Atrial Septal Defect

 
 
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In this episode, we head to the Congenital Heart Defects section of the Cardiovascular collection of Rx Bricks to learn about Atrial Septal Defect. Learning Objectives Define atrial septal defect (ASD). List the types of ASD and explain the mechanism underlying each type. Describe the clinical presentation and diagnostic test results for an infant with…

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Heart Failure

Heart Failure

 
 
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In this episode of the Rx Bricks Podcast, we explore one of the cornerstones of the cardiovascular collection: Heart Failure. Here are the learning objectives we’ll be covering: 1. Define heart failure. 2. Describe the four functional classes of heart failure. 3. List and briefly describe the most common diseases causing heart failure, identifying ischemic…

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Alcohol Use Disorder

 
 
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In this episode, we dip into the Psychiatry collection of Rx Bricks to learn about Alcohol Use Disorder. Learning Objectives Describe the etiology and epidemiology for alcohol use disorder. List the most commonly used alcohol agents in the United States and their associated potency, delivery method, and long-term effects. Describe the DSM-5 diagnostic features and criteria for…

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Rx Brick - COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 
 
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In this episode, we look at the disease which has defined 2020: Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19. Learning Objectives Define coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and describe its epidemiology Describe the viral characteristics of COVID-19 Discuss the risk factors for severe COVID-19 Describe the diagnostic work-up for a patient with COVID-19 Discuss the management and prevention…

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Pituitary Gland

Structure and Function of the Pituitary Gland

 
 
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In this episode, we dig into the Endocrine collection of Rx Bricks to explore the structure and function of the pituitary gland. Learning Objectives: Describe the location and gross appearance of the pituitary gland. Describe the histologic appearance of the anterior and posterior lobes, and list the hormones produced by each. Discuss the embryologic origins…

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GI Bleeding

Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

 
 
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In this episode, we tackle the Rx Brick on Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Learning Objectives: Define gastrointestinal bleeding and characterize the clinical presentations as “upper” and “lower” GI bleeding Identify the most common causes of and risk factors associated with GI bleeding Discuss how GI bleeding is diagnosed and treated Learn more about Rx Bricks…

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Welcome to the Rx Bricks Podcast

 
 
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In this episode, we introduce you to the new podcast from USMLE-Rx, based on our groundbreaking Rx Bricks.  Led by Dr. Arjun Iyer (of Express Videos fame), each of our Rx Bricks podcast episodes is built around one of our 800 bricks. Learn more about Rx Bricks by signing up for a free USMLE-Rx account:…

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