On the first day of medical school, purchase a copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. I did not find out about the resource and order it until about February of my first year of medical school, and once I had the book was not using First Aid properly until December of my second year when I began studying for the USMLE Step 1. I wish I would have had it so much sooner.
This book is the medical school textbook, particularly when it comes to board exam preparation. Still, it is a great resource to have in your pre-clinical curriculum. The book is divided up broadly into two sections, basic general principles (biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, statistics, ethics, etc) and organ systems. It is now on its 30th year of publication with many new editions and has had ample time to refine its content to be the include the most high-yield topics and facts for medical students. Medical students across the country and world before you have relied on it as a principle resource, and so should you.
If you’re already well into medical school and don’t have a copy yet, get it now.
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