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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 – EXCEL ON THE USMLE STEP 1 WITH HELP FROM THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR MEDICAL REVIEW BOOK!Trust the First Aid team to help you score your highest on this high stakes exam


•A complete framework for USMLE Step 1 preparation, annually updated with crowdsourced contributions from thousands of students

•Written by students who excelled on their Step 1 exam and reviewed by top faculty for accuracy

•1300+ must know topics with mnemonics to focus your study•1,200+ color photos and illustrations 200 new or revised help you visualize processes, disorders, and clinical findings

•Reorganized content in the Pathology, Endocrine, Hematology and Oncology, and Neurology chapters for more intuitive learning

•Rapid Review section for efficient last minute preparation•Acclaimed recommendations for high yield print and digital study resources

•Bonus material and real time updates exclusively at

Table of contents – First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

Basic Science Discipline Cross-Reference Table for High-Yield Facts Contributing Authors Web and Image Contributors Faculty Reviewers Foreword Preface Acknowledgments How to Contribute How to Use This Book First Aid Checklist for the USMLE Step 1 SECTION I: Guide to Efficient Exam Preparation Introduction USMLE Step 1–The Basics Defining Your Goal Timeline for Study If You Think You Failed If You Failed Study Materials Test-Taking Strategies Clinical Vignette Strategies Testing Agencies References SECTION I SUPPLEMENT: Special Situations First Aid for the International Medical Graduate First Aid for the Osteopathic Medical Student First Aid for the Podiatric Medical Student First Aid for the Student with a Disability SECTION II: High-Yield General Principles How to Use the Database Behavioral Science Biochemistry Embryology Microbiology Immunology Pathology Pharmacology SECTION III: HIgh-Yield Organ Systems Cardiovascular Endocrine Gastrointestinal Hematology and Oncology Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Neurology Psychiatry Renal Reproductive Respiratory Rapid Review High-Yield Images SECTION IV: Top-Rated Review Resources How to Use the Database Question Banks Question Books Internet Sites Comprehensive Anatomy and Embryology Behavioral Science Biochemistry Cell Biology and Histology Microbiology and Immunology Pathology Pharmacology Physiology Commercial Review Courses Publisher Contacts Appendix: Abbreviations and Symbols Index About the Authors


With the 27th edition ofFirst Aid for the USMLE Step 1, we continue our commitment to providing students withthe most useful and up-to-date preparation guide for the USMLE Step 1. This edition represents an outstandingrevision in many ways, including: 30+ entirely new facts with continued expansion of quality improvement principles, safety science, and healthcaredelivery to align more closely with the USMLE Content Outline. Hundreds of major fact updates culled from thousands of student and faculty contributions. Extensive text revisions, new mnemonics, clari?cations, and corrections curated by a team of more than 25medical student and resident physician authors who excelled on their Step 1 examinations and veri?ed by a teamof expert faculty advisors and nationally recognized USMLE instructors. Complete reorganization of the neurology chapter to better distinguish normal physiology from neuropathologyand to emphasize the special senses. Improved Rapid Review section with page numbers to the text, to quickly ?nd these high-yield concepts incontext. Updated with more than 100+ new or revised full-color photos to help visualize various disorders, descriptive?ndings, and basic science concepts. In particular, imaging photos have been labeled and optimized to showboth normal anatomy and pathologic ?ndings. Updated with dozens of new and revised diagrams. We continue to expand our collaboration with USMLE-Rx(MedIQ Learning, LLC) to develop and enhance illustrations with improved information design to helpstudents integrate pathophysiology, therapeutics, and diseases into memorable frameworks.  A revised exam preparation guide with updated data from the USMLE and NRMP. The guide also features newevidence-based techniques for ef?cient and effective test preparation. The updated supplemental guide for IMGs,osteopathic and podiatry students, and students with a disability can be found at our blog,www.?  An updated summary guide to student-recommended USMLE Step 1 review resources, including mobile appsfor iOS and Android. The full resource guide with detailed descriptions can be found at our blog. Real-time Step 1 updates and corrections can also be found exclusively on our blog.We invite students and faculty to share their thoughts and ideas to help us continually improveFirst Aid for theUSMLE Step 1through our blog and collaborative editorial platform. (See How to Contribute, p. xvii.)Louisville Tao LeBoracay Vikas BhushanPhiladelphia Matthew SochatNew York City Yash Chavda Ann Arbor  Andrew ZureickPittsburgh Mehboob Kalani San Francisco Kimberly Kallianos

Review – First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

MUCH improved compared to the 2018 edition; med student bible

A brief inspection reveals the addition of a HUGE number of new diagrams and pictures which improve the clarity of many, many concepts. As usual, great for any medical student getting ready for Step 1. As naturopathic medical students, we often use this 792-page bible to prepare for our first licensing exam and, no doubt, the entire cohort will be acquiring this bad boy.

Some new diagrams/pictures include:
1) Mutations in DNA
2) Protein synthesis
3) Autosomal trisomies
4) Ethanol metabolism
5) Immunology was restructured and it reads more logically
6) Endo vs exotoxins
7) HIV diagnosis algorithm – GREAT diagram.
8) Some additions about the immunology of cancer (v. important) – can be found in the general pathology section
9) Hematology and oncology – rearranged order plus great diagrams about hematopoiesis, pro- and anticoagulation
10) MSK – lovely diagrams about radiculopathy
11) Very nice additions to the neuro section, e.g. lower extent of spinal cord
12) Some handy photos of real-life examples of embryo pathologies
13) Illustrations on the gonadal drainage
14) GI – more histological slides and embryo photos
15) Lots of diagrams in cardio/respiratory to complement the text, e.g. blood supply of myocardium
16) Many other minor tweaks 🙂

Hope this helps meds students getting ready for their first licensing exams in 2019! Good luck, everyone. 🙂

Author – First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

Tao Le, MD, MHS is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville.Vikas Bhushan, MD is a practicing diagnostic radiologist.

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