Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Order of Subjects

Today I was asked a very good question on one of the usmle forums. The student asked me what the best order is to review the subjects for Step 1. The most logical method is to study them in the same order you took these classes in Med School. Start with subjects that don't need a lot of integrations with other subjects. For example, here is the order I am using:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Physiology
  4. Microbiology
  5. Pathology
  6. Pharmacology
  7. Behavioral Sciences
Now, for the last 3 subjects, you may prefer to switch these around, and it would be okay. Please note that Pathology integrates almost all of the other subjects you've studied (makes sense since it's the main bulk of the USMLE step 1). You can do Pharm before Pathology if you want to take advantage of the Pharm integration in Rapid Review Pathology (however there aren't that many of them). I recommended Behavioral Sciences after Pharmacology because BS (lol) has a psychopharmacology section that requires you to have some background in Pharm.
I recently came across an excellent study guide for the USMLE by someone called Taus on SDN. I highly recommend it. It integrates several subjects well and is overall an excellent guide that you can mend to best fit you. Here is the link for it:
If you guys have any further suggestions or questions, feel free to comment.

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