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Hello and good day to all!

I am a 3rd Year student. I understand that this type of post might exist here, but due to the lack of time I have, I could not search much. I need some advice on the books that I can use which are recommended by majority of both students who are studying for the USMLE, and those who have taken the USMLE exam previously:

1. I currently use First Aid for the USMLE for basic preparation. But I have also heard of the book "Step Up to USMLE Step 1" book too. Is this book good? Is it preferable to use it alongside First Aid?

2. I currently study Pathology from Goljan and Robbins. Are there any more good sources that might aid me in pathology? (As far as I am aware, these two books are the best for pathology, and I have felt that too, but any other book that might enhance my understanding of topics!)

3. I have tried the BRS Series. Other than Pathology, are they good for other subjects like Microbiology, Immunology, and others?

4. I wish to study ~10 hours a day (5 in the morning and 5 in the night). Is this sufficient to cover my work? I plan to do questions simultaneously with it as I do go over some questions before by block exams.

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Sounds like a great plan.

My advice it to keep one sole final source, don't do "Step up" along with it as that will just get you lost at the end of your journey.

Goljan and Robbins are top notch, if you feel like you got too much pathology up in your head and would like to put it all into a categorized simple form I would recommend Pathoma (short and neat)

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Thanks for the information! I do have some more questions:

1. What about subjects like Family Medicine and Forensics. I understand that depending on the lectures gives a lot of information but are there any good review books for these subjects that might aid my understanding?

2. Behavioural Science seems like a lotta memorization to me. Is it so? or am I getting something wrong? Are there any other recommended books than Kaplan for this?

Thanks again!
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Another question concerning pathology:

I am a BIG fan of Robbin's basic Pathology. But I have a little doubt about its contents. SOmetimes, it seems to me that the information that they have might be surplus to what we might need for Step I. Is this so? Or does Robbin's contents almost (99%) emulate the content that will be tested upon in the USMLE?

I have heard of the following:

1. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
2. Rubin's Pathology
3. Harsh Mohan's Pathology
4. last, but not least, Robbin's Basic Pathology.

Can anyone please lemme know which of these books are the closest to the pathology tested in the USMLE Step I (and further) exam?

thanks!
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Another question concerning pathology:

I am a BIG fan of Robbin's basic Pathology. But I have a little doubt about its contents. SOmetimes, it seems to me that the information that they have might be surplus to what we might need for Step I. Is this so? Or does Robbin's contents almost (99%) emulate the content that will be tested upon in the USMLE?

I have heard of the following:

1. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
2. Rubin's Pathology
3. Harsh Mohan's Pathology
4. last, but not least, Robbin's Basic Pathology.

Can anyone please lemme know which of these books are the closest to the pathology tested in the USMLE Step I (and further) exam?

thanks!


Nobdo uses any of those for USMLE exams! it's either kaplan, BRS, pathoma or Goljan.
Goljan being the longest and Pathoma being the shorter option if you don't plan on wasting too much time on pathology.
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