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Neurotic: Guilty as charged

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by 1918, Jun 4, 2000.

  1. 1918

    1918 Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    Are the study guides for USMLE Step 1 useful for studying first year? Do they help you focus for regular exams? Does it make any sense to begin using them as you go through your first year (and then second, obviously) in prep for Step 1 or is it too early to even begin?

    If yes to any of the above, which book(s) do you suggest?

    Yes, I do need professional help.

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  3. MikeS 78

    MikeS 78 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 29, 2000
    east coast
    While I agree that you need help the best preps for Step 1 (so i've heard) are the first Aids and the materials from NBME, I think you can buy all of these at
  4. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Minneapolis, MN
    Actually, First Aid For The Boards lists NOT using board review books during the first year for class references to be a major mistake of many med students. I have used review books for a few classes to get a feel of what I was learning and what was most important for me to remember long-term. I've found them quite helpful and plan to review them this summer. While it might be "neurotic," I am not a good test taker and have found them to be lifesavers. Go for it! In particular, I would recommend First Aid, the James Fix High Yield neuroanatomy book, and a blue softcover board review series (don't remember author or publisher) for physiology -- this last one is excellent for several blocks.

    Good luck!
  5. 1918

    1918 Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    Thanks for the responses -- I've heard a number of folks recommend the First Aid series. The others I will look into. Thanks again.

    (Any other suggestions are welcomed)

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