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This is the highest recommended book of any review material for the boards. You absolutely must get the most updated version, which occurs annually around January.
The newer versions are much larger more pages but include more free white space for you to take notes in. It is strongly recommended that, starting as early as possible, you begin taking notes inside the book so you can review it later when studying for Boards. This means it should not be your only resource, but can definitely be the primary resource for studying for the Boards.
Without your additions, it is essentially useless for Tulane coursework. It is set up in a series of tables. It makes comparing diseases much easier than in First Aid, but is generally considered inferior to First Aid. If you like looking at tables and can understand graphs, charts, and a bit of code, this can be a useful resource.
Because it will also require notetaking, you will likely not use both this and First Aid. Just about everyone at Tulane including the administration recommends First Aid. But we thought we would let you know this exists. It is more useful for Tulane coursework than First Aid as it comes, but will prove to be inferior for your Board review.
Each year, MSG is awarded a group discount rate, making World the cheapest qbank available. Take advantage of the group rate by purchasing it in bulk, even if you wont use it until the very end of your Board Prep. World has fewer questions than Kaplan, but the interface is nearly identical to the actual Step 1 software. The vignettes are more Step 1, and the explanations are far superior with pictures.
How many times can you ask about osteogenesis imperfecta? This makes World a course-specific unfriendly Qbank. They give you 4 blocks of 48 questions, with a predicted Step 1 Score at the end. Kaplan gives a brief demonstration at the beginning of the school year to 2nd year medical students. It has more questions than World, covers a broader range of subjects, and is not limited to only the highest yield concepts. This reference to page numbers makes your notations and studying much faster than with World.
Kaplan is a little more expensive, has questions that are more simply detail recall than Step 1 requires, but has more questions, and the references to page numbers. Most Tulane students use World. They do NOT use the current software you will use on test day, and they include only 4 blocks of questions instead of 7. However, these have questions that are as close to the real thing as you are going to get.
This is not a good study resource, but is great for finding out where you stand in terms of your test preparedness. This page contains information on the available programs and book series available to use. Most people will mix and match resources, and hardly anyone chooses just one program. You should have had ample opportunity to explore a variety of these resources already, and this is to make you aware of what is out there, rather than recommend one program over another.
These resources are listed in no particular order. These books tend to be more detailed than other review books and they contain questions at the end of each chapter, plus comprehensive tests at the end of each book. For some subjects this amount of detail is needed and BRS books provide all of the information you need like physiology, pathology, and human behavior.
Physiology is by far the best book in this series because it provides all of the major graphs, tables, and formulas needed in only seven short chapters. The histology and anatomy books were very good for reviewing for second year class material, but contained too much information for the boards and it would not be very high yield to use these. For the boards though some of the books have too much information especially for subjects like embryology and neuroscience.
Lastly, the BRS for biochemistry and cell biology was by far the worst book in the series, it was hard to follow and contained many mistakes. This series of books also makes a more concise set of outline books called high yield which have no questions and provide the bare minimum of information needed in that subject. This works well for things like neuroscience, embryology, and human behavior.
The questions at the end are good for re-enforcing the material. BRS Physiology is great for both second year class and for board review. This is an amazing, all inclusive, rediculously long and difficult study process. It is designed to be 8 weeks long, each day going to or watching 8 hours of lecture. You read in the evening, you review and do pracitce questions on the weekends, and it is nothing by work work work for 8 weeks. It is an intensely grueling pace for Board Studying and cannot be done in the one month Tulane gives you.
This means, in order to complete it all, you must take time off to study, or you must neglect the Tulane courses as you prepare. This comes in the form of an actual lecture series Live or you can go to a Kaplan center and watch the recorded lecture. The recordings are by far superior, as you can speed up, slow down, and pause as you need them.
The course comes with lecture notes you are supposed to read ahead of time, follow along with during lecture, and memorize for the Step. Pros: All inclusive, Orients you to achieve an amazing score Cons: Rediculously Grueling, Requires Completion to be useful, Extremely long study time Overall: Most likely not useful for the amount of time Tulane gives you, but worth it if you can put in the time and effort.
The premise of both of these books is pretty awesome, take the info from first aid and turn it into an easy to read textbook format while retaining the high-yield feel. However, the execution of these books falls somewhat short of the lofty goal. This is not necessarily a failing of the books themselves although as first editions there are some annoying errors, remember to check errata online , but simply a reflection of what the boards are. First Aid for the Boards is so good because it condenses everything down into only the high-yield topics, the two subject books are designed more as classroom books and therefore contain excessive detail.
Overall, these books are great to reinforce topics in first aid that you have found difficult or confusing, but are not a source that is useful to cram from. Overall: An up-in-coming. With future editions these are going to be worthy text books. Worth the purchase if you want to read something straightforward and in textbook form but not as long as the Lippincott subject books. The organ systems book is superior for preparation and if you like the structure, then the general principles book may be helpful as well.
This book reads pretty well and does emphasize many of the key points for the general principles portion of the exam. The material on biostatistics is pretty good as are the charts on behavioral illness. This book is quite a bit longer than the general principles, but is also more helpful for the boards. The combination of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharm by organ system is pretty solid for both the classes during the year and review.
It does a good job of focusing on only the high yield topics and has excellent rapid review information at the end of each chapter. This book is a good companion when a section of first aid is poorly explained liver enzyme elevation, pulmonary function, renal markers, etc.
This is becoming a very popular option for students studying for Step 1. One of the biggest pros to this program is their schedule. If you are poor at managing your time and planning in advance, this may be something you should look into.
Rapid Review Information to follow…coming soon! Kaplan Live or Video Lecture Series This is an amazing, all inclusive, rediculously long and difficult study process. First Aid: General Principles This book reads pretty well and does emphasize many of the key points for the general principles portion of the exam.
First Aid: Organ Systems This book is quite a bit longer than the general principles, but is also more helpful for the boards.
Kaplan Usmle Step 1 Lecture Notes 2014 Edition With Qbo
McGraw Hill First Aid. This link will return most of the series, but not all of it. Please search the McGraw Hill collection for individual titles and topics. Selected materials are highlighted in the box below and on the Step 2 and Step 3 pages. Both of these huge collections from the publisher McGraw Hill include books series and online tools to help you study for the clerkship and board exams. Here are some highlights Access Medicine.
USMLE Step 1 Qbook