bashwell

5+ Year Member
Mar 20, 2013
1,934
1,963
Status
  1. Resident [Any Field]
I just wrapped up my first semester of M1 and will be starting organ blocks with NBME exams. Previously our exams were not NBME/organ system-based, so I'm just trying to get a feel for what I can expect. I've talked to some M2s at my school, and I know it's different for everyone based on your study style. But I'm just curious how people study for organ blocks. Could you just give a brief summary of how you study and what resources you use?

Also, here are some recommendations I've gotten in terms of resources. Are there any of these you highly recommend, or don't recommend at all? Anything not on this list I should consider getting?
  • First Aid for USMLE Step 1
  • First Aid for Basic Sciences (Organ Systems for our tests, General Principles for Step 1 studying)
  • Costanzo Physiology
  • Pathoma (book + online thing)
  • SketchyMedical for pharm and micro
  • High-Yield Embryology
  • Kaplan Qbank
  • USMLE-Rx
  • UWorld - told to wait for dedicated time to get this
Thanks so much!
As long as you're making sure to do well in your classes at the same time, then I'd say just UFAP: FA for USMLE Step 1, Pathoma, and UWorld. (Maybe Sketchy.)
 

Entadus

Happy on 5-HT
10+ Year Member
Aug 13, 2008
1,730
1,007
California
Status
  1. Resident [Any Field]
It can depend on which organ system. However if you're still in M1 year you probably shouldn't be burning through Step 1 question banks (definitely do not waste UWorld during first year). Costanzo is great, First Aid isn't bad, Pathoma is very good to review just before the exam, and Clinical Micro MRS/Clinical Neuroanatomy MRS are very nice.

Don't bog yourself down with too many resources at first. Pick a few and see what works.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
About the Ads

f4reignbeauty

Nature lover <3
5+ Year Member
Sep 23, 2014
839
1,232
Status
  1. Medical Student
I just wrapped up my first semester of M1 and will be starting organ blocks with NBME exams. Previously our exams were not NBME/organ system-based, so I'm just trying to get a feel for what I can expect. I've talked to some M2s at my school, and I know it's different for everyone based on your study style. But I'm just curious how people study for organ blocks. Could you just give a brief summary of how you study and what resources you use?

Also, here are some recommendations I've gotten in terms of resources. Are there any of these you highly recommend, or don't recommend at all? Anything not on this list I should consider getting?
  • First Aid for USMLE Step 1
  • First Aid for Basic Sciences (Organ Systems for our tests, General Principles for Step 1 studying)
  • Costanzo Physiology
  • Pathoma (book + online thing)
  • SketchyMedical for pharm and micro
  • High-Yield Embryology
  • Kaplan Qbank
  • USMLE-Rx
  • UWorld - told to wait for dedicated time to get this
Thanks so much!

Costanzo is really helpful! If you can, supplement the reading with her Cases and Problems book.
 

W19

Membership Revoked
Removed
2+ Year Member
Sep 24, 2014
6,095
4,247
Status
  1. Resident [Any Field]
It can depend on which organ system. However if you're still in M1 year you probably shouldn't be burning through Step 1 question banks (definitely do not waste UWorld during first year). Costanzo is great, First Aid isn't bad, Pathoma is very good to review just before the exam, and Clinical Micro MRS/Clinical Neuroanatomy MRS are very nice.

Don't bog yourself down with too many resources at first. Pick a few and see what works.
I guess exams at my school must be easy then... I have been using pathoma exclusively while doing questions in Rx/lippincotts and I am doing really well.
 
This thread is more than 5 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.
About the Ads