Top-Rated Resources – USMLE Step 1

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This section is a database of top-rated basic science review books, sample examination books, websites, apps, and commercial review courses that have been marketed to medical students studying for the USMLE Step 1

A letter rating scale with six different grades reflects the detailed student evaluations for Rated Resources. Each rated resource receives a rating as follows:


A+ Excellent for boards review.
A  Very good for boards review; choose among the group.
A−
B Good, but use only after exhausting better resources.
B− Fair, but there are many better resources in the discipline; or lowyield subject material.

The Rating is meant to reflect the overall usefulness of the resource in helping medical students prepare for the USMLE Step 1. This is based on a number of factors, including:

    • The cost
    • The readability of the text
    • The appropriateness and accuracy of the material
    • The quality and number of sample questions
    • The quality of written answers to sample questions
    • The quality and appropriateness of the images and illustrations
    • The quality of the user interface and learning experience, for web andmobile apps
    • The length of the text (longer is not necessarily better)
    • The quality and number of other resources available in the same discipline
    • The importance of the discipline for the USMLE Step 1

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QBANKS AND BOOKS


A+ UWorld QBanks Step 1 – 2019
A NBME Practice Exams
A USMLE Rx Qbanks
A First Aid Q&A for the USMLE Step 1

WEB AND MOBILE APPS

A Boards and Beyond 2018 & 2019
A First Aid Express Videos 2016-2017 & 2018-2019
A PHYSEO Medical 2019
A OSMOSIS Prime 2018 & 2019
B Picmonic 2015-2016

COMPREHENSIVE

A First Aid for the Basic Sciences: General Principles
A First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems
A First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1
B+ USMLE Step 1 Secrets in Color
B+ Step-Up to USMLE Step 1
B+ USMLE Step 1 Lecture Notes 2018
B+ medEssentials for the USMLE Step 1
B+ Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review
B+ USMLE Images for the Boards: A Comprehensive Image Based Review

ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY, AND NEUROSCIENCE

A Clinical Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple
B+ BRS Embryology
B+ High-Yield Embryology
B+ High-Yield Gross Anatomy
B+ High-Yield Neuroanatomy
B+ Anatomy—An Essential Textbook
B+ Atlas of Anatomy
B+ Crash Course: Anatomy
B+ Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards
B PreTest Neuroscience
B Case Files: Anatomy
B Case Files: Neuroscience

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

A BRS Behavioral Science
A High-Yield Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health
B+ High-Yield Behavioral Science
B+ USMLE Medical Ethics

BIOCHEMISTRY

B+ Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry
B+ Medical Biochemistry—An Illustrated Review
B+ PreTest Biochemistry and Genetics
B Lange Flash Cards Biochemistry and Genetics
B Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health
B
BRS Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Genetics
B
Case Files: Biochemistry

CELL BIOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY

B+ BRS Cell Biology and Histology
B+ Crash Course: Cell Biology and Genetics
B Elsevier’s Integrated Review: Genetics
B
Wheater’s Functional Histology

MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

A Basic Immunology
B+ Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Immunology
B+ Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
B+ Microcards: Microbiology Flash Cards
B+ How the Immune System Works
B Case Studies in Immunology: Clinical Companion
B Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Microbiology
B Pretest: Microbiology
B Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
B Case Files: Microbiology

PATHOLOGY

A+ Pathoma: Fundamentals of Pathology
A Lange Pathology Flash Cards
A Rapid Review: Pathology
A Crash Course: Pathology
B+ Robbins and Cotran Review of Pathology
B+ BRS Pathology
B High-Yield Histopathology
B Pathophysiology of Disease: Introduction to Clinical Medicine
B Haematology at a Glance
B Pocket Companion to Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease

PHARMACOLOGY

A Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology
B+ Lange Pharmacology Flash Cards
B+ Crash Course: Pharmacology
B+ BRS Pharmacology
B+ Case Files: Pharmacology
B+ Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology: Examination and Board Review
B PreTest Pharmacology

PHYSIOLOGY

A BRS Physiology
A Physiology
A Color Atlas of Physiology
B+ Pathophysiology of Heart Disease
B+ PreTest Physiology
B+ Acid-Base, Fluids, and Electrolytes Made Ridiculously Simple
B+ Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials
B Endocrine Physiology
B Netter’s Physiology Flash Cards

 

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