We are final year medical students at Barts who have sat our USMLEs and have just passed finals. Having gone through med school we and many others have struggled on particular topics in various organ systems.
The USMLEs are sat by thousands of medical students every year where everyone sits an exam built from the same question bank. This has led to the rise of many USMLE resources (books/audio/video series) dedicated to helping students ace their tests. We found these resources to be excellent (many of them updated annually!) not just for our USMLEs but for our Barts exams as well.
Our first lecture is on Renal medicine. I have chosen topics within renal which Bart students usually struggle at and I will use information from various USMLE resources which helped us learn and understand these topics and teach them to you!
I will go over renal tubular physiology. Then i will use this to explain how various drugs and diseases cause their characteristic electrolyte and metabolic changes. I found it difficult to simply memorize how a drug/disease causes a hyper/hypochloraemic + hyper/hypokalaemic + metabolic acid/alkalosis. It was just too easy to get mixed up and forget them. Instead i'll teach you a system which you can use in the exam and work it out yourself!
I will also go over and explain high yield Nephritic/Nephrotic syndromes, what you need to know and ways to remember them!
Overall i think this will be useful for 2nd/3rd/4th/5th years and of course anyone revising for their USMLE Step 1.
The lecture should last 2 hours. - If there is extra time left at the end, i can cover any other renal topics you find difficult.
If this lecture proves to be popular, we hope to then give lectures on other organ systems in the future.
Time: 6pm Thursday 14th April
Location: The Garrod Building Room 1.21
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