Ok, I?m just beginning my step 1 review and could use some advice. I asked some fourth years at my school just recently and they said, ?yeah, use first aid, its got everything you need to know,? and I was focused towards this and one or two other review books by basically everyone. So I picked up a copy of First Aid and thought, is this it? Because in all honesty the amount of material there is something I can knock down in 4 or 5 days, or a week max. So I checked out the USMLE practice questions on the CD ROM they give you, and thought, how does anyone even PASS this exam with just First Aid? To me the questions were as detail oriented as the usual med school exams, and required as much knowledge. As I made some very good summary notes during my regular coursework I?m thinking of using these as my base instead, with a little pruning and other supplementation here and there, and in no way depending on First Aid and the like. So I?m wondering, has anyone else done it like this? Since it seems that EVERYONE is so big on the review books I?d like to know why, as to me it seems like way too little! Are the CD ROM practice questions just much harder than the real thing? Thanks for the help..