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  1. 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
     
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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
     
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    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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    are you talking in terms of course work or step 1 studying?
     
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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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  9. Bevo

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    these are books Ive found useful in studying for the courses.

    Im still more than a few months away from taking step 1 still.
     
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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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