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USMLE Books Is it a waste of time to read Basic Robbins for Pathology?

It's just that I never liked BRS, Kaplan, or Goljan Style - I've never been good at studying from outlines. I did Pathology in Med school back in 2008, and I feel that I need to actually read it again, just so that I can recall the information much easier.

Is it a little overkill to read through Basic Robbins? (not the big book, not the pocket book, the one in between)

I feel that I can do a chapter a day or two, and be done with it in a month and a half.
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Overkill. You need quick thinking and the short books are well-equipped to show you how. Big books are a waste of time for boards. I know of only one person who did it. All others use Goljan (or the new entry Pathoma).
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But isn't it important to understand concepts? I just hate reading a list of sign's/symptoms, without reviewing why those symptoms exist.

Its been 4 years since my pathology course in medical school! I just find it difficult to absorb info from bullet points. How about reading Basic Pathology first, and then quickly going over BRS and then First Aid?

Might take some time, but I think I'd only need to do this for Pathology.
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Meh... whatever you feel like doing. Enough mechanism in Goljan and his lectures to get you through the exam. If you are preparing for something the exam is not even going to ask, you are just wasting time imho. But feel free to roll how you like.
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It's just that I never liked BRS, Kaplan, or Goljan Style - I've never been good at studying from outlines. I did Pathology in Med school back in 2008, and I feel that I need to actually read it again, just so that I can recall the information much easier.

Is it a little overkill to read through Basic Robbins? (not the big book, not the pocket book, the one in between)

I feel that I can do a chapter a day or two, and be done with it in a month and a half.
Reading from robbins-
its med school patho book not USMLE related patho book. So i think you won't be able to know or concentrate on high yield topics.

Goljian or pathoma with its videos are fair game. quite sufficient information to get the concept and if still you can't understand any particular concept. You can refer robbins but as all say- preparing from textbooks is kinda overkill for usmle.
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Overkill. You need quick thinking and the short books are well-equipped to show you how. Big books are a waste of time for boards. I know of only one person who did it. All others use Goljan (or the new entry Pathoma).
He's not talking about a big book here.
Robbin's review book is actually smaller than Goljan!
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I will not recommend reading text books for usmle. Instead do Goljan (with audios) or Pathoma +videos.

Believe me I had emailed Dr. Vinay Kumar (author of Robbins books), and he himself suggested me to read Goljan for step 1; though I was surprised to see his reply in my inbox.

I think Goljan has explained all the concepts you need to know. This will help you through your step 2 and 3, as well as in your clinics!

Don't waste your time with books that are not recommended by the author himself. You still have do lot of Qs which will fill your weak areas, and in the end you will feel confident.

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Don't read it. Take it from me, a person who read that book cover to cover and even highlighted portions that were in Goljan (but better explained in Robbins).

I wish I could get that wasted time back. It's a fun read, don't get me wrong. I just feel it's something that should be read some other time like when there's no money for cable TV so you could entertain yourself. Really, not necessary.

The only reason why I did read it was because I had not listened to Goljan and thought that by reading his book I could follow his audio better and I hated the book- until I listened to his audio. Everything is in Goljan, to the point were it totally replaces Robbins. All the explanations of pathophys are there. The only thing left out are the excessive histo-path found in Robbins.
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