Exam AdviceEdit

  • This exam is heavy micro. Referring back to the gram (-) and gram (+) algorhithms from Step 1 First Aid occured several times during the exam. Be able to identify what class of abx a drug is by name, know it's spectrum. Know the most common bugs that cause diseases like pharyngitis, endocarditis, otitis media, otitis externa, etc. Know how to treat those bugs. Know about exceptions based on concurrent risk factors like HIV, DM and how to treat those.
  • HIV prophylaxis guidelines based on CD4 count. Know the bugs and how to dx them with lab tests (xray, gram stain, etc.). Know how to tx the bugs and how to prophylax.
  • Meningitis differential and how to ddx and tx.
  • Know all types of anemia and how to ddx from MCV and significant cell types shown on peripheral smear.
  • Name of vitamins (A, C, D, etc.) and verbose names (retinol, ascorbic acid, cholecalciferol, etc.) and what occurs when these vitamins are deficit.
  • Know the NYHA classification for CHF. Good wiki chart.