Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
The Step2CK Test Prep Series was created by fourth-year students at the Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock as a project of the fourth-year geriatrics rotation. It was developed as part of the Reynolds Geriatrics Podcast series, which is supported 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 2010 Step 2CK Sample Exam. For more information on the series, go to http://www.ttuhsc.edu/som/fammed/ttmedcast/gerseri....
This episode is based on Question 67 on page 47 of the 2010 Step2CK Sample Exam.
Learning Objectives: the third-year medical student studying for the Step2CK exam should be able to:
- Recognize the typical presentation of anemia in general
- Evaluate and distinguish between anemias based on peripheral blood smear results
- Understand how mean corpuscular volume (MCV) can be used to distinguish between varying causes of anemia and use the MCV to help answer a clinical question
- Recognize that chronic disease states can cause anemia that is clinically distinguishable from other types of anemia
- Evaluate a clinical presentation of anemia and choose the best explanation of the anemia in the presence of other explanations that, while possible, are not the best answer to the clinical scenario.