USMLE Step 1 Online Resource

USMLE Step 1 Online Resource

This will be a comprehensive USMLE resource housed in the Wiki.

Subject: Seeking students (all levels) for novel USMLE Step 1 project

Dear c/o 2012 and 2013,
Do you have a special interest in a particular medical topic or specialty? Would you like to become a medical student expert in that area?  If so, read on…
I am currently looking for students who would be interested in developing an online resource that would help students prepare for Step 1. In the process, you will gain more knowledge and experience in the topic or field of your interest, help yourself prepare for Step 1, and be a part of the creation of a special resource for medical students.
You will be acknowledged in any future publications related to this project, and can put this on your resume, which will be helpful in the residency application process.

Please contact me at ucsfstudents@gmail.com  letting me know which topics and/or specialties you are interested in, and I’ll give you more information on the project.As far as the time commitment, it’s really up to you.  And the structure of the project will depend on how creative you and the other students who have signed up are.

Topics:
– Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
– Education/ Learning / Personality Types / Education Technology
– Embryology
– Environmental Health
– Epidemiology/Biostatistics
– Ethics
– Gastrointestinal system
– Genetics
– Health of minority/immigrant/marginalized communities
– Immunology/Autoimmunity
– Infectious Diseases
– Nutrition
– Pharmacology
– Psychology
– Renal system
– Respiratory system
– Other

Specialties:
– Anesthesiology
– Dermatology
– Cardiology
– Emergency Medicine
– Endocrinology
– ENT
– Family Medicine
– General Surgery
– Hematology
– Internal Medicine
– Neurology
– OBGYN
– Oncology
– Opthalmology
– Orthopedic Surgery
– Pathology
– Pediatrics
– Psychiatry
– Radiology
– Urology
– Other

Students who will benefit from participating in this project:

– Students who have excelled in medical school

– Students who plan to teach MSP

– Students who were not happy with their MCAT scores, or scored below the UCSF average

– Students who have had a difficult time passing 1 or more exams

– Students who find Anatomy particularly difficult

– Students who are student leaders, and find themselves participating in several extracurricular activities

– Any student who wish to help others while seeking to get a high score on the USMLE Step 1

 

Please contact me (ucsfstudents@gmail.com) if you have any questions.
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You can choose as many or as few topics to become an expert in:

