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board review books compilation

uclacrewdude

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i see all these threads saying "whats the best review book for this subject" and also it seems not all review books are deemed equal. as such, i wanna start accumulating a master list, since SDN has done such a poor job with its books section, to see what the best review books seem to be. note: im dumb enough to list the subjects only by the classes they teach at temple. feel free to add in/drop out some of the subjects that might be covered in others. please criticize and applaud where you see fit.

ANATOMY

HISTO/CELL

BEHAVIORAL
BRS pretty good, i think

EMBRYO

PHYSIO

BIOCHEM
BRS is pretty straightforward, i think

NEURO

MICRO

GENETICS

PATHOPHYS

PATHOPSYCH
 

Deuce 007 MD

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ANATOMY
High Yield

HISTO/CELL
High Yield

BEHAVIORAL
BRS pretty good, i think
High Yield

EMBRYO
High Yield

PHYSIO
BRS or Physiology both by costanzo

BIOCHEM
BRS is pretty straightforward, i think
High Yield

NEURO
High Yield

MICRO
Micro made ridiculously simple

GENETICS
High Yield Cell and Molecular Bio

PATHOPHYS
BRS
Goljan's Pathology Review

PATHOPSYCH
High Yield Behavioral Sci
 

Doctor&Geek

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General:

First Aid
Step-Up

Gross / Histo / Embryo / Cell: (Low Yield)

HY Neuroanat
HY Anat
HY Embryo

Phys:

BRS Phys

Path:

BRS Path

Behavioral

BRS Behav
HY Behav

Micro

Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple

Pharm

Pharm Cards (Throw out anything not in First Aid)
Lippencott's Pharm

Biochem (Low Yield)

Lippencott's Biochem
 
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ANATOMY
High Yield

HISTO/CELL
High Yield

BEHAVIORAL
BRS pretty good, i think
High Yield

EMBRYO
High Yield

PHYSIO
BRS or Physiology both by costanzo
Pre-test

BIOCHEM
BRS is pretty straightforward, i think
High Yield

NEURO
High Yield
BRS NEURO chap: 8, 13, 14,
MICRO
Micro made ridiculously simple
Lange board review
GENETICS
High Yield Cell and Molecular Bio

PATHOPHYS
BRS
Goljan's Pathology Review

PATHOPSYCH
High Yield Behavioral Sci
 

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ANATOMY
BRS

HISTO/CELL
High Yield
BRS

BEHAVIORAL
BRS
Pre-Test
(still on the verge of failing this crap though)

EMBRYO
High Yield

PHYSIO
(STARS)Physiology by costanzo

BIOCHEM
Lippincott illustrated Biochem
1st aid section

NEURO
High Yield
section out of Step Up on neuro

MICRO
Micro made ridiculously simple
Lange board review

GENETICS
Used class notes and 1st aid

PATHOPHYS
BRS
Robbins Review (question book)
Pathology Secrets

PHARM
Lange: Trevor and Kutzun Pharmacology
Roadmap series by same authors

 

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why don't you guys put this over in the USMLE forums where there are TONS of threads like this.

it would be more helpful to have these kinds of posts on board prep all in one place.
 

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ANATOMY
BRS for the course. High-Yield for Step 1

HISTO/CELL
BRS for the course. High-Yield for Step 1

BEHAVIORAL

EMBRYO
BRS is overkill, used syllabus for course. High-Yield for Step 1

PHYSIO
BRS for course and Step 1. Not detailed enough for course exams but it good for last minute review and it's always good to get to know the book you plan on using for Step 1 review early

BIOCHEM
I used both BRS and Lippencott's for the course. I liked stuff from both books. Don't know what I'll use for Step 1 review

NEURO
High-Yield for both course and Step 1. BRS is useless.

MICRO

GENETICS

PATHOPHYS

PATHOPSYCH [/B]
 

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Well, I think that the only consensus people are getting from this list is that both high yield and BRS produce excellent review books in just about every subject. I'd see the FAQ sticky threads in the USMLE forums if you wanted to know which book is necessary for the boards. Whether or not any of these review books are helpful for your classes is going to be course-director and test-style specific, ie it's going to be different from school to school. In general, think that these review books would be most useful in schools that use shelf exams during the pre-clinical years. For other schools, I think that it would be wise just to flip through the book in the bookstore to see if it's covering the same stuff that you are getting in class. I would purchase the books reccomended for board review in the USMLE threads, but I'd flip through the rest of the books before purchasing them for the rest of the subjects because they can oftentimes be as useless as many of your "required" textbooks are (ie you aren't being tested on them in class, and you don't need them for usmle). I personally don't think that you need a review book in every subject, your class notes should suffice in many subjects. I wrote out the books that I reccomend for step I in this thread:
http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=108020
 
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