Friday, October 28, 2011

Turning the Pages of Medical History

"Among the most beautiful and sought after objects of antiquity are the books and manuscripts created hundreds of years ago, and carefully preserved in libraries."
For those of us unable, or unwilling to wait to travel to the British Library or the National Library of Medicine; a handful of exquisite classics from the historical biomedical literature may now be explored virtually!

Click on the post title to begin your journey by scrolling through The Edwin Smith Papyrus,
"the world’s oldest surviving surgical text,..written in Egyptian hieratic script around the 17th century BCE, but probably based on material from a thousand years earlier. The papyrus is a textbook on trauma surgery, and describes anatomical observations and the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of numerous injuries in exquisite detail."

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Monday, October 17, 2011

New Rules for Retaking the USMLE

PLEASE NOTE: The USMLE program have made adjustments to their rules regarding the retaking of the USMLE. The following is a quick overview of the changes that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
"Starting January 1, 2012, examinees will be limited in the amount of times they can retake the USMLE within a calendar year. The following rules will apply to applications submitted before this date.

Examinees will be limited to:
4 attempts within a 12 month period for USMLE Step 1, 2 CK and 3.
3 attempts within a 12 month period for Step 2 CS.

For applications submitted on or after January 1, 2012, examinees will be limited to:
3 attempts within a 12 month period.
A 4th attempt must be at least 12 months after the first attempt and at least 6 months after the most recent attempt.

Examinees should take into consideration that their eligibility periods may be adjusted as necessary to fulfill these rules."
[extracted from AMSA's Test Prep Corner]

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

2011 Caribbean HIV Conference

The 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference: Strengthening Evidence To Achieve Sustainable Action, Bahamas, November 18-21, 2011

The conference goal is to sharpen the focus on HIV in the Caribbean, the region with the world's second highest adult HIV prevalence. In 2008, approximately 240,000 people in the region were living with HIV, 20,000 new infections occurred, and 12,000 deaths resulted from AIDS-related illnesses (UNAIDS).

Click on post title to link to the conference website.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Information Search Assist: Drop In Q&A Session

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