1. The SDN iPhone App is back and free through November! Get it today and please post a review on the App Store!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice

usmle secrets and "step up" books, which is better?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Summer.Thunder, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. Summer.Thunder

    Summer.Thunder Junior Member
    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    2
    usmle secrets and "step up" books, which is better?
    i have the step up book. but i wonder if i should get the secrets book too?

    what do you think?
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Doctor Bagel

    Doctor Bagel so cheap and juicy
    Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2002
    Messages:
    10,919
    Likes Received:
    1,116
    Status:
    Attending Physician
  4. DragonWell

    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,680
    Likes Received:
    7
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Just my opinion, but I think First Aid is much more comprehensive than Step up or Secrets.

    Secrets is kind of like the First Aid Cases book. It's easy to read a couple cases here and there and it helps to reinforce the info, but it's not a comprehensive reference like First Aid. I read a lot of Secrets last summer, and while it does hit a lot of the info in First Aid, it's not really set up to just sit down and review a specific subject, eg. diuretics. The good part about secrets is that it is an easy read and it puts a lot of the facts into a clinical context which might help with recalling and applying the info.

    One of the strengths of FA is that they have taken a lot of the really good diagrams from some of the most highly recommended books in each subject ie Katzung for Pharm, Levinson for Micro, and put them in one spot. I flipped through Step up, and while it looked OK, basically very similar to FA, the lack of these high yield diagrams was one thing I noticed.
     
  5. bostonguy

    bostonguy Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Fellow [Any Field]
    Step 1 Secrets is about 200 pgs and def not as comprehensive as FA, but is a great read and the question format makes me feel like I'll retain more. It is in a format and very clinical that I feel I will still use for rotations.
     
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member
    Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    30,983
    Likes Received:
    9,863
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I concur.
     
  7. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member
    Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    30,983
    Likes Received:
    9,863
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    You will find better review books to use in rotations. The step 1 stuff largely will get left by the wayside.
     

Share This Page