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I plan on using First Aid, BRS Path and Phys, Micro Made Ridiculously Simple, High-Yield Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Behavioral Science, Immunology and Embryo, and Lipincott Biochem and Pharm to study for the boards. Should I use an Underground Clinical Vignettes as an additional resouce? Which Vignettes are useful? Also should I use any books for Histo, Genetics, or Nutrition? Which are the best paper practice questions/tests to use? (I'm already planning on subscribing to Kaplan Q bank for 1 month)
 
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•I plan on using First Aid, BRS Path and Phys, Micro Made Ridiculously Simple, High-Yield Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Behavioral Science, Immunology and Embryo, and Lipincott Biochem and Pharm to study for the boards. Should I use an Underground Clinical Vignettes as an additional resouce? Which Vignettes are useful? Also should I use any books for Histo, Genetics, or Nutrition? Which are the best paper practice questions/tests to use? (I'm already planning on subscribing to Kaplan Q bank for 1 month)•••••Hi there,
You have a very ambitious plan here if you plan to get through all of these books and take the exam before December! <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />

I would know First Aid for USMLE Step I throughly. I would nix the Clinical Vignettes series and use Step Up for the Bedside instead (more compact and more information).
You don't need any more Nutrition than what is covered in Lippincott's Biochemistry (focus on Molecular Biology as metabolic pathways are not heavily tested). Pharm tends to focus on autonomics heavily. I would also understand immunosuppression well. Be sure to look at the pictures in Robbin's Sixth Edition text. Subject matter in order of most important to least important: Pathology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Microbiology/Immunology, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Neuro and Gross Anatomy. The last five subjects are not tested heavily so don't put too much time in here. For Micro, be sure to know the lifecycle of Retroviruses in detail, otherwise, have a good general overview of fungi, bacterial and other viral entities. Physio will be cardiovascular, pulmonary or renal. Be sure to review a source that has plenty of charts and graphs in addition to summaries.

Finally, read every question on the exam and every answer. Sometimes there are two answers that seem correct but one is better that the other. Good luck :cool:
 
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