Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
The Step1 Test Prep Series was created by second-year students at the Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock as a project of the MS2 Aging Block. It was developed as part of the Reynolds Geriatrics Podcast series, which is supported in part by an Aging and Quality of Life grant from the D.W. Reynolds Foundation. The episodes in this series are based on questions that have geriatrics content and patient vignettes from the 2009 Step1 Sample Exam. For more information on the series, go to http://www.ttuhsc.edu/som/fammed/ttmedcast/gerseri....
The second-year medical student studying for the Step1 exam should be able to:
- Determine a differential diagnosis based on the case presentation of a 75 year-old woman presenting with shortness of breath on exertion.
- Discuss each of the answer choices (or diagnoses) and their manifestations: acquired hemolytic anemia, chronic blood loss, folic acid deficiency, Beta-thalassemia minor, pernicious anemia.
- Decide which diagnosis is most likely and why.