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    Chocolover3 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Study Tips for the Island

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    Hi Guys, I was wondering if there would be anyone who give us new students some pointers on how to study. I know there might be old threads on here, but professors come and go, and the step is always changing. I was just wondering what books are good for each semester. I am a book reader along with a power point reader, and just was wondering what BRS books are good. I know for Anatomy and Physiology, BRS is supposed to be great but Histology and Cell Bio its mediocre. Same with physio, Constanzo and BRS are supposed to be good, but what about Neuro. If any body has any pointers on good books for each cours please give us your advice. Any input would be great!

    Thanks for your time guys!

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    Hey, when are you starting?

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    Hey! I am not sure if I will start in the summer or fall yet. I am waiting on a few personal things to make my final decision.

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    Im starting this May, hopefully I'll see you there! Did you already get accepted? Im also looking for some info from current students there, hopefully somebody will be able to help us!

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    First and foremost DO DO DO get a copy of First Aid for the USMLE (2012 just came out in full color). Use this book alongside of your courses. This is the one thing that I wish I would have known going into medical school. If you can have this book memorized, you will do great on your Step 1. Best way to memorize it? Use it almost daily while you are learning those topics in your classes.

    Anatomy:
    Netter's Atlas
    BRS Anatomy

    Histo:
    I didn't need a book for this class

    Biochem:
    Lippincott's Biochemistry

    Neuro:
    the professor refers to Fix's High Yield Neuro (I didn't really find it too useful, but he does refer to it a lot)

    Physio:
    BRS Physio
    Costanzo is good too

    Micro:
    Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple

    Immuno:
    Immunology Made Ridiculously Simple

    Psychology:
    Kaplan & Sadock's concise textbook of clinical psychiatry

    Pathology:
    Robbin's Pathology is good. Lots of students use it.
    Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
    BRS Pathology

    Pharmacology:
    Lippincott's Pharmacology
    BRS Pharm flash cards

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    Chocolover3 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kewlwhip View Post
    First and foremost DO DO DO get a copy of First Aid for the USMLE (2012 just came out in full color). Use this book alongside of your courses. This is the one thing that I wish I would have known going into medical school. If you can have this book memorized, you will do great on your Step 1. Best way to memorize it? Use it almost daily while you are learning those topics in your classes.

    Anatomy:
    Netter's Atlas
    BRS Anatomy

    Histo:
    I didn't need a book for this class

    Biochem:
    Lippincott's Biochemistry

    Neuro:
    the professor refers to Fix's High Yield Neuro (I didn't really find it too useful, but he does refer to it a lot)

    Physio:
    BRS Physio
    Costanzo is good too

    Micro:
    Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple

    Immuno:
    Immunology Made Ridiculously Simple

    Psychology:
    Kaplan & Sadock's concise textbook of clinical psychiatry

    Pathology:
    Robbin's Pathology is good. Lots of students use it.
    Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
    BRS Pathology

    Pharmacology:
    Lippincott's Pharmacology
    BRS Pharm flash cards




    Thank you so much Kewlwhip! Do you recommend any videos-- such as Kaplan, Pathoma, or DIT or anything else with the classes? I heard Kaplan is a must for physio, and I did look at some of the videos, and they seem really helpful with rounding out all the material properly. Again thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reply, very helpful. Also, how about doing questions alongside the material. My friends who are studying STEP right now, say questions are key.

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    Kewlwhip is offline Member 521 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolover3 View Post
    Thank you so much Kewlwhip! Do you recommend any videos-- such as Kaplan, Pathoma, or DIT or anything else with the classes? I heard Kaplan is a must for physio, and I did look at some of the videos, and they seem really helpful with rounding out all the material properly. Again thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reply, very helpful. Also, how about doing questions alongside the material. My friends who are studying STEP right now, say questions are key.
    Yes to all of the above. Kaplan has great videos to supplement the courses you take as you take them. Pathoma is fantastic for path and I HIGHLY recommend it. DIT is something I also highly recommend, but not until you get to 5th term. It is a review course, not a learning course. You use it to review the stuff you should have already learned.

    Questions are definitely vital for almost everyone's success. I know some people who never did a practice question before tests and some did well, I personally find mentally preparing yourself for anything that could come up is very helpful. Most of the books I listed above have questions at the end of each chapter that will be a good guide to types of questions you will see in the class/board exams. There are tons of PDF's floating around for other books with good practice questions as well. You will get them from someone when you get to the island.

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    Hi Guys, one last question-- should we bring a printer, or does the school have a place where we can print ?

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    Best way to memorize it? Use it almost daily while you are learning those topics in your classes.

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    Kewlwhip is offline Member 521 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolover3 View Post
    Hi Guys, one last question-- should we bring a printer, or does the school have a place where we can print ?


    School has one

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