Which enzyme is it anyway?





After the introduction of sugar in his diet, a baby begins to present vomiting, jaundice and hemorrhage. He arrives to your hospital in a comatose state, and you detect hypoglicemia with fructosemia. Your presuntive diagnosis is a Hereditary Fructose Intolerance, a genetic disease caused by a lack of:


a) Aldolase A


b ) Aldolase B


c) Fructokinase


d) Fructose 1,6 bisphosphatase


e) Fructose 6 phosphatase


f) Glycogen phosphorylase a


g) Glycogen phosphorylase b


h) Glycogen Synthase a


j) Glycogen Synthase b


k) Glucokinase


l) Hexokinase


m) Phosphofructokinase I


n) Phosphofructokinase II




MedEdPORTAL announces Web Conferences for July and August


MedEdPORTAL, a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, has announced the schedule of the free online training workshops for July and August.  


Since I had already a positive experience participating in a recent MedEdPORTAL web workshop, I would like to share this information with you:


“The web conference is free to US and Canadian participants (international participants will be provided with a toll-free number and a toll number and may use either number to connect to the audio portion of the workshop).

The training will consist of an overview of the MedEdPORTAL system and provide examples of the various types of materials published and available for free to educators and students around the globe.  

Participants will learn about the submission and peer review processes as well as the criteria used to evaluate the scholarship of published resources.

The seminar will also address issues associated with intellectual property and explain how MedEdPORTAL staff helps potential authors address those issues.  Participant interactivity is encouraged by providing the ability to ask questions using a chat mechanism and embedded live polling throughout the entirety of the presentation. Questions will be answered live at the conclusion in the order of which they were received.

The 2008 MedEdPORTAL online training workshops are scheduled to take place on:

·         July 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration Open

·         July 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration Open

·         August 4, 2008 at 3:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration will open in July/August

·         August 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration will open in August




More information about these workshops can be found at:





A summary of USMLE announcements for Step I during the first semester of 2008


A summary of official announcements about USMLE Step I posted at the USMLE website during the first semester of 2008



April 14th: About the inclusion of media files in the Step I exam


A small number of multiple choice questions will include audio or video clips


May 09: About number of items in Step I


The number of items on Step I will change from 350 to 336, divided into seven blocks with 48 questions each (the time for each block remains the same: 60 minutes)


June 10th: About the Comprehensive Review of USMLE.


On June 2, it was informed that the Composite Committee, which establishes policy for the US Medical Licensing Examination, concurred with the Committee to evaluate the USMLE Program (CEUP), in the following recommendations:


 1.- The design of assessments to support decisions about a physician readiness to provide patient care:

a)     at the interface between undergraduate and graduate medical education

b)     at the beginning of independent practice.


 2.- USMLE should work in the design of an schema for measuring the general competencies important to medical practice and licensure


3.- The recommendation that the USMLE emphasize the importance of the scientific foundations of medicine in all components of the assessment process. The assessment of these foundations should occur within a clinical context or framework, to the greatest extent possible.


The report emphasize that the process will be evolutionary and that the entire process will take a minimum of four years before it will impact any test-takers.


(An official summary of the  report here)



For reading all the announcements in detail, please click http://www.usmle.org/general_information/announcements.html




About the ASME 2008 Scientific Meeting “New Horizons in Medical Education”


I received yesterday the Registration form and program of the Annual Scientific Meeting for the Study of Medical Education, organized by the ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education).


Let me share with you some features of this meeting:


It will be held from September 10 to September 12 in the Charles Wilson Building,  University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.


                                           Charles Wilson Building, photo by stevecadman, flickr



 The program includes posters and papers presentations, lectures, meetings, workshops and commercial and academic exhibitions.


Some of the Workshops that will be developed are the following:


– Sharing Resources and good practice in medical and healthcare education development.

– Producing an electronic curriculum map

– Detecting and supporting undergraduate students in difficulty

– Developing high quality multiple choice items to assess application of knowledge using patient


– The uses of arts in medical training.

– Moving from paper and pen to e-assessment in medical education.

– Working with bilingual simulated patients in healthcare

– Good Medical Practice: Fact or Fiction?


The Lord Cohen Lecture will be on models of self-regulation within the health profession.


Professor Gilly Salmon, professor of e-learning and learning technologies at the University of Leicester, will conduct a session about “Learning futures: evidences and options.”


Different Meetings will be held during the conference days including:


          ASME Annual General Meeting

          The Extended Education Research Group Meeting

          ASME Council Meeting

          Understanding Medical Education Advisory Board Meeting


There will be specific sessions for students:



          The Future of Medical Education

          Global Medical Education

          Identifying your learning style


For more detailed information about this meeting, you may visit




Or contact the ASME office: jenniferb@asme.org.uk



The development of 2008 MedEdPORTAL Online Training Workshop



Today I had the pleasure of participating as an online attendee in the Online Training Workshop organized by MedEdPORTAL  team of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


“MedEdPORTAL is a free online publication service launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that offers peer reviewed dissemination of high quality medical education teaching resources, while also providing a valuable venue for medical educators and faculty to publish educational resources which have undergone the rigors of a scholarly peer-review. Examples of MedEdPORTAL publications include tutorials, virtual patients, cases, lab manuals, assessment instruments, faculty development materials, etc.  MedEdPORTAL published resources are available for free to educators, administrators, students, and the general public around the globe.


MedEdPORTAL is being utilized by all 143 US and Canadian AAMC member medical schools and over 1,000 teaching hospitals, international schools, and other health education institutions in over 20 different countries.  MedEdPORTAL is receiving on average 1-2 new submissions per day and has received over 1,000 submissions thus far.” (MedEdPortal site)



Today seminar had around 60 participants on line.



The seminar had a preparatory phase, in which the organizers sent through email a Training Booklet with information about MedEdPortal, including the main topics that were going to be discussed in the workshop. We received also technical information about how to participate in the workshop.



The Workshop had a Web Portion, that required that we download Microsoft Office Live meeting (in fact, it was possible to use a Web-based program, so it was necessary to download it if you don’t want) and an Audio Portion, that was met through a phone call to a toll free number (it used Premier Global Teleconferencing).



The main topics discussed in the workshop included:



– Educational Scholarship


– Intellectual property






The use of Creative Common licenses


– Peer Review Process:


analysis of the process of submitting papers 


role of the reviewers.



After the presentation, there was a session of questions and answers.


In general, the Workshop was very organized, the technical part was easy to handle even for person with limited computer abilities (like myself), and the content was relevant to all of us who are interested in using this resource.



  For more information about MedEdPORTAL please visit www.aamc.org/mededportal.