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USMLE Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple ***2016***
This is the book that made me "rich and famous" - well almost..... You can view sample pages, the table of contents and student's comments here.  A lightning fast review of all USMLE Step 1 materials. NEW & COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION !!!

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        Must have Books

I consider these books "essential" for everyone taking the USMLE. Our students who have studied from these review books had little trouble getting great scores:

First Aid for the USMLE First Aid ***2016***
By medical students for medical students: features high-yield study topics and extensive mnemonics. Takes the anxiety out of taking the boards. Works very well together with my Medical Boards Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple book.

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Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple
This is a "classic". All the gross anatomy you need. Wonderful cartoons!

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Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple
Another "classic", over 300,000 copies sold!. Neuroanatomy with mnemonics, humor and case presentations. The shortest - and still the best. Includes 3D animated rotations on CD-ROM !!!

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Lippincott's Pharmacology Lippincott's Illustrated Review: Pharmacology
A "must have" for every student preparing for the USMLE. The wonderful illustrations make this book perfect for visual learners.

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Lippincott's Biochemistry Lippincott's Illustrated Review: Biochemistry
Beautifully illustrated, easy to read, right on the mark for the USMLE. Another "must have".

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Lippincott's Immunology Lippincott's Illustrated Review: Immunology
The new Lippincott Immunology and Cell and Molecular Biology books extend the wonderful Biochemistry book of this series into areas that are most important for the USMLE.

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Lippincott's Cell and Molecular Biology Lippincott's Illustrated Review: Cell and Molecular Biology
Very high-yield topic and beautifully illustrated. Very easy to read and right on the mark for the USMLE. Yet another "must have".

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High-Yield Cell Biology High-Yield Cell and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology has become a BIG topic on the USMLE. Here is a very concise study guide. Don't get lost in details!!!

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Microbiology Medical Microbiology & Immunology: Edition 2014
A very popular book. The new edition contains over 650  USMLE-style questions plus 50 clinical cases that are discussed in depth. These case reviews are also extremely useful for Step-2 and Step-3.

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Pathology (BRS) Pathology (Board Review Series)
Without doubt the best Pathology review book. Everything in here is relevant for the USMLE and anything not in this book you probably don't want to know. Contains only a few pictures, therefore you will need some pathology atlas. (see below....)

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USMLE Step 1 (NMS) NMS Review for USMLE Step 1 (with CD-ROM)
17 simulated USMLE Step 1 exams. Of all the question collections, this one comes the closest to the actual USMLE style. I recommend you practice these 17 tests under "real-time conditions"!

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Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
Probably the funniest in the entire MedMaster series. Incredible cartoons, many mnemonics. This is the best microbiology review you can buy for USMLE preparation.

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Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple
Covers the most important principles in clinical pharmacology, with many drug comparisons charts.

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Biochemistry Made Ridiculously Simple Biochemistry Made Ridiculously Simple
Includes a color map of Biochemistryland (an amusement park in which clinical biochemistry is seen as a whole).

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Physiology Made Ridiculously Simple Physiology Made Ridiculously Simple
The cardio-pulmonary-renal-acid-base balance in one sweet swoop. Easy introduction to the clinically most relevant parts of physiology.

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         Other Popular USMLE Step 1 Books

Physiology (Saunders) Linda Costanzo: Physiology *** ONLINE STUDENT CONSULT ***
This book is a life saver for physiology in med school. It is easy to read and short and sweet. Linda C. doesn't go into long unnecessary details, but gets right to the point. She has a shorter BRS book, which is also good, but sometimes you just need a better explanation, and this book offers that and more.

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Genetics (Pretest) Genetics (PreTest Series)
I particularly recommend this book for the GENETICS portion. Molecular genetics has become such an important topic on the USMLE. You can't afford to ignore it. This collection of practice questions provides good training in a high-yield area.

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Behavioral Science (BRS) Behavioral Science (Board Review Series)
I find all behavioral sciences books boring - maybe it's me, maybe it's the subject... ;-)   The BRS is one of the better ones and gives you all you need to answer many of the questions on the USMLE. Behavioral science should not be neglected. Expect many questions on the exam!

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Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology Robins and Cotran: Atlas of Pathology
Complements the "Pathologic Basis of Diseases" series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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        Books of special interest to IMGs

First Aid for the IMG First Aid for the International Medical Graduate
Insider advice from IMGs for IMGs.

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Clinical Skills Assessment Mastering the USMLE Step 2CS
The USMLE Step2 CS for international medical graduates has always been a bit of a mystery. How do I approach the Standardized Patient? How do I study for this examination? How much time do I have with each patient? How will I be graded? How can I improve my performance?

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The Successful Match The Successful Match: 200 Rules
200 Rules to succeed in the Residency Match - a results-oriented, thorough, and complete guide. Remarkably, it is also engaging, step by step and easy to follow.

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