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Are the helminths high yield?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by MSKalltheway, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. MSKalltheway

    MSKalltheway I got the magic stick 7+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Just wondering if anyone got enough questions on helminths to warrant a significant amount of time on them...UW doesnt seem to think they are that important. Thanks.
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  3. opb

    opb 7+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    I personally didn't get any helminth questions on mine. I did get a few parasite questions, such as malaria and giardia (the gray tables in FA), so I think those are worth going over. As for the helminths, I think going over that list a few times and then once more the day before is good enough.

    Of course that's only my experience with the test. Perhaps others will chime in. Good luck.
  4. mudphudwannabe

    mudphudwannabe Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    Parasites in general are not high yield. You'll get a lot more questions on bacterial and viral infections, so focus your efforts on that. For parasites - focus on just the major ones. I think I had one question on helminths - it was just knowing how one of the common ones infects people. Like opb, I had a few questions on common (or commonly tested) parasitic infections. Your focus really should be on bacterial and viral infections, though - many more detailed questions on those.
  5. obiwan

    obiwan Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2006
    someone who recently took the test got a question about nagleria fowleri which i probably would have skipped looking at since its at the very of the table... now i'm actually going to try to go over throughly as i can even if i'll only get 1 question

    DOCTORSAIB Ophtho or bust! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    I know you guys are probably inundated with info right now so memorizing those damn helminths is low on your priority list. But if you have time/room in your hippocampus, memorize that page. It'll pay off at some point (if not on Step 1).

    Case in point -- I impressed the hell out of a GI attending once during 4th year with my superb knowledge of helminth -- which was mostly from that one page in FA..:cool:

    That and the one question I nailed on Step 1..:laugh:
  7. virilep

    virilep What can Brown do for u? 10+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2004
    wait a second... THAT's what the hippocampus does?!?! stores parasites?.... damn
  8. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    Originally discovered by the Germans, the Hippocampus is a rare embryological remnant of the hippopotamus that guided Hippocrates' medical education . . .
  9. The Angriest Bird

    The Angriest Bird 10+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Micro Bio Made R Simple presents 16 protozoans and 16 helminths. I memorized them just now. Hopefully the memory will retain (doubt).

    The anti-protozoans and anti-helminth chapters in KT Pharm just suck for me. My school taught us probably 10% of those drugs.

    I guess this will be a highly buzzword-based topic for me. For example, schistosoma = prazinquintel

    DOCTORSAIB Ophtho or bust! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    If that whole medical thing doesn't work out for you guys, I think you two have a 2nd career in line...:smuggrin:
  11. It'sElectric

    It'sElectric 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    Is that the ameba that caused a small outbreak of deaths in a U.S. lake not too long ago? If so, then I'm guessing it's either an experimental question or an old one they've brought back as a result of the 'current news'. Probably the latter.
  12. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Helminths is just how folks with lisps ask you to pass the mayo by brand name, and I believe that a hippo-campus is just a school for gifted hippopotamuses. Either way, it's bad news to hear that it's being overrun by parasites.:scared:
  13. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Yeah, if this is the one that goes up the nose through the cribiform plate, it reportedly shows up on the Step exam now and then.
  14. Rogue Synapse

    Rogue Synapse The Dude Has Got No Mercy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I had an ascaris question on my step 1. That was the only worm question.
  15. WayChanger

    WayChanger Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2005
    In general, bacteria, virology, and mycology (in descending order) are definitely much higher yield than parasites. I had a question on Chagas disease - that was my only protozoa question. I don't remember any on worms.
  16. beponychick

    beponychick SDN Angel 7+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2003
    You crack me up! I just busted out laughing! :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
  17. MSKalltheway

    MSKalltheway I got the magic stick 7+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    As a follow up, I only had 1 helminth question on my exam...glad I didnt sit there for hours trying to pound that page into my head!
  18. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    I had a cysticercosis question, a malaria question and a Leishmaniasis question. I think that was it.
  19. GynGuy1983

    GynGuy1983 C&A Psychiatry Fellow 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Rathke's pouch
    That's pretty fair. I hope I get something similar on my exam.
  20. DwyaneWade

    DwyaneWade Reiging *** Cynic 10+ Year Member

    May 7, 2006
  21. osli

    osli Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    I get so confused on that. Which one just makes it itch, and which one makes it fall out?

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