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With 5.5 wks remaining I think, going through those hundreds of pictures is going to be just impossible, probably I will try and select a few which appear on Q bank.

Most Q bank questions I did have description of the slides. For eg They say 50 yr old man with Nephritic Synd and microscopy with granular casts instead of showing the Glomerulus on the screen.
Is this a common scenario in the exam ??
 

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Yea, most give a description. I don't recall having a slide without a description except for like histology slides (e.g., the structure labeled "A" is... etc.).

I think I may have had about 20-25 images total. Probably 5 of them were histology, and all of the histology were easy. If you can't identify something like a mitochondria and know it's where oxidative phosphorylation occurs, then you may want to brush up on it. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
 

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i 2nd geek medic's advice, syd. sometimes the clinical vignette is too ambiguous and the picture helps to clarify things; vice-versa holds true as well. some pictures are just lame diagrams of cells that point to nucleus v. cytoplasm v. plasma membrane and you're asked where drug X exerts its effects.

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•••quote:•••Originally posted by SYD:
•Could I take a hand lens with me ??•••••Heh, sorry man. They won't even let you take your wallet or keys in there with you! You have to store them in a locker.
 

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yeah, geek medic. i think the microscopic images/slides (e.g., blood smears) need to be enlarged. for example, i had an enlarged image of a hypersegmented PMN for one q. but had a very hard-to-see blood smear with teeny RBC's to accompany a vague case (some type of anemia, probably hemolytic with increases in total and indirect bilirubin)...i was banking on the image to clarify but it was too difficult, i was straining my eyes...i didn't see pallor, so i assumed it was hereditary spherocytosis since family history was positive and pt's father also had a cholecystectomy because of his blood disorder.
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