For example:
Anatomy
– Vertebral column
– Spinal cord and spinal nerves
– Autonomic Nervous System
– Lymphatic system
– Chest wall
– Pleura, tracheobronchial tree, and lungs
– Heart
– Abdominal wall
– Peritoneal cavity
– abdominal vasculature
– Sigmoid colon, rectum, and anal canal
– Spleen
– Kidney
– Adrenal glands
– Female reproductive system
– Male reproductive system
– Pelvis
– Perineum
– Upper limb
– Lower limb
– Head and neck
– Eye
– Ear
Infectious Diseases
Bacteria
– Structure of bacterial cells
– Growth of bacteria
– Genetics of bacteria
– Gram-positive cocci
– Gram-negative cocci
– Gram-positive rods
– Gram-negative rods
– Mycobacteria
– Actinomyces
– Mycoplasmas
– Spirochetes
– Chlamydiae
– Rickettsiae
Viruses
–  virus structure
–  virus replication
–  DNA enveloped viruses
– DNA nonenveloped viruses
– RNA enveloped viruses
– RNA nonenveloped viruses
– Hepatitis viruses
– Arboviruses
– Tumor viruses
– HIV
Fungi
– basic mycology
– cutaneous and subcutaneous mycoses
– systemic mycoses
– opportunistic mycoses
Parasites
– intestinal and urogenical protozoa
– blood and tissue protozoa
– Cestodes
– Trematodes
– Nematodes
Respiratory system
– Disorders of the upper respiratory tract
– Tumors of the upper respiratory tract
– COPD
– Restrictive pulmonary disease
– Pulmonary vascular disease
– Pulmonary infection
– Cancers of the lung
Hematology
– Leukemia
– Myeloproliferative diseases
– Non-neoplastic lymphoid proliferations
– Plasma cell disorders
– Lymphoid neoplasms
Nervous system / Neurology
– Congenital disorders
– Cerebrovascular disease
– Head injuries
– Infections
– Demyelinating diseases
– Ocular disorders
– Tumors
Renal / Kidney / Urinary Tract
– Congenital anomalies of the urinary tract
–  Glomerular diseases
– Urinary tract obstruction
– Infection of the urinary tract and kidney
– Tubular and interstitial disorders of the kidney
– Diffuse cortical necrosis
– Nephrocalcinosis
– Urolithiasis
– Cystic diseases of the kidney
– renal failure
– nonrenal causes of azotemia
– tumors of the kidney, urinary tract, and bladder
– Male/female genital homologues
– Kidney anatomy and glomerular structure
– Fluid compartments
– Renal clearance
– Glomerular filtration barrier
– Glomerular filtration rate
– Effective renal plasma flow
– Filtration
– Free water clearance
– Glucose clearance
– Amino acid clearance
– Nephron physiology
– Renin-angiotensin system
– Juxtaglomerular apparatus (JGA)
– Kidney endocrine functions
– Hormones acting on the kidney
– Acid-base physiology
– Acidosis
– Alkalosis
– Acid-base compensations
– Potter’s syndrome
– Horseshoe kidney
– Casts
– Glomerular pathology
– Kidney stones
– Renal cell carcinoma
– Wilms’ tumor
– Transitional cell carcinoma
– Pyelonephritis
– Diffuse cortical necrosis
– Drug induced interstitial nephritis
– Acute tubular necrosis
– renal papillary necrosis
– Acute renal failure
– Fanconi’s syndrome
– Renal cysts
– Electrolyte abnormalities
– Renal pharmacology
Biochemistry / Molecular Biology
– Vitamins
– Ethanol metabolism / ethanol hypoglycemia
– DNA/ Chromatin / / Mutations in DNA
– Nucleotides / Genetic code/ start and stop codons
– DNA replication / DNA polymerases/ DNA repair
– Regulartion of gene expression
– DNA/RNA/
– Introns/Exons/ RNA splicing/ RNA processing
– RNA types / RNA polymerases /
– Proteins /Protein synthesis / Posttranslation modifications
– Enzyme regulation
– Cell cycle phases
– Cellular components (RER, SER, Golgi apparatus, microtubule, cilia, plasma membrane)
– Sodium pump
– Collagen / Elastin
– Biochemistry related pathology (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Osteogenesis imperfecta,
– Immunohistochemical stains
– Metabolism
– Energy (ATP, carriers, etc)
– Metabolism (Glycolysis, Pyruvate metabolism, Cori cycle, TCA cycle, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation,), gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate pathway, amino acid metabolism, urea cycle, , purine salvage pathways)
– fatty acid metabolism
– liver / lipoproteins
– insulin
– glycogen
– glycogen storage diseases
– lysosomal storage disease
– heme metabolism
– hemoglobin
– molecular biology techniques
– Cells
Nutrition
– Malnutrition / Kwashiorkor / Marasmus
– Vitamins
– Obesity
Pharmacology
– Pharmacokinetics
– Pharmacodynamics
– The autonomic nervous sytem
– Cholinergic agonists
– Cholinergic antagonists
– Adrenergic agonists
– Adrenergic antagonists
– Treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
– Anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs
– CNS stimulants
– Anesthetics
– Antidepressant drugs
– Neuroleptic drugs
– Opioid analgesics and antagonists
– drugs used to treat epilepsy
– The treatment of heart failure
– Antiarrhythmic drugs
– Antianginal drugs
– Antihypertensive drugs
– Drugs affecting the blood
– Antihyperlipedemic drugs
– Diuretic drugs
– Hormones of the pituitary
– Hormones of the thyroid
– Insulin and oral hypoglycemic drugs
– Estrogens and androgens
– Adrenocorticosteroids
– Drugs affecting the respiratory system
– Gastrointestinal and antiemetic drugs
– Erectile dysfunction drugs
– Osteoporosis drugs
– Obesity drugs
– Principles of antimicrobial therapy
– inhibitors of cell wall synthesis
– protein synthesis inhibitors
– folate antagonists, quinolones, and urinary tract antiseptics
– antimycobacterial drugs
– antifungal drugs
– antiprotozoal drugs
– anthelmintic drugs
– antiviral drugs
– anticancer drugs
– immunosuppressants
– anti-inflammatory drugs
– autacoids & autocoid antagonists
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Epidemiology/Biostatistics
– Evaluation of diagnostic tests/  Sensitivity/  Specificity/ – Positive predictive value / Negative predictive value
– Standard deviation / Standard error / correlation coefficient (r)
– Odds ratio / Relative risk
– Coefficient of variation / Confidence interval
– TP,FP, TN,FN
– Types of studies
– Clinical trials
– Prevalence /  incidence
– Precision / Accuracy
– Bias
– Statistical distribution
– Statistical hypothesis / Type I error/Type II error/Power
– t-test / ANOVA / X2
– Disease prevention
– Reportable diseases
– Leading causes of death in US
– Medicare/Medicaid
Education/ Learning / Personality Types / Education Technology
– Learning styles (eg. VARK learning style and suggestions for USMLE prep)
– Personality types and suggestions for USMLE prep
– Ways in which one can use technology to prep for the USMLE
– Other
Gastrointestinal System
– Diseases of the mouth and jaw
– Disease of the salivary glands
– diseases of the esophagus
– diseases of the stomach
– diseases of the small intestine
– diseases of the colon
– diseases of the appendix
– GI physiology
– other
Immunology/Autoimmunity
 – Hypersensitivity
 – Acute inflammation
 – Chronic inflammation
 – Tissue repair
 – Cells of the immune system/Lymphoid structures/Lymphocytes
 – Antibodies 
 – Cytokines / Interferons
 – Cell surface proteins (CD4, CD8, etc)
 – Complement system
 – Human Leukocyte Antigen system/ HLA subtypes & disease
 – Mechanisms of immune injury
 – Transplantation immunology / Transplant rejection
 – Immunodeficiency diseases
 – autoimmunity/ autoantibodies
 – connective tissue (collage) disease
 – amyloidosis 
Genetics
– Chromosomal disorders
– Modes of Inheritance of Monogenic Disorders
– Mendelian Disorders
– Balanced Polymorphism
– Polygenic and Multifactorial Disorders
– Disorders of Sexual Differentiation
– Neoplasia
Definition of genetic terms
– Population genetics
– Imprinting
Muscular dystrophies
– Fagile X syndrome
– Trinucleotide repeat expansion diseases
– autosomal trisomies
– Cri du chat syndrome
– 22q11 syndromes
GI System
Pharmacology
Psychology
Renal System
Cardiology
Endocrinology
ENT
Internal Medicine
Oncology
Ophthalmology
– Urology
  – Diseases of the penis
  – Disease of the testes
  – Diseases of the prostate
  – Other
 
