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Knowing the normal lab values by heart is a MUST for time management during the exam.
What would you say are important variables we should know before going in?

Maybe we can make up a list for future forum-ers to memorize right before the real thing. You know, like the famous "list of forgettables" in the step 1 forum.
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Well it's beneficial to probably give a read over all the values given in Uworld to get sort of an idea, but not easy to remember all of them...

The one's that are repeated over and over, I think we should know them already-

1. CBC
2. Electrolytes- Na, K, HCO3 etc. Calcium
3. PT, PTT
4. ABG
5. LFT's
6. RFT's

I think just doing uworld questions makes you memorize these values well. Just the basics.

Maybe someone can add onto this, because im sure its missing a lot
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i will add TFT
albumin
serum Glucose
osmolarity
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My personal picks are:

Ca++
Na+
K+
Cl-
HCO3-
The Anion Gap formula
Winter's Formula
pCO2
pH
(pO2 for contiguity)

PT
PTT
ESR

Creatinine
BUN

Platelets
WBC

Basically the ones I couldn't never remember before doing UWorld.
A color coded post it with them helped a lot.



Not in my personal list but at the top of any general list should be:
all CBC
both Bilirubins
Cholesterol, at least total
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