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Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A 30-year-old male presents with a deep thigh mass that he notes has been present for several years. A biopsy section is shown here. What is the diagnosis? ... Read on »
Microcytosis and hypochromasia by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Q. What is the pathophysiology of microcytes in iron-deficiency anemia (IDA)? I mean I understand that hypochromasia is due to low hemoglobin content, but what mak ... Read on »
What does phospholipid do in the PT and PTT? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Q. I have a quick question about coag lab tests. In the tests that you are adding phospholipid (like the PTT), what exactly is the phospholipid doing? A. It’s ... Read on »
What does the blood look like in myeloma? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here’s a good question to test your knowledge of myeloma. Q. Which of the following peripheral blood findings is most common in patients with multipl ... Read on »
Absolute vs. corrected reticulocyte count by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine   Q. I have one question, and you are my last hope. What is the difference between the absolute and corrected reticulocyte count? I thought they were the same ... Read on »
Boards Help! Advice from students who took boards. by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For the third and final part of our series on how to study for boards (see part 1 and part 2 ) we’ll take a look at advice from students who recently took the board ... Read on »
Boards Help! A strategy for answering boards questions. by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the second in a series of three posts on boards (check out the last one , which covered how to choose resources and set up a study plan). In this post, we’l ... Read on »
Boards Help! How to make a plan and choose resources. by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It’s April, which means a lot of people are studying for boards. If you’re like me, you haven’t started studying, but you’ve spent a lot of time worrying about stud ... Read on »
Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A 16-year-old male presents with a nagging, worsening cough that has been present for 4 weeks. His blood smear is shown here. What is the diagnosis? A. Bord ... Read on »
Why do you see Howell-Jolly bodies in sickle cell anemia? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here’s a great question from a reader. Q. Why are Howell-Jolly bodies seen in sickle cell anemia?  That’s where I am getting caught up. Also, what is the pathop ... Read on »
Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A 7-year-old male presents with headache, vomiting and gait ataxia.  A noncontrast head CT shows a hyperdense mass in the posterior fossa. A biopsy is performed, and a rep ... Read on »
MHC genes demystified by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Q. I have a question on MHC receptors being polymorphic. Does this mean your MHC receptors are all the same, but just different from all of mine, which are the same as eac ... Read on »
Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It’s been a while since we’ve had an unknown case! These cases are a nice, low-stress way to test your pathology knowledge. Take a look at the question and photo, and the ... Read on »
The top 10 posts of 2014 by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Happy 2015 everybody! I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday season. Still a few days left to catch up on sleep and watch Netflix… Each year I like to put together a lis ... Read on »
Physician and student suicide by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Today’s post is a break from our series on how to give a medical presentation (I’ll pick it up again next week). A reader sent me a link to an article on physician ... Read on »
Medical presentation tip #5: Make your graphs awesome by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Graphs show up frequently in medical presentations. They usually provide data that is critical to the message of the talk (for example, survival statistics in a presentat ... Read on »
Medical presentation tip #4: Don’t read off the slides by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine We’ve all attended lectures in which the presenter basically read all the words right off his or her slides. That gets old fast. It makes you wonder why you’re in the lec ... Read on »
Medical presentation tip #3: Use the right font by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Your choice of font can make the difference between clear, professional-looking slides and unreadable, amateurish slides. It’s that important. Everyone knows you shouldn’ ... Read on »
Why, why, why D-dimer? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This song by TheMashedPotatoMan is a hilarious and memorable reminder of one very important aspect of the D-dimer assay, which is this: It’s a SUPER-SENSITIVE test. ... Read on »
Medical presentation tip #2: Don’t crowd the slide with text. by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of the most common faux pas in medical presentations is making slides that are jam-packed with text. It might arise out of a desire to make sure students get a ... Read on »