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 +1  (nbme22#41)

Classic FA Mnemonic:

S1-S1 Buckle my Shoe (foot) L3-L4 Kick the Door (leg) C5-C6 Pick up Sticks (bicep) C7-C8 Lay them Straight (tricep)

I know it's a reflex mnemonic, but it's served me well in these sorts of questions.

 +0  (nbme22#9)

Ugh, sorry, getting used to the formatting, and accidentally posted it in the wrong place.

Anyways, to reiterate, I always just look at the units. It wants L/min, I'm given cm^2 and cm/sec

So I multiply, to get volume out of it (cm^3), then convert seconds to minutes.

Thus, it's basically 2x2x6, in some shape or form after placing the decimals appropriately. Good thing they didn't add that particular wrinkle, I'll take my remedial math skills and bug out, haha...

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submitted by marbledoc(0),

Why would you ask the patient to identify the pros and cons? I don’t get the approach here!

someduck3  There was a question about this in Uworld. for *stubborn* patients who are "not ready to quit" just yet you use the motivational approach. The technique acronym is OARS: Open ended questions, Affirmation, Reflect, Summarize. +2  
yotsubato  Additionally the guy himself says "I know smoking is bad for me" Like he knows its bad, he doesnt care, but give him nicotine replacement and maybe he'll quit... +1  
usmleuser007  I didn't think nicotine replacement was a good answer choice b/c if he isn't ready to quit then why would he agree to use alternatives. +  
usmleuser007  People who smoke and are addicted like the feel of the cigs and environmental ques. Using replacements would be more challenging. The second best answer choice would have been Rx. +  
titanesxvi  why not detail the long-therm health effects of smoking? +  
seracen  @ titanesxvi: I assume because they always like the most "open ended" response. If you start detailing the long term effects, the patient might interpret that as attempting to convince, and might resist or feel pressured. By having the patient elucidate what they consider pros and cons, you allow it to be an open discussion. +  

why not sarcoidosis? 1.rheumatoid arthritis like symptoms 2.uveitis 3.kidneys ...only serositis is a bit controversial

seracen  I usually look for the hilar manifestation, when considering sarcoidosis, or the skin manifestations. Personally, I thought Sjogren's when I read this. +  

I put constipation because I thought the medication being described might be CCB: can someone explain why nitrates over CCB?

seracen  Wouldn't nitrates be a faster acting drug here? That was my take-away anyway. One is more acute, the other for long term maintenance. +