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This thread is to emphasize on the most important topics in Micro/Immuno...
we want to know things we should emphasize while studying..

Please Note: topics or questions to write about here, should be from exam takers or from your friends who took the exam or things you read about in other exam takers experience threads in forums...

I will start to mention some High-Yield topics from my friends:

HIV: most common cause of :
- Meningitis: Cryptococcus Neoformans " its unique capsule+india ink"
- Pneumonia: Pneumocystis carinii " the most common cause of death in AIDS pts"
- Diarrhea: Cryptosporidium "it is a weak acid fast"
- Retinitis : CMV "dsDNA enveloped virus"
- Focal enhancing rings on brain CT: Toxoplasmosis

I will write much more things if this topic become active with your participations and benifit all of us.

Waiting for your participations docs...
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Is first aid enough: ONLY AS A REVIEW. You cannot master micro (esp bacteriology) from first aid alone. Kaplan notes were enough to build basics, uworld questions were 2nd best to learn micro and to help associate organisms with unique symptoms and the characteristics and virulence factors... FA is good for helping you keep that info fresh in mind till exam day. First Aid; however, is enough for VIRUSES though and garbage like parasites and worms.

Out of all organisms I got a question on Nocardia, don’t know why that stands out in my brain maybe because its not highly test in qbanks.
Was also tested on the following orginams:
Aspergillus, make sure you can recognize the acute angles on the slide
Candia, it was shown in the image as a diaper rash
Staph aureus, I had a big clue since they mentioned “nares” in the stem
Pseudomonas in a pt with CF
Cryptosporidum in AIDS pt
Pneumocystis Jerovecii
A question on a type of worm, I was not sure of my answer on that one, so I was advice know what different worms look like... the one I had looked like a mini-transparent snake to me. Kind of looked like strongyloides… wasn’t sure.
Salmonella enteritis. Clue given to me was consumption of eggs by the children at day care.
HSV, know everything that there is to know about it.
Plasmodium (KNOW THE PATTERN OF FEVER CYCLES to be able to distinguish between each other). They listed every single type of plasmodium and I had to pick out the answer based on symptoms and fever cycles.
HIV virus, know the ins and outs of it.
Hep B (enough said)
bartonella henselae. Had to pick it out as a granulomatous organism.
EBV and its relationship to nasophryngeal carcinoma
Learn to recognize “starry-sky” appearance relating to burkett’s lymphoma
Got a question on adenovirus, I don’t remember how it was presented, but I remember reading it in one of the question stems
Know the drugs of HAART treatment, and how the risk of vertical transmission could be decreased. Free mark right there.
Know all the organism that cause watery diarrhea and “barking cough” though mechanism of 2nd messenger pathways and ribosylation
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