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Robbin's vs. Goljan's for Path

Discussion in 'Step I' started by sunyD, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. sunyD

    7+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2010
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    I know I know...this questions been asked many times in the forums already and yes I've read them. My question is what's better overall when you're thinking about rotations and clinical years? It's only august right now so I could possibly read through Robbin's and still do Goljan's later in the year. So should I just go for it or should I stick with Goljan's for the year and use Robbin's just as a reference. A lot of people say Robbin's has unnecessary info for boards but what about learning it? I just can't decide what's best right now based on the posts I've seen so far. So, I'm hoping for some insight from anyone really. Thanks to whoever posts.
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  3. Phlame217

    Phlame217 PGY-1 IM
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    Jul 31, 2007
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    I read a blog post the other day that sums this situation up really well:

    Robbins = The Cow. Its a solid source which all the minutia you could ever want.
    Goljan = Lean cut of beef. It only has what you need to know for the boards and to establish a strong foundation of knowledge.

    Since Goljan teaches my pathology course, i will obviously using his book but I still have robbins due to a undergrad course I took. Goljan pretty much has it all as far as I have got into it and in conjunction with First Aid, no real need for Robbins.

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