– Endocrinology
   – Anterior pituitary
   – Posterior pituitary
   – Thyroid gland
   – Parathyroid gland
   – Adrenal gland
   – Pancreas
   – Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Syndromes
   – Other
 
– Psychiatry
  – Any sub-topic 
 
As far as the time commitment, it’s really up to you.  You can choose 1 or more topics, and submit them one at a time, depending on your time availability. The structure of the project will depend on how creative you and the other students who have signed up are.
 
Since you are most interested in a topic, check out the USMLE specific topics below and let me know which one(s) you would like to create an online study guide for. The topic(s) you select will be the ones for which you will be deemed the student expert.
 
Here’s a quick summary of the project:
1) The student creates a page or several pages on the wiki using information from the major Step 1 prep books
2) The student is then labeled a student expert on the topic, and will have their name, and about me section posted in the wiki under the student expert page
3) If a medical student has a basic question (it has to be pertient to the USMLE) about your topic of expertise, they will be able to contact you via email and/or phone (your choice).
4) In January of next year, a USMLE forum will take place during which time you can choose to highlight your work and findings.
5) If you like teaching, or if you need to talk through topics to learn it, we will provide avenues for you to do that with a small group of students
 
The benefits to you I think are priceless, and is the real purpose of this project.
– You will learn the material well as you synthesize information on your topic of interest from different sources and type them into the wiki; the wiki can also accomodate images, PDFs, audio, etc.
– You will get a higher score on your USMLE Step 1 (Studies show that students who participate in peer-teaching do better on the USMLE step 1 than those who don’t)
– You will develop your recall abilities by answering questions from other students
– You will find various helpful USMLE resources for your topic of interest (most helpful if you plan to pursue a career in it.. like Allergy & Immunology, for example)
– You will gain a better understanding of you learn best so that when you do start seriously studying for the USMLE, it isn’t a trial and error process.. i.e. you’ll be ready to study in an organized, optimized fashion.
– In the process, you will be matched up with upperclassmen who have already taken the USMLE Step 1, depending on your specific needs and goals.
– We will also try to match you with students who got high scores on the exam
– You will be acknowledged on any future publications
– Helpful if you plan to teach in MSP
– Tons more. 
You can choose to complete 1 topic at a time, all depending on your availability.
Hope to hear from you soon!

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