Originally Posted by dude1344
Anyone use this and have any opinions? Dr. Sattar has been frequenting many schools recently and talking up his book. Does this add anything that can't be found in Goljan or FA?
As one of my classmates put it, Goljan has everything you need, and everything you don't. He even mentions in his lectures a few times that some of the material in the book is for Steps 2/3, or that it's not important for Step 1 and that he included it for completeness (which you'd never know if you just read the book).
Sattar is literally just what you need to know, and the videos are awesome. He includes a lot of material that's not in the book already, but the book has blank space on the side of the text so you can take notes and copy down some diagrams that he uses (I'm shocked publishers haven't figured out that this is a great idea). I found this really helpful because it kept me actively engaged during the lectures instead of passively listening, which helped me retain more. He also follows the book exactly, which means that you're never flipping pages or wondering what on earth he's talking about.
And he emphasizes understanding WHY things happen instead of memorizing - to see what I mean, watch this sample video
. Going through Dr. Sattar's book brought my UWorld percent correct on 46Q sections up by ~5-10 percentage points. Definitely think it's worth the money, not just for boards but because I'm pretty sure I didn't really understand a lot of diseases until I used Dr. Sattar's book and lectures (and I read baby Robbins during 2nd year!).