Number of multiple choice questions I answered during medical school and residency.
- Basic science exams - 2,400 practice questions and 7,000 exam questions.
- NBME Shelf Exams - 3,000 practice questions and 1,200 exam questions.
- USMLE Step I - 3,000 practice questions, 336 exam questions.
- USMLE Step II - 2,000 practice questions and 368 exam questions.
- USMLE Step III - 1,000 practice questions and 480 exam questions.
- ABIM Exam - 1,500 practice questions and 240 exam questions.
- ABPM Exam - 130 practice questions and 200 exam questions.
- 22,854 total questions (give or take a thousand).
Some statistics about my medical residency.
- Residency length = 1,099 days (157 weeks or 26,376 hours).
- Number of days worked = 1019 days (93% of all
- Number of hours worked = 11,089 hours (42% of all possible hours).
- Number of hours studying for boards, in-service
exams, conferences, case reports, and patient cases = 3,120
hours, with total number of hours working or studying = 14,209
(54% of all possible hours).
- Acutual salary paid during residency = $4.33 per hour (after accounting for uncompensated overtime from shifts exceeding 12 hours per day, for evening/weekend/holiday shifts, for working more than 7 days in a row, for lack of sick leave, etc.). Maryland minimum wage during residency = $5.15 to $6.55 per hour.
- Number of overnight/call shifts worked = 201 days (24% of all work days).
- Time spent in general medical in-patient services = 336 days (40% of all works days).
- Time spent in the critical care units = 192 days (23% of all work days).
- Time spent in other specialized units = 84 days (10% of all work days).
- Time spent in the emergency department = 84 days (10% of all work days).
My Erdös Number is 3.
- Path: Paul Erdös, Aviezri Fraenkel, Yaacov Yesha, Michael Grasso
My trumpet/jazz teachers.
- Harold Lieberman (high school).
- Richard Lowenthal (college).
- Emile DeCosmo (college).
- Wayne Cameron (as a comeback player).
- John Blount (as a comeback player).
Most influential albums of my youth.
- Maynard Ferguson MF 4&5 Live at Jimmys
- More than any other album, this album solidified my desire to
play the trumpet. It also contained Maynard's best version of MacArthur Park.
- Chuck Mangione Feels So Good
- I played along with this album almost every day in high school.
I wonder what the neighbors thought?
- Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- "Funeral for a Friend" ... 'nuff said.
- J. Geiles Band Full House Live
- Let's see, they had a trumpet player who played the
harmonica. This sounds familiar.
- Deep Purple Made in Japan
- The riff at the start of Smoke on the Water was required
material for every rock guitar wanna-be.
- Chicago X
- Not their best album, but the first one I purchased.
Plus, the album cover looks like chocolate.
- Chicago IX Chicago's Greatest Hits
- The list wouldn't be complete without a second Chicago
- Maynard Ferguson Conquistador
- The "Star Trek" cover was a bit lame. But his cover of
"Gonna Fly Now" (Theme from Rocky) blew away the original, and was probably the
best hit of his modern career.
- Toots Thielemans Only Trust Your Heart
- This was the first
of many of Toots' albums I purchased. The man redefined the
- Chet Baker Last Great Concert 1 & 2
- Sadly, he left us too soon, and it was his last great
- Stan Kenton Presents
- I first heard this album at a jazz festival in the
1970s. What Maynard Ferguson does on his feature song is
- MacArthur Park (Richard Harris single)
- Jimmy Webb's most iconic song.
A Few Firsts.
- My First Job - Seasonal work making Christmas wreaths.
- My First Car - 1973 Ford Gran Torino.
- My First Computer - IBM XT with an Intel 8088 4.77 MHz processor.
- My First Computer Programming Book - "Elementary Basic, as chronicled by John H. Watson".
- My First Medical Book - "The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and
Therapy", 12th Edition.
- My First Trumpet - Olds Ambassador.
- First and last time I saw Maynard Ferguson
in concert - at the Ramapo College Summer Jazz Festival and
Workshop in Mawah, NJ, July, 1973, and at
James Hubert Blake High School in Olney, MD on May 7, 2004.