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Overview

Trust the world's #1 selling medical review book to help you excel on the USMLE Step 1!

"When I was preparing to take the USMLE Step 1 exam two years ago, I used this book as my primary review source and found it extremely helpful. 3 Stars."--Doody's Review Service

This annually updated collection of the most frequently

tested high-yield facts and mnemonics

delivers everything you need to pass the

most anxiety-provoking exam of your career. Written

by students who just passed the boards, this is the

undisputed “bible” of USMLE Step 1 preparation -- used by more than half-a-million students.

  • 1100+ must-know facts and mnemonics organized by organ systems and general principles

  • Hundreds of high-yield clinical images you need to know before the exam -- including 24 pages of full-color photos

  • Rapid review section for last minute cramming

  • Ratings of 300+ top products based on the authors' annual survey of US Medical students

  • Updated test-taking advice from USMLE veterans

  • Strategies that maximize your study time and deliver real results


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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mark Erickson, BS (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)
Description: This update of a review for medical students preparing for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) contains strategies for preparing for the exam as well as review information thought to be relevant to the exam. The information is divided into mini-topics that use key words, pictures, and phrases to jog students' memory.
Purpose: The purpose is to help medical students and international medical graduates prepare for the USMLE Step 1. This main objective is met and the book is necessary.
Audience: Medical students and international medical graduates are the intended audience. The authors are medical students at one of the premier medical schools in the country, and the content is reviewed by medical faculty from some of the country's leading medical institutions.
Features: A section on test-taking strategies begins the book. This is followed by a section on high-yield subject matter that is further broken down into high-yield topics organized by organ system. The final section contains reviews of other materials that medical students in the past have used to study for the USMLE Step 1, how useful they are, designated by a grade, and what each review source covers. The majority of the review material is in list format, mnemonics, and figures. The review sections are rather bereft of paragraphs, as it is assumed that students use the book simply as a review of information already known. Despite the extremely broad scope of information that the book is covering (i.e., two years of basic science in medicine), it does a very good job of condensing the material into fewer than 500 pages. Unique features include sections in the back of the book of color photographs of "high-yield images" and a "rapid review" section on a disease with relevant catch phrases identifying characteristic pathology or physiology. This is not meant to be used as a primary source. It is written based on the assumption that the material is already known and is simply being reviewed.
Assessment: When I was preparing to take the USMLE Step 1 exam two years ago, I used this book as my primary review source and found it extremely helpful. I bought another review book as well, but did not use it due to its overall brevity and apparent lack of depth. While this book does not go in depth, it recommends review books that do, and I used the recommended books for material I did not grasp and found them to be helpful. Each edition of this book is edited by students who have prepared for the USMLE Step 1 and then reviewed by medical faculty. Each year, the test is updated according to advances in medical knowledge and standards of practice. As such, new editions are both relevant and necessary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071548960
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Series: First Aid USMLE Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 19
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Tao Le, MD, MHS, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville.

Vikas Bhushan, M.D. is a practicing diagnostic radiologist.

Lars Grimm is a fifth-year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine.

Neil Vasan is a fourth-year MD-PhD student at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents


First Aid for the USMLE Step 1: 2009

Basic Science Discipline Cross-Reference Table for High Yield Facts
Contributing Authors
Web Contributors
Image Contributors
Faculty Reviewers
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
How to Contribute
How to Use This Book
First Aid Checklist for the USMLE Step 1

Section I: Guide to Efficient Exam Preparation

Introduction
USMLE Step 1--The Basics
Defining Your Goal
Timeline for Study
If You Think You Failed
If You Failed
Study Materials
General Study Strategies
Test-Taking Strategies
Clinical Vignette Strategies
Testing Agencies
References

Section I Supplement: Special Situations

First Aid for the International Medical Graduate
First Aid for the Osteopathic Medical Student
First Aid for the Podiatric Medical Student
First Aid for the Student with a Disability

Section II: High-Yield General Principles

How to Use the Database
Behavioral Sciences
Biochemistry
Embryology
Microbiology
Immunology
Pathology
Pharmacology

Section III: High-Yield Organ Systems

Cardiovascular
Endocrine
Gastrointestinal
Hematology and Oncology
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue
Neurology
Psychiatry
Renal
Reproductive
Respiratory
Rapid Review
High-Yield Images

Section IV: Top-Rated Review Resources

How to Use the Database
Internet Sites
Comprehensive
Anatomy and Embryology
Behavioral Science
Biochemistry
Cell Biology and Histology
Microbiology and Immunology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Physiology
Commercial ReviewCourses
Publisher Contacts
Appendix: Abbreviations and Symbols
Index
About the Authors

Tao Le, MD, MHS, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville.

Vikas Bhushan, M.D. is a practicing diagnostic radiologist.

Lars Grimm is a fifth-year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine.

Neil Vasan is a fourth-year MD-PhD student at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    Essential for step 1

    It is an essential book to prepare USMLE step 1. Anatomy portion is weak but it still a great book.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Great Book

    Very Well oriented on what will be tested on the USMLE step 1, All the items there are base on questions that are most likely to be on the USMLE exam.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Fantastic entry portal for all Med grads looking to slay the BEAST

    Great book which has at its base a sound and fundamental approach to the USMLE, and its offerings should be harvested and understood by anyone evenyl remotely looking to tackle the boards. Buy, read, it, master it, study it, pass it on....


    Double Niner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    First choice for USMLE

    I am an international medical student and try pt pursuit my career in US. I've heard about this book from many places and I bought a new version recently. I am using this and find it really useful. It gives me great help on preparation of USMLE.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    The BOOK for the USMLE

    There is no other purchase in your entire 4 years of Medical school that is more valuable than having a copy of the latest edition of First Aid with you before you take the Step 1. This is the most authoritative source on what you will be seeing on the boards and what is most important in your 2 years of acquired medical school knowledge.

    I will edit this posting later to reveal my score once I take the beast.

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