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First Aid for the Usmle Step 2 Paperback – Import, January 1, 2006
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From the Back Cover
“Excellent resource for Step 2 and clinical rotations. Succinct, yet high yield.”
-- Cornell medical student
“High-yield facts and excellent illustrations . . . my primary preparation source for the USMLE2. A key book to own."
-- UCLA medical student
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About the Author
Vikas Bhushan, MD (University of California, Los Angeles) Chirag Amin, MD (University of Miami, Miami, Florida) Tao Le, MD (Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conneticut; University of California, San Francisco) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But there are better resources out there.
Lets get one thing out of the way first: Step 2 CK success comes from the resources and studying you did in your clinical rotations, how well you did in Step 1, and from Uworld questions and their explanations. The review book is much less relevant here than in Step 1. Importantly, however, a review book organizes your thinking and provides a single location for all the high yield facts.
First Aid for Step 2 is a good source. Not a great source. But compared to the classical Mastering the Boards combo it is leagues better. It actually covers topics in reasonable detail, especially IM topics, that MTB seems to shallowly skim over. While it is not as easy of a read, it is also not utterly worthless. MTB is made for people who just don't remember the disease. FA is made for people who dont remember specifics in pathophys and basic treatments of disease. In short FA is more detailed which makes it harder to finish but more useful if you actually plan on using a review book.
It is not perfect at all however. The pediatric section, while just as good as other review books, is horribly inadequate such that I annotated (from Uworld) to the point of wiping out all the margins in several pages in that book. The cardiology section does not have treatments for various arrhythmias nor talks about clinical decision making in such primary care topics as hyperlipidemia (the section is in the book, but the indicates for moderate vs high dose statins is not). The Gyn/OB chapters are passable but things like vaccinations to be given in pregnancy are not discussed, while other topics like screening for cervical cancer are presented as a wall of text rather than a flow chart.
Other topics are covered with more or less decent consistency. But oddly some topics will mention a disease but never mention the treatment or next best step which is unbelievably frustrating for a test which asks 90% of the time what the next best step (not the pathophys) is. Again this problem is glaring in the peds section.
The psych section was no better than the Step 1 version and even didn't include the ego defenses. It did have a bereavement vs depression table which is a high yield point for sure.
No surgery chapter. Sure some of the topics is under the header of "assorted topics in EM" but that is just silly considering it is a fundamental rotation.
In conclusion the book is good. Not great. If some sections were beefed up and the topics were covered more concisely and ALWAYS including treatment, then we are golden. If you plan on using a review book for Step 2 use this one. If you still prefer MTB 2/3 because it is an easier read then you are better off just doing questions.
Definitely a very useful book.
Otherwise good in general, a lot of information in bulletpoints (section 2) which makes it a bit hard to read/ study, but it is good to look up information needed when practising cases.
Cases look good with the explanations, sometimes I don't agree with the diffetentials though (eg depression with unintentional weight loss, epigastrial discomfort- depression as 2nd dg etc).
Cons: does not cover some topics in sufficient detail. Especially OBGYN.
Overall a bare bones review of step 2 which may be what you're looking for. However even if you memorized the book you would still get a lot of UWorld questions wrong.