an abdominal CT, which reveals bilateral enlargement of the adrenal glands.

USMLE Question Breakdown: Structural Changes to the Heart
Posted by Graham Boyd

The following is a sample USMLE Step 1 question, with explanation: 

A 62-year-old man presented to the emergency room with a 45-minute history of severe chest pain. EKG shows ST elevations in leads II, III, and aVF. Shortly after being admitted to the hospital, the patient developed ventricular fibrillation and passed away despite resuscitation attempts. On autopsy, the heart was found to have an enlarged left atrium, an increase in left ventricular mass, and an increase in left ventricular wall thickness.

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