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Graham’s Guide to USMLE Step 1

Posted by medliorator on May 29, 2008

Your bible: First Aid for the USMLE Step 1… You will study from this every day. You will memorize every word of every page of this book… I’d hold out until 2nd year to buy it, as you can get the latest edition… Expert tip: go to Kinko’s, get the binding cut off, three hole-punch it and throw it in a binder. Much easier to study with.

If you buy any other review books, make them BRS Pathology and BRS Physiology.

you’ll want a copy of High-Yield Embryology

I really liked Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews Pharmacology and Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews Biochemistry.

Kaplan Q-Bank… It gives you an insane number of questions, and does a number of things:

  • Forces you to practice taking computer tests.
  • Forces you to get used to not knowing the answer.
  • Helps you get really good at eliminating bad answers and guessing.
  • Gives you some feedback on what sections you are doing okay at and what sections you need more work on.

Graham’s Guide to Boards Prep


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