Microbes: To learn or not to learn?

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  1. Blaughable

    Blaughable 5+ Year Member

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    Hey guys, so as I'm going through my micro class, I'm noticing that there are some bacteria that we cover in class that have clinical revalance, but fail to appear in First Aid/Firecracker/Picmonic. Such as; acinetobacter, bacteroides, propionibacterium, burkholderia etc. Are these not tested/not worth any thought? Rarely tested/worth minimal thought?
     
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    animando 2+ Year Member

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    I think you provided the answer. Even they are certainly not super high yield, I guess knowing a few facts about them wouldn't hurt.
     
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    Serous Demilune 2+ Year Member

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    Pretty sure I've seen a burkholderia question in UWorld. It's a little more relevant than the others bc of the cystic fibrosis association.
     
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    Yeah I've seen a couple of those on qbanks that I didn't see in class and are not in FA. Firecrackers micro is more extensive, but I can't recall of those bugs are in there.

    I started a list in FA in the micro section to include these guys. The actual bugs and associations such as agar, proteins, genetics, etc definitely aren't enough in FA.
     
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    Blaughable 5+ Year Member

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    Sounds good, I'll be doing the same. Speaking of agar, every time one of those growth medium questions pops up on Firecracker (e.g. Vibrio on TCBS/ ) I cringe and also wonder if I really need to know this. Is this really tested?!
     
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    100%.

    It was tested like crazy in my in class exams, but appears on reliable qbanks too. I just had one last week that forced you to make a legionella diagnosis but the answer choices were all differential agars.

    Firecracker is great for retaining the micro/immuno details.
     

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