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Path just isn't nearly as good as Goljan's new rapid review book.
And Micro is insanely overdone. Mind you, the key high yield points are in the margins though for this book.
Otherwise, the Kaplan books are great.
Did you prefer the Kaplan biochem book over goljan's rapid review biochem?
If you like the structure and flow of Kaplan, you should use it. The entire series is very monotone, but alot of people do well with Kaplan and FA. I agree, the best book out of the series is the biochem, especially the genetics section. Micro is just a bit too much, and personally I thought Kaplan Physio was terribly written. BRS Physio is a million times better. For Pharm, I only read the pharmacodynamics/kinetics sections and FA seems enough for the drugs themselves. Forget about Kaplan Patho.
IMHO, I think it's better to mix the subjects up using different sources. It's less boring that way.
I totally agree. I really liked kaplan behavioral because it incorporated some biostat basics as well as some neuro localization and bunches of examples. Kaplan biochem is the best biochem out there (in my opinion - I thought RR was too much, and BRS - the red one- just sucked).
Kaplan pharm kinda sucked, but so do all the other pharm sources I looked at (Katsung, pharm cards - didnt read lippencott). But, w/the pharm the autnomics section and the questions at the end were great.
I didnt like physio, didnt read anatomy, hated path.
The tables at the end of the micro section are fantastic, as are the microbial genetics.
The kaplan immuno was the best immuno source I'd seen and it helped me answer everything I'd have.
MedEssentials is great - for a quick reference during the academic year. The purple USMLE step 1 prep books and Qbank are great - for shelf exams. As far as prep for the actual USMLE, I didn't think they were all that great. If I had to do it all over again (which I am still hoping that I don't have to) I would use all of the Rapid Review books in conjunction with USMLEWorld.What about Kaplan's version of FA "med essentials"? I've got the pdf version and just glancing through it --it looked pretty useful. I dont know how much I'm going ot use it though because there is no way I'm giving up FA. Any thoughts? Can you effectively use TWO comprehensive review books???