How to Score High for the USMLE Step 1

You worked hard for your basic sciences and now you need to pass the USMLE Step 1 with a kickass score. Fortunately, the resources required for the Step 1 is not as a vast as the Step 2 CK. It all boils down to two resources: USMLE World question bank and the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book.

The resources overall:

Dr. Najeeb Videos

Dr. Najeeb videos is gold and I think when you do not know anything, you should start watching those videos first before trying anything else.

Kaplan Videos

Kaplan videos are very comprehensive, but they waste a lot of time reading off the slides to you instead of drawing things out like Dr. Najeeb. The Behavioral science section for the Step 1 is perfect which provides excellent explanation of Ethics and Biostatistics.

Pathoma

Dr. Sattar, from University of Chicago, does a great job smoothly explaining the pathology behind every diseases. He offers an online video course and book to follow along.

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

This should be your bible for the Step 1 as it has an outline for 80% of what will be on the test. Remember this is not a book so you can not just open it from page one and expect to read it smoothly to the last page. However, make sure you write all your notes on this.

Doctor In Training (DIT)

This DIT course is excellent if you can not figure out how to use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. This course helps in going back and forth and how and what to annotate on the book to fully understand each and every concept.

USMLE World Question Bank

USMLE World for the Step 1 is the ultimate resource which is a must. It is the most difficult question bank I have ever used but it helped me get a good score on the test. This question bank should be done simultaneously as you are doing DIT and reading the First Aid book.

These are the resources I used and I scored a score higher than the national average for the USMLE Step 1 . It's up to which resources you will use to study for the exam; however, you should note that USMLE World question bank and the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book is mandatory to use. This test is not easy and it requires a lot of time and effort so you have to be fully committed to this test, as in you should breath, dream, and live this test. …

The Psychology of Fame

On studying the experience of fame and the perception of fame with psychological theories

Fame as we know is public recognition or renown and one’s reputation in the world. Fame is associated with our needs for power, status, recognition and our needs of achievement. The need for fame could be of various types and would be triggered or associated with different motives of doing greater social good, reaching high levels of achievement in one’s career, leaving one’s work and ideas for posterity, being productive or making money.

Celebrities as who are in showbiz or entertainment may have varied motives for seeking fame and these would be related to providing genuine entertainment to people as doing social good or simply as urge to act, sing or prove their talents, or they could be motivated to make money. Entertainers and actors or musicians are motivated by fame as it relates to social recognition and social status and love needs. Politicians on the other hand have directly public rather than personal reasons for their fame and this is related to doing social good and serving the public as well as reaching a point in their career that would indicate higher achievements. Politicians or social leaders are motivated by fame as it relates to social power, reputation and power or status needs. Writers, philosophers, scientists and intellectuals are however primarily motivated by fame as a need to keep something for posterity, and to use their creativity, to do something exalted and go beyond human limitations of existence. Intellectuals, philosophers and sometimes scientists are motivated by fame as it relates to immortality and intellectual or creative leadership although they also have social recognition needs and social status, power and sometimes material needs. Although generally writers and intellectuals are less motivated by their basic needs of love and security and more motivated by needs of self realization and sublimation through creativity, intellectuals may at times crave love, recognition and even power. In case of geniuses and enlightened intellectuals like Einstein, Buddha or Newton, fame needs are primarily a need to establish intellectual superiority and leave knowledge and enlightenment for the future generations.

Freud has explained needs of recognition with sex drives as high sex drives would also mean a genuine striving towards achievement. Aggressive, competitive personalities or simply high sexual individuals would have stronger achievement, recognition, power needs and the genius according to Freud is constantly guided by a need to sublimate the sexual desires through creative output. Fame needs in the genius is thus only covert rather than overt and fame is seen as reward for other types of behaviour and more overt needs such as creative pursuit.

So the creative genius is one who is completely addicted and caught into the process of creativity and in many cases, is unable to lead a normal life and fame happens either in his lifetime or posthumously mainly as a reward. This reward in lifetime then reinforces further creative achievement and a positive cycle ensures lasting fame …

What Is A Trade Career?

A trade career involves an individual having a set of specialized abilities. The skills may range from construction to HVAC to plumbing. While some of these individuals may hold associates, bachelors, or even masters degrees, the majority have usually attended a trade school, participated in an apprenticeship, and may have earned additional certification beyond the base qualifications. The examples below highlight the most common and well-known trade careers.

Electrician

Those who wish to enter into this field usually attend a vocational technical school, or participate in an apprenticeship program. Those who choose the apprenticeship program are also usually required to take part in a few courses in a classroom setting. The main skills these individuals will learn include testing, assembling, installing, inspecting, maintaining, and diagnosing different electrical systems, wiring, and components. As these individuals will frequently be near high voltage, instruction should also include detailed safety training.

