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First Aid for the USMLE Step 3, Third Edition 3rd Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071712972
ISBN-10: 0071712976
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Tao Le, M.D., M.HS.is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville.

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Product Details

  • Series: First Aid for the USMLE Step 3
  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 3rd edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071712976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071712972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of people suggest using Crush Step 3, but I looked at it, felt it was a) too thick and b) the questions and topics were not that relevant to the actual exam (especially in retrospect).

First Aid step 3 continues the long tradition of First Aid books for the USMLE's. But let's face it, you need the books less and less, and they put less and less into them for each one. The best one is/was for Step 1. Step 2 book was useful. Step 3 book is somewhat useful. (Having said that, it was the only book I studied from, to the extent that I studied, and I got over 240...).

The book has an above average number of typos and appears to have been rushed out.

The highlight is the 100 mini cases that have differentials and lab tests that are useful for the CCS cases.

But overall, I think it is the best review book for step 3. Not too much extraneous information, no fake questions that are either too easy or too hard. Just a lot of good info. Some of it is, however, utterly and completely irrelevant to the exam. And they could have spent more time reviewing outpatient material such as derm, emergency room, and less about inpatient medicine, almost everybody who takes step 3 does not need a review of inpatient anything after internship :)
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By Adam Rosh on April 13, 2005
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Just finished taking step 3...I highly recommend First Aid, it is concise and, most importantly, the information in the text is relevant to the actual exam. It is easy to get through and I actually learned quite a bit reading it. Lastly, the description and tips it provides for the new interactive section of step 3 was invaluable, trust me.
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The problem I had with this book was that there were MAJOR missing topics such as:

1. appendicitis (???!!)
2. small/large bowel obstruction
3. rheumatic fever
4. pediatric rashes - NO mention of measles, mumps, rubella except how they affect the neonate. I'm looking more for what the different rashes in a kid look like and their accompanying sxs
5. spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
6. aortic aneurysm (!!!)
7. contraindications for vaccines
8. skimped on a lot of cardiac medication side effects - no mention of dig or amiodarone or lidocaine toxicity
9. delayed puberty
10. botulinism
11. diaper rash (seriously, this is def. asked in step 3)
12. discusses gastroschisis but not omphalocele??

you get the idea.

Their biostatistic section was a nightmare - poorly organised and lacking basic information - such as defining different types of experimental study biases and including poorly worded explanations instead of just giving us an example like they did in step 2 First Aid. The cardiology section LUMPED stable, unstable angina and MI into one single-paged mess.....I don't know about you, but more clarification about who goes and gets cathed and what the indications for angioplasty, PCI are would have been nice.

And WAY too much emphasis on: ortho (2-3 pages of chart/table devoted to ortho injuries???)

CSS section probably fine if you use it - I didn't use it at all. I just used USMLE world's CSS cases and those were more than sufficient and inclusive.

Unfortunately, this is probably still the best review book out there for step 3, if nothing else than for the familiar format.
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Missing a ton of topics, it became a game to see something on UWORLD, flip to the index of first aid and inevitably not find the topic covered at all. I ended up with a very heavily edited index where I added in all the stuff that was missing. Even their MI section is literally just a page, it's so laughably incomplete and everything is setup in this very generic, completely unhelpful way. I have no idea how people recommend this book to people. I really wish I had begun annotating in a different book. I treated this more as a notebook than an actual study guide. If I wanted to actually learn something I read MTB. MTB is annoyingly long but I found the CCS tips and the basic science stuff actually interesting to read. Unless you heavily annotate, First Aid is the driest, most boring read imaginable, it's hard to retain anything from it. But who knows, maybe my frustration with this book drove me to improve it to the point that it helped my studying? And at least my copy of MTB is unmarked.
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I'm about to take my step 3 exam and I based my study on this book. It is divided in 2 sections, high yield facts and clinical cases simulator. The clinical case part is quite ok, gives you a rapid tool to do your cases. The high yield facts part, on the other hand, has several errors and facts that I really don't know where they came from and cost me some questions during questions practice... Since I started to doubt of the accuracy of this so called high yield facts, I had to invest more time in confirming some of them. There has to be a better book.
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Let's face it - intern year isn't what it used to be and Step 3 is basically aimed at primary care/IM/EM type of stuff. I, like most residents, completely did not put nearly as much effort into step 3 as step 1 or step 2. I basically read this book and did USMLE World QBank and I passed, but nearly a full standard deviation below my step 1, but it's not the fault of the book. It's a decent read, especially for residents that are in non primary care fields and need to review stuff that they do not see often, such as infection disease, OB/GYN, and pediatrics.
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