USMLE STEP 1 FIRST AID BOOK
First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 , Twenty-ninth edition [Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan] on USMLE Step 1 Lecture Notes 7-Book Set (Kaplan Test Prep). Editorial Reviews. Review. _. From the Author. With the 29th edition of First Aid for the USMLE Highlight, take notes, and search in the book; In this edition, page numbers are just like the physical edition; Create digital flashcards instantly . First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book. Read 91 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This annually updated collection of the most frequen.
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I have also never been a gifted standardized test taker, but that was something I tried to change for Step 1. At first I wondered, could this be changed at all? After hearing advice from upperclassmen about doing lots of practice questions, I sought to do as many practice questions as possible.
So many that by the time of my exam I would know there was nothing more I could have done to prepare myself. Step 1 is truly the last time where you are given a very extended period of time to focus on a single thing. You have no other responsibilities except to study for this one test.
Right now in MS2 you have a single job and that is to study for this test. Not only that, you can pretty much decide your own schedule each and every day. You can wake up when you want, you can exercise when you want, eat when you want. Your entire life is in your control, and it is this way so that you can place yourself in optimum studying conditions for this exam. During these next several months you can ask any question you have and professors will be happy to answer them. In fact it is your job to ask as many questions as possible and not be afraid of any repercussions or implications.
You are truly on a several month-long journey to pursue knowledge.
Here is the very first step of studying for Step 1. Setting a goal. It is not impossible to score well on Step 1 with a modest amount of work. Do your research into what fields you believe you have a chance of being interested in.
Look at the Charting Outcomes for the Match results and see what median Step 1 scores are for those specialties. After that, think about your personal goals. I can honestly say I think somewhere between a and is a very achievable goal given a few months of hard work. Things are much different in third year. Study hard for a few months, relax during the rest, and enjoy your life. However, even if your goal is to only score in the , there is never a guarantee that with the appropriate amount of studying you will score in that range.
The approach you must take is that even on your worst test-taking day, you will still score in your desired range.
Believe me, there will be numerous factors a few hours of sleep the night before, a lot of nerves, clumsy errors that will prevent you from feeling like you performed your best. This guide is written to help you achieve the highest possible score you can achieve. Every additional single point requires exponentially more time and studying to achieve.
There is a law of diminishing returns. However, if your goal is to score the highest possible score, you have to find a way to persevere through the hours of additional studying for each point that you want. The second step is to find a group of friends.
Find people who share your goal. During studying time there will be countless times you will want to rant to friends about being destroyed by a block of questions, or a poorly explained answer, or just how much information is falling out of your head.
Your friends are absolutely crucial to this time. They help motivate you. You help motivate them. Your group of study friends does not have to be the same group as your best friends; branch out and learn about people you thought you knew before. What is the test? Read the introduction to First Aid. Each hour has a block of 44 questions. This means you have to answer at about a rate of just over a minute per question which leaves several minutes to review some flagged questions.
Never leave a question blank.
If you have difficulty with an answer, pick an answer, flag it, and come back to it at the end of your block with your free time. How do you study for the test? Here is the third step. After many, many hours spent online reading different strategies and study plans, and implementing this myself, I can confidently say that these resources are components of the best study plan to achieving the best score possible, regardless of what type of learner you believe yourself to be visual, flashcarder, lecture slides, etc.
First Aid and Qbanks are by far the most important. For example, you will look up a drug in First Aid and see a side effect you had never known to be associated with it. First Aid is an accumulation of the highest yield facts believed to be tested by the USMLE because it is written by people students who have seen recent questions.
The learning and understanding of each individual topic in first aid must be done outside of First Aid. Reading Wikipedia, your lecture slides, a textbook, getting an answer from a question bank. This is where the true learning is done. The type of learning that helps you retain information long after you read it.
After you learn it from these sources, you look it up in First Aid and you read it there again. Understand that First Aid is a big book. It would take me 10 minutes or more to make my way through an entire page of details and this was during study period when I already felt comfortable with most of the material , imagine the time it takes to go through the entire book.
You will not make it through the entire book and memorize most of it if you open the book for the first time 1 month, or even 2 months, before your exam.
You need repetition.
And because the book is so thick, that repetition needs to start now. It cannot wait until later. Each page in first aid is filled with details within details. You cannot begin to imagine the details hidden on each page that can become test questions.
On my 3rd pass of FA during my study period I was still finding new words I missed before and had never seen. Read the captions to the images.
Read the labels of diagrams. Every single word is important. This must be your approach to studying. There are no more high yield or low yield facts. Every single fact is high yield.
You can dive right into it. The same is true of the pathology and pharmacology sections. Those sections pull topics from many different organ systems and they contain many, many factoids that could be easily translated into flashcards.