HVAC

This acronym is short for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC). These individuals typically train at technical or trade schools, or partake in junior or community college course. Apprenticeship programs are also common, and typically take three to five years to complete. While in any program, these individuals should learn how to install, repair, and maintain equipment such as heating pumps, air conditioning, heating units, refrigeration, burners, electric motors, and boilers.

Construction Manager

This career is one that actually values experience over education. However, this fact exists for only earning this title, other than gaining construction manager certification, which is required at most job sites. This certification will prove an individual has experience in advanced construction and design. While in this career, these professionals typically opt to earn further certification in specialized areas, which allows their expertise and marketability to expand. Some may also earn a two to four degree in a relevant area such as construction engineering, building science, construction management, and construction science, among other similar areas.

Plumber

This trade career is probably the most widely recognized and remembered. Those who are interested in this career typically participate in an apprenticeship program, which will take approximately four to five years to complete. However, individuals may also enroll in technical or community colleges, which offer relevant programs or smaller courses in particular skills, such as taking apart a kitchen sink. In order to begin an apprenticeship, individuals must have first earned at least a high school diploma. A high score on the ACT in the math section may also improve acceptance into these programs.…

Federal and Private Grants For Online Education

Online education is fast becoming the choice of most working adults and stay-at-home moms who want to pursue higher education. Getting a web-based education is a practical choice, as it gives the students flexibility to do their other obligations and study at the same time. Over 4 million students now benefit from online education and this number will increase annually as students find it more convenient to study online.

Although these programs provide more benefits in terms of time and flexibility, most of them are just as expensive as traditional education programs. However, there are federal grants that are available for students who wish to study online yet do not have enough financial means to do so.

Just like most federal study grants, online school grants are awarded based on financial need. If you plan to avail of these grants, the first thing to do is to fill up a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which you can access online from the federal student aid website. After completing the FAFSA, you have to submit this to the Department of Education which will evaluate your need status and will inform you which grant you are eligible for.

With this form, you have to demonstrate that you or your family has a low Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and you cannot adequately support your college education. Applicants with the least EFC are given priority for most federal study grants.

One of the most common grant programs is the Federal Pell Grant which extends financial aid to undergraduate students who may be enrolled in traditional or online education programs. There are also grants tailored for a specific field, such as the TEACH Grant which is designed for teachers who are willing to teach high need and remote areas and the SMART Grant which is for students in science, math or computer science. There are also some companies that provide grants to students who may form part of the workforce of these companies after graduation.

If you plan to use on grant awards to finance your online education, make sure that the online program you will choose is fully accredited by the Department of Education. If you are not eligible for a federal study grant, try contacting professional organizations which may have scholarships or grants based on academic performance.

Since these grants are highly competitive, try to find out about them and submit your application as early as possible. Consult your school guidance counselor on how to better access information regarding federal and private study grants which you may use to finance your online education.…

University of Pune

The University of Pune was founded on February 10, 1949 and is located in the state of Maharashtra in India. With a sprawling campus spread over 400 acres of land, there are 46 departments, 269 colleges and 118 research institutes affiliated to the university. Known by the epithet "Oxford of the East", the University of Pune has jurisdiction over five districts – Pune, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalgaon.

An educational hub

The site at which the University of Pune is located is the place where some episodes of the Battle of Khadki took place. The city itself has a rich heritage and it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. With a population of over 4 million people, the city has grown to be a hub of education and career seekers.

The university offers a serene environment conducive to teaching / learning processes. There is a range of courses in various Science, Arts and Commerce disciplines.

Vital Information

The University of Pune is connected with all major cities of India via air, rail and road. The capital of Maharashtra Mumbai is at half an hour distance from Pune. Outstation students can avail of separate hostel facility for girls and boys which is based on merit. The hostel mess, which in turn is compulsory for all ladies seeking hostel facility, offers hygienic food to the students. The university also draws aspirants from all over the globe.

In recent times, there has been introduction of more inter-disciplinary and comparative courses at the University of Pune which has indeed helped in establishing the university as a modern gateway of knowledge. …

Unusual Conference Venues

Many companies understand the importance of conferences for their staff. Conferences are a chance to network, share ideas and to learn, but boy are they boring. Yes, your staff gets loads of new ideas and meet lots of interesting and useful people, but given the choice they would rather not attend again next year. Fortunately, the people who run conferences are starting to wake up to this fact and beginning to try to make conferences less tedious. This has led to some great new conference events being held. If you are a business about to hold an in-house conference you can learn a lot from this new trend.

So the question is 'Where can I hold a conference?'. Basically as long as they've got the license and you've got the cold hard cash, then you can hold a conference just about anywhere you like. As the legend of Kevin Costner understands 'If you build it, they will come' and yes, you can host a conference at a baseball diamond!

