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Medical School Resources

Y. Aronovitz and J. Keefe

Resource Grand Strategy
Most Important Ideas to Understand

1. There are dozens of great and effective resources.

a. Do not try to use ALL of them.
b. Find what is most comfortable for you and stick with it.
c. It is more effective to form ONE relationship with ONE question bank then to try to juggle
3 or 4 question banks simultaneously.
2. $$$ Matters
a. Try it out before you buy
i. Most resources can be sampled online via Drive or Trial with company
b. Only commit $ if you know you will use the resource for long term
3. You will feel overwhelmed by sheer number and that’s okay
a. Ask for opinions but make your own choices. Don’t let FOMO control your studying.
First Aid
What is it?
Book covering all the high yield topics of course content
Essential for preparing for NBME subject exam content.
Skeleton for knowledge required for USMLE

When to use it?

- Annotate in class or as you watch videos

- Revise high-yield content before an exam
- Bottom line: GET IT!
- (older version is fine now but plan on getting newest version by 2nd year)
- Daily
- Rx
- Firecracker
- Anki
- Videos
- Boards & Beyond
- Sketchy (Micro + Pharm + Path)
- Pathoma
- Physeo
- Najeeb
- Osmosis
- Books
- Textbooks
- Question Banks
- UWorld
- Firecracker
- Pretest
What is it?
- Question bank
- Flash Facts
- Express videos

When to use it?

- Do STEP style practice questions as you move along the course
- Keep all questions to do as revision before the final

Cost: (wait for a sale/promotion to get a better price)

- 12 Months $340
- 24 Months $450
What is it?
App with each topic covered on the USMLE. As you mark off
topics flashcards covering the material will appear in your daily
flashcard quota.

- Track what you learn in class, mark off topics and study
material for extra yield

- Weekly and daily study tasks including flash cards and

patient cases to ensure retention of knowledge

- Most effective if used consistently over long period of time

What is it?

- Flashcard app
- Download ready made decks (Pepper, Brosencephalon etc)
- Make your own decks (great choice but not mandatory)

When to use it?

- Start Now!
- Consistently revise the material
- Premade decks are targeted to First Aid, Textbooks, and Video services

How much does it cost? IT’S FREE!

Boards and Beyond
What is it?
Over 400 Video lectures of all topics covered in the STEP1

When to use it?

- Before/ after class
- Main resource before exams

- $149, one year
- $250, 2 years
Sketchy-Micro (Path and Pharm)
What is it?

Comprehensive videos cover medical school microbiology, pharmacology, and pathology through
illustrations of unique and unforgettable scenes. These guided sketches help you create a memory
palace by associating medical topics with memorable visual elements.

When to use it?

- Essential for micro quizzes and exam

- Review before the micro final (2nd semester)
- Print Sketchy Micro booklet and add in extra high yield
information from other resources (1st semester)
What is it?
Pathology video lectures. Subscription includes a free Pathoma Book

When to use it?

Second semester → second year.

- 12 months $100
- 21 months $120
What is it?

- Physiology Video Lectures which includes digital text with subscription.

When to use it?

- Second Semester → Second Year


- 12 months $120
- 6 months $100
- 6 weeks $60
Dr. Najeeb
What is it?
Video Lectures
When to use it?
All of med school. Be aware that he goes into a lot of detail and his videos take
a lot of time to get through

Cost: $10 for unlimited access (Current Promotion)

What is it?
Videos, flashcards, practice questions

When to use it?

Physiology, pathology, immunology
Some videos are available on YouTube, visual aid

How much does it cost?

1 year - $199 (including study plan)
2 years - $299
Doctors In Training

What is it?
Step 1 prep course containing videos, study guides and
Practice questions

$825 for the course
Previous years have some videos available on the drive - it is recommended to
try these videos
What is it?
- You know what it is.

When to use it?

- Each professor uses recommended texts that are found in BGU Medical
- Some are more useful than others
- Depends on learning style
- Some students never open a book
- Some students use books daily either via library or purchased
- Some students use books sparingly
How much does it cost?
- Can be free or price varies. Check out the AMSA book room.
Review Books
What is it?

- Published summary books with outline format

- Great for organizing material and review
- Include: Kaplan, BRS, Goljan, Rapid Review
- All are good but some are better topically
- Ex) BRS Physiology vs Rapid Review Biochemistry
- Two different publishers with two different subjects

When to use it?

- Anytime.
What is it?
Highest Rated Question Bank

When to use it?

Some students start using it in first year, many wait to use this Gold Star
question bank in second year for more dedicated study prep due to the
- 1 Year $479
- 2 Years $649
Kaplan Question Bank and Kaplan Videos
What is it?

- USMLE Question Bank

- In-depth video similar to Boards and Beyond

When to use it?

- You can start now or use later

- Great for learning and reviewing from one resource

What does it cost?

Qbank: $80
Intensive Course: $$$$
Other Services
Less common at MSIH but professed to be effective:

- Osmosis
- Dr. Najeeb Lectures
- Everything on Youtube that are too numerous to mention
- Cramfighter or other study schedule apps
- Medbullets
Grand Strategy Revisited
Primary Resources: Learn the Material in whatever way WORKS BEST FOR YOU

- Class lectures - Supplemental as far as learning is concerned. But still go!

- Textbooks - Supplemental as far as learning is concerned
- Videos - Highly recommended as far as learning is concerned

Secondary Resources: Review the Material - Not recommended to commit to all

- Question Bank (Uworld, USMLE-Rx, Kaplan)

- Anki
- Firecracker