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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2021, Thirty First Edition 31st Edition

Author: Tao Le
Vikas Bhushan
Edition: 31st Edition
Year: 2021
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-1260467529
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical
ISBN 10: 1496351479
Pages: 865
File: PDF
Price: 9.99$
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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2021, Thirty First Edition 31st Edition

This annually updated collection of the most frequently tested high-yield facts and mnemonics delivers everything you need to pass the most anxiety-provoking exam of your career.

YOU NEED THIS UPDATED EDITION OF FIRST AID TO EXCEL ON THE REVISED USMLE® STEP 1!

First Aid™ remains the most trusted name in USMLE® review―just ask any medical student!

  • A complete framework for USMLE Step 1 preparation, annually updated with crowdsourced contributions from thousands of students
  • Updated exam preparation advice for USMLE Step 1 pass/fail, Step 1 blueprint changes, and COVID-19 impacts
  • The new section on communication skills reflects the latest Step 1 content
  • The new focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion incorporates race and ethnic considerations, as well as gender-neutral terminology
  • Nearly 1,400 must-know topics with mnemonics to focus your study
  • 1,200+ color photos and illustration―170+ new or revised―help you visualize processes, disorders, and clinic findings
  • Rapid Review section for efficient last-minute preparation.

Foreword

“If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something.”
Congressman John Lewis
First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 began over 30 years ago as a resource to prepare aspiring physicians for their first medical board exam. Since then, it has become one of the most well-known textbooks used by medical students worldwide. While we closely follow the USMLE’s lead in most respects, the widespread use of our book also provides an opportunity for us to be leaders in medical education.

In prior editions, there has been an unfortunate absence of diversity in both the text and images. This year, we strongly affirm that representing a broad spectrum of patients is essential for preparing for a successful medical career. The practice of medicine is inextricably intertwined with social determinants of health, and sociocultural understanding complements scientific knowledge for the future physician. Failing to provide a representation of a diversity of people limits the educational experience and is to the detriment of future patients. We here describe our approach to improving the representation of race, ethnicity, sex, and gender, recognizing that we are neither experts nor authorities on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We first surveyed our existing visual depictions of patients and pathologies. Of nearly 70 illustrations showing skin tone or sex in the 2020 edition, every single one showed pink/light beige skin, and all but one was male-appearing, excluding reproductive anatomy illustrations. To address this lack of diversity, we revised our illustrations to better reflect Fitzpatrick skin types I-VI and introduced more female-appearing and gender-neutral illustrations.

We also reviewed our use of language in the text. With respect to race and ethnicity, we transitioned from using “African-American” to “Black,” as not all Black patients are American or have African ancestry. We now capitalize “Black” in accordance with major journalistic organizations. We also switched from “Caucasian” to “White,” which we hope will be more accurate and inclusive.

We found many opportunities to improve the language used to describe disabled and ill patients as well. We now use person-first language such as “patients with diabetes” instead of “diabetic patients.” Dated references to “mental retardation” have been replaced with “intellectual disability.” We also removed other stigmatizing terms such as “alcoholics,” “smokers,” “epileptics,” and “bulimics” and replaced them with appropriate person-first language.

Finally, we reviewed our use of terminology surrounding sex and gender identity. We opted for more neutral language by changing most uses of gendered pronouns to “they/them/theirs,” as well as changing “mother” to “pregnant patient.” We also removed gendered terms such as “girl,” “boy,” “woman,” and “man” in favor of “female” and “male” when referring to biological sex.

We acknowledge that our approach is imperfect and challenges remain. We also recognize that there may be differing perspectives that need to be addressed and balanced. However, just as the medical community learns invaluable lessons from its patients, we greatly value input from our peers and colleagues. We enthusiastically encourage feedback on our efforts to better represent all people.

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:

  • 104 entirely new or heavily revised high-yield topics reflecting evolving trends in the USMLE Step 1.
  • Updated ethics section and introduction of new communications skills section to reflect the recently changed
    Step 1 exam.
  • Extensive 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.
  • Updated with 179 new and revised diagrams and illustrations as part of our ongoing collaboration with
    USMLE-Rx and ScholarRx (MedIQ Learning, LLC).
  • Updated 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.
  • Updated exam preparation advice for USMLE Step 1 pass/fail, Step 1 blueprint changes, and COVID-19
    impacts.
  • Revised language to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Updated study tips on the opening page of each chapter.
  • Improved organization and integration of text, illustrations, clinical images, and tables throughout for focused
    review of high-yield topics.
  • Revised and expanded ratings of current, high-yield review resources, with clear explanations of their relevance
    to USMLE review.

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.

How to Use This Book

CONGRATULATIONS: You now possess the book that has guided nearly two million students to USMLE success for over 30 years. With appropriate care, the binding should last the useful life of the book. Keep in mind that putting excessive flattening pressure on any binding will accelerate its failure. If you purchased a book that you believe is defective, please immediately return it to the place of purchase. If you encounter ongoing issues, you can also contact Customer Service at our publisher, McGraw Hill.