Lastly, purchase the newest edition of First Aid. I studied with a friend who had the older edition and he regretted it. I say this because Uworld offers the most difficult and thought provoking questions. It is by no means an assessment tool. Do not use it as a big practice test. Instead, it is a learning tool. It will teach you to become accustomed to the level of difficulty of the real exam. It will teach you that you have not been reading FA as closely as you think. It will teach you that memorizing 4 out of the 5 side effects of a drug is not enough.
It gets you in the proper state of mind before taking the test because the test will be difficult. Can you use Uworld as your 1st Qbank? You can, but I recommend not doing that for the reasons above. Step 1 is like the real race and Uworld Qbank is like an intense exercise program. You want your most strenuous regimen to be close to your performance.
Can you re-do Uworld prior to your exam? You absolutely can, but I argue there is very limited utility. That feeling of truly new questions is exactly what you will feel on the exam. If you want to do even better than well, you will likely need another qbank to practice with during the year. My opinion is that Rx has shorter question stems and feels easier than Kaplan. Either is fine to use. Pick one qbank and finish it before study period starts.
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The reason I say so is that my strongest belief about this exam is that your score is highly correlated to the number of practice questions you do.
Yes FA is a big book of facts that you must memorize but when it comes to answering questions, the questions require processing information.
It requires integrating different data and organ systems and coming up with a conclusion where you have to weigh certain answer choices. Many times it comes down to a gut feeling. But remember, you have to move at a pace of slightly over 1 minute per question. And there are over questions on Step 1 over 7 hours. What does this mean?
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This means you need to become a pattern-recognizing machine. Step 1 questions are all about patterns. I was a little reluctant to purchase this since I had already done all my annotations on the previous edition of the book. However, due to my exam being really close, I couldnt wait for the ebook to come out so I went ahead and ordered the hardcopy, and boy am I glad that I did!
Not only does this edition have some newer content eg immune evasion by cancer but also the pre-existing information has been updated and in some cases rearranged in a much more presentable way eg, the horrible Neurocutaneous Syndromes now seem less daunting. New images eg histology slides for the Transplant rejection reactions , charts eg Diagnosis of HIV and tables eg different radiculopathies of the lower extermity are commendable. A minor glitch for me was that some of the pages had ink bleeds on them but that can be easily overlooked compared to the overall worth of this book.
Keep up the good work FirstAidTeam!! Just received this product. Many of the pages have blue ink splattered onto them making some pages partially unreadable and generally aesthetically poor.
I'm enjoying the updated version, but unfortunately both books I ordered had the same ink splashing on the same exact pages. Still usable as I only found it on two pages, but there needs to be some quality control. Recently upgraded from my First Aid book. Purchased 2 of the books. Really disappointed. I did so optimistically but soon started to regret it as I read some reviews here on Amazon. Sadly my worst fears came to be as, right of the bat, the quality of this book was noticeably worse than previous iterations, even my badly beaten, stained and water damaged First Aide Nowhere to be found.
Fortunately, another classmate happened to have this new edition, purchased out form a different retailer. I asked him if I could compare both and by doing so my fears where confirmed. Not only the thickness of the book itself was affected, but so was the quality of the cover; gone was the characteristic, grainy and resistant cover of a book meant to be used, reused and abused for study.
The pages were not of bad quality, but compared to the original it was as if most of the printed text and diagrams were blurry, giving the appearance that the ink wasn't allowed to set, or worse still, that the electronic source used for printing this material had somehow suffered from a reduced pixelation. The rating is not lower, as it is impossible to rate lower than a single star. I have decided to return it and expect nothing less than a full refund.
Being a customer for more than 10 years and a prime member at that I am extremely disappointed by how this turned out. Index page numbers are wrong.
This makes this edition much less usable. I upgraded my FA from my edition as I plan on taking Step 1 this spring. There are a lot of wonderful, new diagrams and explanations.
Unfortunately, the index is often incorrect I've started writing in the right pages numbers in the index once I find them to save time in the future. I've wasted a lot of time trying to find what I need.
I've also email McGraw Hill customer service about this issue twice without a reply. If you are someone who likes to cross-reference subjects while you study, or are using FA in conjunction with a question bank, you'll have trouble finding the subjects in your book if using the index. Customer service emailed me back.
After I let them know about a few of the index errors I had corrected in my book. They sent me a digital copy of the revised index which is all I asked for and needed.
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First aid for the USMLE Step 1 2019 (29th Edition)
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Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Lending: Not Enabled Enhanced Typesetting:The endocrine section is a tad out of date. With the vast amount of information present on the test, you need incredible amounts of repetition. Perfect for review of basic medical subjects. Firecracker: Firecracker is a premade flashcard program that attempts to integrate all important information for Step 1.
It tries sometimes, but ultimately it leaves one with the impression that there are a bunch of unrelated and unconnected biochemical reactions that all take part independently in the body. It tries sometimes, but ultimately it leaves one with the impression that there are a bunch of unrelated and unconnected biochemical reactions that all take part independently in the body. However, due to my exam being really close, I couldnt wait for the ebook to come out so I went ahead and ordered the hardcopy, and boy am I glad that I did!
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