Tales from the front lines: Leland Stillman

Posted by firecrackerinc on Aug 21, 2012 9:33:21 PM

One of the respiratory therapists (RTs) is holding the Doppler over the patient's femoral vein. I can hear the patient's blood pumping, in time with my hands pumping up and down on his chest. He had coded in the ICU, after we had stabilized him from his motor-vehicle-accident. He was in recovery. His family had expected to see him soon.

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Topics: USMLE, Tales from the front line, Medical Education

USMLE Question of the Week!

Posted by chat@firecracker.me on Jul 26, 2011 4:55:17 PM

A 42 year old migrant Mexican farm worker comes to the emergency room complaining of fever and chest pain. The pain started 3 days ago and is substernal and does not radiate. As you examine the patient you notice that the pain seems to get worse while he is laying down, and improves somewhat when you ask him to sit up in the bed. On review of systems, he states that he has experienced a 15lb unintentional weight loss over the last 3 months and has also been having a cough, night sweats and intermittent fevers during this time. Vital signs are T 38.8 BP 134/82 P 88 RR 20 O2 97%. Exam reveals a man seated uncomfortably in the bed with mild bitemporal wasting. Sclera are anicteric and mucous membranes are moist. The oropharynx is clear without exudates or erythema. There is no cervical lymphadenopathy. Chest wall is nontender. Cardiac auscultation reveals normal S1 and S2 with a 2 part friction rub heard substernally. Lung exam is positive for coarse breath sounds on the left. Routine labs, CXR and EKG are all ordered and are pending."

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Topics: USMLE

USMLE Question of the Week!

Posted by firecrackerinc on Jul 26, 2011 4:55:17 PM

A 42 year old migrant Mexican farm worker comes to the emergency room complaining of fever and chest pain. The pain started 3 days ago and is substernal and does not radiate. As you examine the patient you notice that the pain seems to get worse while he is laying down, and improves somewhat when you ask him to sit up in the bed. On review of systems, he states that he has experienced a 15lb unintentional weight loss over the last 3 months and has also been having a cough, night sweats and intermittent fevers during this time. Vital signs are T 38.8 BP 134/82 P 88 RR 20 O2 97%. Exam reveals a man seated uncomfortably in the bed with mild bitemporal wasting. Sclera are anicteric and mucous membranes are moist. The oropharynx is clear without exudates or erythema. There is no cervical lymphadenopathy. Chest wall is nontender. Cardiac auscultation reveals normal S1 and S2 with a 2 part friction rub heard substernally. Lung exam is positive for coarse breath sounds on the left. Routine labs, CXR and EKG are all ordered and are pending."

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Topics: USMLE

Step 1 & The Residency Match

Posted by chat@firecracker.me on Jul 30, 2010 10:16:32 AM

With August just around the corner, I got a bit nostalgic about the start of the academic year. A bunch of my friends are just about to start med school, even more friends have just started internships & fellowships, and all around the country M2's are starting to think about Step 1.

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Topics: USMLE, Medical Education, Residency

Step 1 & The Residency Match

Posted by firecrackerinc on Jul 30, 2010 10:16:32 AM

With August just around the corner, I got a bit nostalgic about the start of the academic year. A bunch of my friends are just about to start med school, even more friends have just started internships & fellowships, and all around the country M2's are starting to think about Step 1.

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Topics: USMLE, Medical Education, Residency

Gunner Training's 1-year Anniversary

Posted by chat@firecracker.me on Jul 22, 2010 6:32:54 AM

The end of April marked our 1-year anniversary as a company. I had planned to post about it at the time, but we were finishing up our new (and awesome) MCAT product. Also, life in the lab was suddenly hectic as well.

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Topics: USMLE, New Features, USMLE Step 1

Gunner Training's 1-year Anniversary

Posted by firecrackerinc on Jul 22, 2010 6:32:54 AM

The end of April marked our 1-year anniversary as a company. I had planned to post about it at the time, but we were finishing up our new (and awesome) MCAT product. Also, life in the lab was suddenly hectic as well.

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Topics: USMLE, New Features, USMLE Step 1

The New (2.0) Interface of Medical Education

Posted by chat@firecracker.me on Sep 22, 2009 5:09:17 PM

Last week we launched the second iteration of Gunner Training. This project took a few months to complete. Our primary target was making a good user experience even better. Judging from our users' responses, we achieved that goal. Here's some of the feedback we got:

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Topics: USMLE, New Features, Spaced Learning, USMLE Step 1

The New (2.0) Interface of Medical Education

Posted by firecrackerinc on Sep 22, 2009 5:09:17 PM

Last week we launched the second iteration of Gunner Training. This project took a few months to complete. Our primary target was making a good user experience even better. Judging from our users' responses, we achieved that goal. Here's some of the feedback we got:

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Topics: USMLE, New Features, Spaced Learning, USMLE Step 1

New Features! Med School & Step 1 Just Got More Sweet

Posted by chat@firecracker.me on Jun 15, 2009 2:38:17 AM

It's been a very busy but productive couple of weeks here at Gunner Training. One of our core philosophies is continual improvement, often based on user feedback.

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Topics: USMLE, New Features, USMLE Step 1

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