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Best Way To Prepare for Boards?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by saffron, May 25, 2002.

  1. saffron

    saffron Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    whats the best way to prepare for usmle? should you get review books and review throughout the second year or study only a month or two before like most people do for the mcat? also, areprep classes like princeton review common and would you recommend them?

    the reason i ask is because i have one friend who bought review books (not sure which kind) and they helped her with knowing what was important when she was actually taking the class, plus they were good board review...except for BRS, are there any "must have" review books? thanks in advance :)
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  3. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    Read First aid, that should answer most of the questions that you have. BRS Pathology, Micro made ridiculously simple, Step up, and BRS Physio are good books to use in class as well.
  4. jlw2004

    jlw2004 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    philly area
    Studying your "board review" books throughout your classes is a good way to see what's important to put into long term memory, and it makes it more of a review rather than relearn when you sit down to study for boards. For actual board prep, questions are key. Q-bank is best, but use other sources like the previous questions CD or whatever you can get your hands on too.
  5. Jalby

    Jalby I fight crime at day when Batman are sleeping. 10+ Year Member

    If you feel really motivated, you could read some of those books right now. I've read BRS physio 3 times and half of Micro made simple, and actually learned a ton. [brag] I actually know how to calculate inulin clearence.[/brag]
  6. sanfilippo

    sanfilippo El Gaucho Misterioso 10+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    North Country
    saffron (can i be mellow-yellow?)
    i agree with all the above replies. brs path, physio, and anatomy are really good. lippincott's and/or appleton and lange for biochem, pharm, and micro are great, too, in my opinion. first-aid is only good when you get ready for boards...

    some people need a kick in the ass and since they can't do it themselves, they pay kaplan to do it for them. however, if you're a self-motivator, you probably can study on your own.
    again, pay attention to your basic science courses and then it won't seem like a hassle to review it when boards time comes. 2 days left...yikes!

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