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USMLE STEP 1 STUDY RESOURCE
HALL OF FAME
I have always been an advocate of workings smarter, not harder. Although different study strategies and learning methods work best for different individuals, here is a compact (not exhaustive) list of resources that have helped me understand and retain the content needed to prevail against the challenging academic rigor of Medical School. I hope this is helpful!
FIRST AID FOR USMLE STEP 1
Check out my video on how I personalized my copy to tailor my learning needs prior to dedicated STEP 1!
This is what I like to call the "Bible" of Pre-Clinical Year Review Materials! First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 features thousands of high yield tips, tricks, and information that will help you with your USMLE Step 1 preparation.
It contains fresh content - a new edition is published with updated information every year.
The high-performing students who took the recent USMLE Step 1 exam authors the book. They provide first-hand information or tips on how the USMLE Step 1 looks like and their strategies on answering the questions.
Complex content is complemented with colored illustrations, pneumonics, and relevant websites that could assist you to assimilate knowledge.
It contains tips on how to study for Step 1 and how to use the book as a USMLE prep specially tailored by students who actually used the book for the boards.
My 6-Week 2020 USMLE Step 1 Dedicated Schedule
See how I allotted my time during my upcoming 6-Weeks of Dedicated Step 1 study down to the hour, meal, break, off-days, practice tests, and the official test day! As someone who is super organized, color-coding obsessed, and test-anxiety prone, I truly hope my hours of content compiling, blood, sweat, tears, sleep deprivation, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder tendencies brings you some joy and comfort during this stressful season of life! Best of luck y'all! We got this!
ORGANIC STUDY GUIDES
*These guides systemically lay out effective ways to cover pharmacology, microbiology, pathology, etc. topics that are high yield in medical school, clinical practice, and/or USMLE Step material.
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CHEESY LIGHTYEAR DECK
Boards and Beyond Based USMLE STEP 1 Study Deck
This deck utilizes:
Review Materials Discussed and Explained in the Boards and Beyond Review Series
Uses hierarchal tags to organzine content from ~400 videos
Most cards include screenshots of associated sections of First Aid (2018), Boards and Beyond Slides, and other helpful Figures/Diagrams
Deck Created by /u/Lightyear2k and based primarily on Boards and Beyond videos
PEPPER UWORLD DECK
UWorld Based USMLE
STEP 1 Study Deck
This deck utilizes:
UWorld Learning Objectives
Highlights specific details and differentials from UWorld Question Explanations
Most cards include graphics/images directly from UWorld for learning aid
Deck Created by UCsultanpepper and based off of UWorld
Medical Specialty Specific H&P Templates
Take the guessing and stressing out of documenting your pertinent history and clinical findings during clerkships with these free templates. Now you can feel confident that you have covered the most relevant review of system questions and know what normal physical exam descriptions to present to your attendings and residents with this resource!