First Aid For The® USMLE Step1 2021: A Student to Student Guide PDF by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Matthew Sochat

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First Aid For The® USMLE Step1 2021: A Student to Student Guide

By Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Matthew Sochat, Humood Boqambar, Mb Bch Bao, Kristina Damisch, Connie Qiu, Jordan Abrams, Caroline Coleman, and Kimberly Kallianos

First Aid For The® USMLE Step 1 2021: A Student-to-Student Guide

Contents

Contributing Authors vii

Associate Authors viii

Faculty Advisors ix

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Special Acknowledgments xiv

General Acknowledgments xv

How to Contribute xvii

How to Use This Book xix

Selected USMLE Laboratory Values xx

First Aid Checklist for the USMLE Step 1 xxii

SECTION I GUIDE TO EFFICIENT EXAM PREPARATION 1

Introduction 2

USMLE Step 1—The Basics 2

Defining Your Goal 12

Learning Strategies 13

Timeline for Study 16

Study Materials 20

Test-Taking Strategies 22

Clinical Vignette Strategies 23

If You Think You Failed 24

Testing Agencies 25

References 25

SECTION I SUPPLEMENT SPECIAL SITUATIONS 27

SECTION II HIGH-YIELD GENERAL PRINCIPLES 29

How to Use the Database 30

Biochemistry 33

Immunology 95

Microbiology 123

Pathology 205

Pharmacology 231

Public Health Sciences 259

SECTION III HIGH-YIELD ORGAN SYSTEMS 283

Approaching the Organ Systems 284

Cardiovascular 287

Endocrine 333

Gastrointestinal 367

Hematology and Oncology 413

Musculoskeletal, Skin, and Connective Tissue 455

Neurology and Special Senses 503

Psychiatry 575

Renal 601

Reproductive 635

Respiratory 683

Rapid Review 713

SECTION IV TOP-RATED REVIEW RESOURCES 737

How to Use the Database 738

Question Banks 740

Web and Mobile Apps 740

Comprehensive 741

Anatomy, Embryology, and Neuroscience 741

Behavioral Science 742

Biochemistry 742

Cell Biology and Histology 743

Microbiology and Immunology 743

Pathology 743

Pharmacology 744

Physiology 744

Abbreviations and Symbols 745

Image Acknowledgments 753

Index 775

About the Editors 842

Preface

With the 31st edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, we continue our commitment to providing students with the most useful and up-to-date preparation guide for the USMLE Step 1. This edition represents an outstanding revision in many ways, including:

  • ƒ104 entirely new or heavily revised high-yield topics reflecting evolving trends in the USMLE Step 1.
  • ƒUpdated ethics section and introduction of new communications skills section to reflect the recently changed Step 1 exam.
  • ƒExtensive text revisions, new mnemonics, clarifications, and corrections curated by a team of 25 medical student and resident physician authors who excelled on their Step 1 examinations and verified by a team of expert faculty advisors and nationally recognized USMLE instructors.
  • ƒUpdated with 179 new and revised diagrams and illustrations as part of our ongoing collaboration with USMLE-Rx and ScholarRx (MedIQ Learning, LLC).
  • ƒUpdated with 62 new and revised photos to help visualize various disorders, descriptive findings, and basic science concepts. Additionally, revised imaging photos have been labeled and optimized to show both normal anatomy and pathologic findings.
  • ƒUpdated exam preparation advice for USMLE Step 1 pass/fail, Step 1 blueprint changes, and COVID-1 impacts.
  • ƒRevised language to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • ƒUpdated study tips on the opening page of each chapter.
  • ƒImproved organization and integration of text, illustrations, clinical images, and tables throughout for focused review of high-yield topics.
  • ƒRevised and expanded ratings of current, high-yield review resources, with clear explanations of their relevance to USMLE review.
  • ƒReal-time Step 1 updates and corrections can be found exclusively on our blog, www.firstaidteam.com.

We invite students and faculty to share their thoughts and ideas to help us continually improve First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 through our blog and collaborative editorial platform. (See How to Contribute, p. xvii.)

Louisville Tao Le

Boracay Vikas Bhushan

Goldsboro, NC Matthew Sochat

Kuwait Humood Boqambar

Iowa City Kristina Damisch

Philadelphia Connie Qiu

New York City Jordan Abrams

Atlanta Caroline Coleman

San Francisco Kimberly Kallianos

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