START EARLY: Use this book as early as possible while learning the basic medical sciences. The first semester of your first year is not too early! Devise a study plan by reading Section I: Guide to Efficient Exam Preparation, and make an early decision on resources to use by checking Section IV: Top-Rated Review Resources. Note that First Aid is neither a textbook nor a comprehensive review book, and it is not a panacea for inadequate preparation.

CONSIDER FIRST-AID YOUR ANNOTATION HUB: Annotate material from other resources, such as class notes or comprehensive textbooks, into your book. This will keep all the high-yield information you need in one place. Other tips on keeping yourself organized:

  • For best results, use fine-tipped ballpoint pens (eg, BIC Pro+, Uni-Ball Jetstream Sports, Pilot Drawing Pen, Zebra F-301). If you like gel pens, try Pentel Slicci, and for markers that dry almost immediately, consider Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, Pilot Drawing Pen, and Sharpies.
  • Consider using pens with different colors of ink to indicate different sources of information (eg, blue for USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax, green for UWorld Step 1 Qbank).
  • Choose highlighters that are bright and dry quickly to minimize smudging and bleeding through the page (eg, Tombow Kei Coat, Sharpie Gel).
  • Many students de-spine their book and get it 3-hole-punched. This will allow you to insert materials from other sources, including curricular materials.

INTEGRATE STUDY WITH CASES, FLASHCARDS, AND QUESTIONS: To broaden your learning strategy, consider integrating your First Aid study with case-based reviews (eg, First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1), flashcards (eg, USMLE-Rx Step 1 Flash Facts), and practice questions (eg, the USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax). Read the chapter in the book, then test your comprehension by using cases, flashcards, and questions that cover the same topics. Maintain access to more comprehensive resources (eg, ScholarRx Bricks and USMLE-Rx Step 1 Express videos) for deeper review as needed.

PRIME YOUR MEMORY: Return to your annotated Sections II and III several days before taking the USMLE Step 1. The book can serve as a useful way of retaining key associations and keeping high-yield facts fresh in your memory just prior to the exam. The Rapid Review section includes high-yield topics to help guide your studying.

CONTRIBUTE TO FIRST AID: Reviewing the book immediately after your exam can help us improve the next edition. Decide what was truly high and low yield and send us your comments. Feel free to send us scanned images from your annotated First Aid book as additional support. Of course, always remember that all examinees are under agreement with the NBME to not disclose the specific details of the copyrighted test material.

Table of Contents

Contributing Authors
Associate Authors
Faculty Advisors
Foreword
Preface
Special Acknowledgments
General Acknowledgments
How to Contribute
How to Use This Book
Selected USMLE Laboratory Values
First Aid Checklist for the USMLE Step 1

SECTION I GUIDE TO EFFICIENT EXAM PREPARATION
Introduction
USMLE Step 1—The Basics
Defining Your Goal
Learning Strategies
Timeline for Study
Study Materials
Test-Taking Strategies
Clinical Vignette Strategies
If You Think You Failed
Testing Agencies
References

SECTION I SUPPLEMENT SPECIAL SITUATIONS

SECTION II HIGH-YIELD GENERAL PRINCIPLES
How to Use the Database
Biochemistry
Immunology
Microbiology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Public Health Sciences

SECTION III HIGH-YIELD ORGAN SYSTEMS
Approaching the Organ Systems
Cardiovascular
Endocrine
Gastrointestinal
Hematology and Oncology
Musculoskeletal, Skin, and Connective Tissue
Neurology and Special Senses
Psychiatry
Renal
Reproductive
Respiratory
Rapid Review

SECTION IV TOP-RATED REVIEW RESOURCES
How to Use the Database
Question Banks
Web and Mobile Apps
Comprehensive
Anatomy, Embryology, and Neuroscience
Behavioral Science
Biochemistry
Cell Biology and Histology
Microbiology and Immunology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Physiology

Abbreviations and Symbols
Image Acknowledgments
Index
About the Editors

About the author:

Tao Le, MD, MHS, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology, University of Louisville. He is also affiliated with the Division of Allergy and Immunology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Vikas Bhushan, MD, is a former diagnostic radiologist, currently residing in Boracay, Philippines. Vikas is a writer, editor, entrepreneur, and teleradiologist on an extended sabbatical. In 1990 he conceived and authored the original First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. His entrepreneurial endeavors include a student-focused medical publisher (S2S), an e-learning company, and an ER teleradiology practice (24/7 Radiology). Trained on the Left Coast, Vikas completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of California Berkeley; an MD with a thesis at UCSF; and a diagnostic radiology residency at UCLA. His eclectic interests include technology, crypto-economics, information design, photography, South Asian diasporic culture, and avoiding a day job. Always finding the long shortcut, Vikas is an adventurer, knowledge seeker, and occasional innovator. He enjoys intermediate status as a kiteboarder and father and strives to raise his children as global citizens.

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Author:

Tao Le;
Vikas Bhushan.

Edition:

31st Edition

Year:

2021

Language:

English

ISBN

978-1260467529

Publisher:

McGraw-Hill Education / Medical

ISBN 10:

1496351479

Pages:

865

File:

PDF

Digital delivery:

Via Email

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