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Hello!
I know this is a very frequent question in this forum but Iīm kind of lost with my book selection...
To my background: I graduated 11 years ago (IMG) but have a specialty in Internal Medicine overseas and been working the whole time until now, obviously the "basic science" knowledge is a little out of date but I have been "in the field" for a couple of years.

So, first of, I'm not sure if I should do Kaplan or just go with specific books.
It seems like a lot of people here also study with DVDs / CDs (that's why I think, maybe Kaplan?).

As far as books are concerned, my initial selection would be:
- HY Gross Anatomy
- HY Neuroanatomy
- Katzung Pharmacology
- HY Embryology
- Goljan Pathology
- Clinical microbiology made ridiculously simple
- HY Biostatistics
- HY Behav. Science
- BRS Physiology
- RR Biochemistry

So, Iīm not sure about immunology (covered in CMMRS???), and about if I really need the Lippincotts for Biochemistry or if the RR is enough?
How about Physiology: do you recommend BRS or Constanzo?

Of course, I already bought the FA and I intend to do some Q bank (probably UW).

I much appreciate your help and suggestions!

And, BTW, Iīm gonna start studying in September and intend to take the test in like January-February 2011.
Thanks!
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You picked the top ranked books in each subject and I think your selections are great.

Just a word of caution; I don't think it's humanly possible to swallow all these books in a matter of 4 months!

Did you see this
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...-step-1-a.html
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For the two choices of either doing Kaplan alone or the books you mentioned I recommend you read this
USMLE Step 1 Preparation Books and Plan

For what is the best ranked book in each of the subjects please see our polls here Best USMLE Books
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Wolfran, thanks for your comment. I actually havenīt seen those books yet (just online), not sure how thick or thin or condensed they are. I think though, that I have a decent background in a lot of subjects (hopefully Iīm not overly enthusiastic here ).

Sabio, thanks to you, too. I have read those posts but still wanted to see if I would get more feedback, especially on the Immunology and Physiology books. It seems that Immunology is covered in other books!? Also in the ones that I have chosen? And, what about Genetics and Molecular Biology? I'd appreciate some more feedback on that!

Timewise - I wanted to chose my testing period as in Jan-Feb-March 2011, hopefully thatīs enough time.

Thanks to everybody again!
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Wolfran, thanks for your comment. I actually havenīt seen those books yet (just online), not sure how thick or thin or condensed they are. I think though, that I have a decent background in a lot of subjects (hopefully Iīm not overly enthusiastic here ).

Sabio, thanks to you, too. I have read those posts but still wanted to see if I would get more feedback, especially on the Immunology and Phisiology books. It seems that Immunology is covered in other books!? Also in the ones that I have chosen? And, what about Genetics and Molecular Biology? Iīd appreciate some more feedback on that!

Timewise - I wanted to chose my testing period as in Jan-Feb-March 2011, hopefully thatīs enough time.

Thanks to everybody again!
I would agree with wolfman here too, I don't think its possible to finish the selection you have chosen , and even if you do I think you looking at your past history remembering those books I would say it not possible at all, I think katzung is good book if you have at least a year to go along with looking at the rest of your book list , I would say go with lipincott.
I also think reading of kaplan anatomy along with DVDs is better than following three different books.
for BS kaplan is again good than reading to HY although these two books are not that big. There is poll for that on this forum.
I would say normal BRS is good enough of book for physio.
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Wolfran, thanks for your comment. I actually havenīt seen those books yet (just online), not sure how thick or thin or condensed they are. I think though, that I have a decent background in a lot of subjects (hopefully Iīm not overly enthusiastic here ).

Sabio, thanks to you, too. I have read those posts but still wanted to see if I would get more feedback, especially on the Immunology and Physiology books. It seems that Immunology is covered in other books!? Also in the ones that I have chosen? And, what about Genetics and Molecular Biology? I'd appreciate some more feedback on that!

Timewise - I wanted to chose my testing period as in Jan-Feb-March 2011, hopefully thatīs enough time.

Thanks to everybody again!
Immunology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology are well covered in your book cocktail
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