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10+ Year Member
Jul 19, 2008
Planning on using Taus method to prepare for step one, but not sure when I should buy books. Is it good to have them early on in the fall of 2nd year, so I can study them in parallel with my classes? Or should I wait to buy the most recent editions in the spring?

Here are the books I'm planning on buying:

BRS Physiology (Board Review Series)
by Linda S. Costanzo (Paperback)

Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, Edition 3
by Mark Gladwin (Paperback)

Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Eleventh Edition (LANGE Basic Science)
by Warren Levinson (Paperback)

High-YieldTM Behavioral Science (High-Yield Series) 3th (third) edition Text Only
by Barbara Fadem (Paperback)
12 Used & New from $10.00

High-Yield Cell and Molecular Biology byDudek
by Dudek (Paperback)
11 Used & New from $29.77

High-Yield™ Neuroanatomy (High-Yield Series)
by James D. Fix (Paperback)
95 Used & New from $16.98

Rapid Review Biochemistry: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access
by John W. Pelley (Paperback)
73 Used & New from $21.00

Rapid Review Pathology Revised Reprint: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access
by Edward F. Goljan (Paperback)
32 Used & New from $28.60

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2011 (First Aid USMLE)
70 Used & New from $23.99
Mar 15, 2010
Orlando/Tally, FL
Medical Student
From what I've read on SDN, get FA, to focus on whatever coursework will be on the boards. Other than FA (which you'll have to buy the 2012 version of later), I'd probably wait on the other stuff.


10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jun 17, 2007
Medical Student
You want the latest FA version for the year you will be taking the boards. 2012 should be coming out soon. You should follow along with classes you take in there, then purchase your boards books when you're ready to start studying.

This should help: http://medstudentbooks.com/category/boards/
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