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Micro Shelf

Discussion in 'Step I' started by realruby2000, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member
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    Just toook that damn thing today and man...did it suck....

    just only a handful of clinical cases but most were like... "the causitive agent is" ( it was somthing like rotavirus)

    a. DSDNA non segmented negative sense
    b. SSRNA segmented + sense
    c. DSRNA non segmented

    etc. etc...

    Someone please tell me that I wont be required to know this extremely detailed and useless info about each and every virus. How does the micro shelf compare to the real step 1?
     
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  3. Kalel

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    Sorry, but whether or not a virus is DNA vs RNA does have clinical significance and is therefore "fair game" in step I. I just checked my First Aid for step I and that information is included in First Aid too (The ds/ssDNA/RNA, but not the sense stuff).
     
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    although the micro questions on the real thing are easier than the shelf, you can expect to get the same type of questions
     
  5. realruby2000

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    well the fact its dna or rna is obviously important but whether its positive or negative sense or single or double stranded doesn't seem crucial to know... (or at least i hope not)
     
  6. mountaindew2006

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    i wonder if all that detail is necessary for step 1 ? it is however in chart format in FA ??

    yikes.....
     
  7. Idiopathic

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    For virology, I am planning on knowing the positive/negative sense info because i see too many questions that ask 'where does this virus replicate' as a 3rd order.

    I would also like someone to tell me what is clinically significant about knowing whether a virus is RNA or DNA? If I can make a specific Dx from H+P, why do I have to know the rest? The only exceptions I can think of are the retroviruses.
     

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