Museums and art galleries. Being surrounded by creative exploits really stimulates the mind. Therefore a great venue for a conference has to be a gallery or science museum. Our favorite is the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology – mingling amidst ancient totem poles is quite the experience. Another great museum venue is the Science Museum in London, that even offers a IMAX cinema or a motion theater as two of the 8 conference halls it has available.

Marinas, Aquariums and Planetariums are also great places for conferences, most have lecture theaters for the presentations, with plenty of divers during conference breaks. In some Aquariums such as the one in Barcelona you can enjoy a spectacular conference dinner completely surrounded by fish. Although sitting down to the fish course does make you pause.

Blackpool Tower – yup sounds strange but come on, it's also pretty exciting and sort of kitsch!

In the mountains. Being amid inspirational landscape opens the mind to fresh and new ideas. Check out the Fairmont Springs hotel in Banff, you are literally a step away from heaven.

Want to impress, rent a castle! You can do it for weddings and you can absolutely do it for your conference!

Observatories – enjoy a daytime conference and finish with watching the stars – there's a metaphor in there somewhere!

Middle of the Rainforest? Lots of nature retreats host conferences and events. Bali anyone?

The zoo – yes it has happened, one crazy and obviously very talented events planner held an event at a tiger exhibition.

Like we said, you get the right equipment, shelter, catering and speakers and people will come. If you have an event dream – make it happen. Your conference will be memorable and people will definitely want to come back next year. Where you hold a conference says a lot about you and your industry. Conferences are designed to stimulate people's creativity and make them come away full of ideas. An inspirational venue is everything, so think …

Cancer – It Won’t Get The Breast of Me

In 2005 I was diagnosed with an aggressive and invasive form of Breast Cancer. Even at age 52 it was a shock to me. An even greater shock was finding out through researching Breast Cancer that 1 in 8 women would, at sometime in their lifetime, be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This statistic was staggering to me.

The good news is that the mortality rate, or number of deaths, due to Breast Cancer is on the steady decline. Treatment is customized for each patient’s specific cancer. Being an author, I decided to take notes about my treatment should I ever want to write a book about it.

When women think of having a Mammogram the first word that comes to mind is, ‘ouch!’ or something similar. Unfortunately, until medical science comes up with a better method, Mammograms are a fact of life for women, especially over the age of 40.

Being a person who is usually viewing life on the up side, I found more humor in what I was going through than I ever thought possible. People do not associate cancer with laughter but I hope to change that, to a degree, anyway. Your doctor will not tell you how to prepare for a Mammogram but I will here.

Exercise #1

1. Open your refrigerator door and insert one breast between the door and the main box.

2. Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut as hard as possible and lean on the door for good measure.

3. Hold that position for five seconds.

4. Don’t breathe.

5. Repeat again in case the first time wasn’t effective enough.

6. Repeat all steps on the other breast.

Exercise #2

1. Visit your garage at 3:00 a.m. when the temperature of the concrete floor is just perfect (anywhere below 32 degrees.)

2. Take off all your warm clothes and lay on the floor with one breast wedged tightly under the rear tire of the car.

3. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until the breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled.

4. Turn over and repeat for the other breast.

Congratulations! You are now properly prepared for your Mammogram.

The day of my first Mammogram after my diagnosis was one I will never forget. I entered Hooterville Breast Care Center with more apprehension than usual. When I told her I might be writing a book about my treatment, the technician said she wanted to be called Ginger. I made a note of that. I wasn’t sure if we would still be speaking after she was done with me. And, since the body parts to be examined are so personal, I named my right breast, Laverne, and my left breast, Shirley. Laverne was under the gun today.

I have to give kudos to Hooterville for supplying me with an extra large gown even though I told her that, at my age, all I needed to do was pull up my skirt! Then Ginger led me into the …

Science And Reason May Have Failed When It Comes to Dealing With Matters of The Human Heart

It's a well-known fact that if a person is in love with someone else, he or she should also protect the possessions of his or her sweetheart, as well as look after the welfare of him or her. A Christian Priest, St Bernard, reportedly said in the year 1153:

'Que me amat, amat et Canem.'

Meaning: "Anyone who loves me also loves my dog."

And in the year 1480, another famous saying about love went as follows:

"He that lovytheme, lovythe my hound."

A hound is a type of dog used for hunting; a foxhound. Additionally, there is a famous saying in French West Africa about love:

"Pas la jalousie, pas l'amour."

Meaning: "If there is no jealousy, then there is no love." Love and jealousy are, therefore, strange bedfellows and that if a man loves a woman he will always be restless if he sees her talking to a stranger and vice versa.

People have grown so busy that personal relationships are now impoverished. Friendships are now harder to keep. Families are shrinking, and not only through divorce. People in developed countries are now having few children, and the elderly are not often cared for, at home. And, despite human relationships have been categorized into many types, relationships with the opposite sex have been the most common in all cultures under the sun. These relationships could just be platonic ones; they could also be a romantic ones; however, the romantic ones are arguably the "sweetest". As far as romantic relationships are concerned, they are the same in the East and in the West. Differences, however, would not fail to exist with respect to their longevity, closeness and intensity.

The words "love" and "lover" are used so freely these days that it may not necessarily indicate the dichotomy between an amorous relationship, where one partner is usually considered only as a "usable and expendable commodity", and an intimate companionship, whereby the intended goal is matrimony. Some men want to boast about their priapic conquests. Some sailors are reputedly famous for their priapic episodes ashore (a girl in every port).

Science and reason may have failed when it comes to dealing with problems of the human heart. Today, we are witnessing a new revolution that will shape the knowledge society of the 21st Century. This revolution affects all aspects of our life- styles, the way we learn, work and communicate with each other; but will it be able to keep marriages intact; insure loyalty between couples; put a stop to child prostitution and pornography; end violence against women once and for all? In short, will it make the world a better and safer place to conduct faithful relationships?

The Somber Princess Diana – the People's Princess – telling of her lonely and desperate existence in her early married life to the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, says: "My husband made me feel so uniquate in every possible way," she told her biographer Andrew Morton. Princess Diana also talks about her several …

Top 50 Christmas Quotations

  1. “Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.”
    — George Matthew Adams
  2. “The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”
    — Louisa May Alcott
  3. “Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever.”
    — Bess Streeter Aldrich
  4. ” The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”
    — Charles N. Barnard
  5. “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
    — Peg Bracken
  6. “The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.”
    — Phillips Brooks
  7. “I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never aone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.”
    — Taylor Caldwell
  8. “Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”
    — Charlotte Carpenter
  9. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
    — Calvin Coolidge
  10. “Christmas, in its final essence, is for grown people who have forgotten what children know. Christmas is for whoever is old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man.”
    — Margaret Cousins
  11. “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
    — Bing Crosby
  12. “Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.”
    — Grace Noll Crowell
  13. “It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.”
    — Isabel Currier
  14. “Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.”
    — Hugh Downs
  15. “They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.”
    — Mrs. Paul M. Ell
  16. “Christmas,

Concerning Cancer and Plato’s Science of Human Survival

Scientists are telling us that we must stop polluting the oceans with rubbish or face catastrophic consequences. Over two thousand years ago Plato, using geometrical logic, was well ahead of that problem. He replaced fanatical aggressive religious emotion with an evolving ethical emotive mathematics belonging to his axiom that “All is Geometry”. His educational system was specifically designed to gain spiritual scientific access to infinity rather that getting any illusory deity’s permission to do so.

Plato’s atomic ‘Science for Ethical Ends’ was outlined in his ‘The Republic’ to guide an ennobling system of government for the health of the universe. That concept was far greater than stopping the pollution of the oceans. Its specific objective was, that by becoming an integral emotional part of universal wellbeing, civilization would not become extinct. Plato was advocating a medical solution to the problem of tribal compulsion to evolve by developing weaponry. His life’s work is now considered to be the crucial basis for the ethical workings of an infinite living holographic universe.

Plato’s mathematical logic about infinity did not need permission to understand its nature by being subservient to warring gods. He constructed a spiritually ethical scientific map in order to gain understanding about the nature of infinity, to replace the compulsion driving tribes to kill each other. However, Plato’s human survival science’s mathematical logic could not possibly become functional until the biological necessity for tribal science to wage wars of survival became an observable form of a mental cancerous disorder.

When DNA revealed that humans belong to a single species harming itself, tribal science was diagnosed as a form of cancer in 1972. The founding father of the American National Cancer Research Foundation the Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Szent-Gyorgyi, referred to this cancer as being inherited from our Neolithic ancestors.

Many cancer researchers now argue that cancer, being unique to biological systems, is an essential part of the evolution of tribal science but not necessarily part of the evolution of species. Tribal science is associated with the sexual compulsion to destroy life in obedience to the ‘kill or be killed’ survival of the fittest paradigm observed in nature. Male dominance to impregnate females desiring offspring best suited to protect the tribe from other predators led to the evolution of human intellect through the development of weaponry.

The transformation of tribal science to one that will work for all members of the human species is now a medical problem requiring antidote information. Such information is readily available but has been incorrectly classified by tribal medical science as belonging to obsolete junk DNA. This vital non-junk information can be found in human survival communication and information devices recently discovered throughout the entire length of DNA itself.

Plato’s research was destined to become the basis of an atomic science belonging to the workings of a holographic universe. It warned of a far greater threat to civilization than throwing physical rubbish into the sea. Plato referred to a destructive ‘evil’ belonging to the properties of unformed …