MedEssentials USMLE Step 1

MedEssentials USMLE Step 1
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MedEsssentials USMLE Step 1 is a complete review book for the USMLE Step 1, which covers the whole materials on the first two years of medical studies. Published by Kaplan, MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is recommended for students who are looking for a reference book for their medical school studies, as well as, the USMLE Step 1.

Rated: #7 in Best USMLE Step 1 Exam Books

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MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is a complete review book for the USMLE Step 1, which covers the whole materials on the first two years of medical studies. Published by Kaplan, MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is recommended for students who are looking for a reference book for their medical school studies, as well as, the USMLE Step 1.

What’s new?

This fourth edition of MedEssential USMLE Step 1 consists of a new update on its design; with more space in its content, students have more room to write notes as they please. There are also several photos on medical practice which are presented in full color. Although, the texts and review content are still in their plain black color on the white sheet.

MedEssential USMLE Step 1 offers high-yield content for medical students, as well as USMLE Step 1 test-takers. The book is rationally organized exclusively for students who are preparing their USMLE or COMLEX studies. It was mentioned that the buyer of this book would obtain a mobile version, which I suppose is an ebook. Hopefully, this is not what people aim for, because I somehow did not manage to enjoy this free feature.

Pros

  1. Lots of content and illustrated information
  2. Appealing graphs and tables

Cons

  1. Over-detailed explanations on certain topics
  2. Thin paper

Book Details:MedEssentials USMLE Step 1


Publisher:
 Kaplan Publishing

Edition: 4th (October 2, 2012)

ISBN-13: 978-1609780265

Effectiveness/Quality:

The charming point of MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is the plenty usage of graphs and tables, which are more illustrative than paragraphs of plain texts. By drawing charts and diagrams, MedEssentials USMLE is able to convey more information with less number of pages. Furthermore, it is often easier to memorize. There are several subjects that are more understandable when described in tables, such as Microbiology and Pharmacology.

However, some of the illustrations are not easy to read. In the Immunology section, for example, many of the charts are not explained really well. Interestingly, I was informed that they are elaborately explained in Kaplan Live, instead. This, however, leads to a reduction in quality for MedEssentials USMLE Step 1.

As regards the presentation of the book, other than the fully colored pictures as specified in the cover, the rest of the MedEssentials USMLE are written in monochrome. While it does not reduce the effectiveness of the content review in any way, I find it disappointing to have little combination of colors in the book. On a side note, the blank spaces between texts are really enticing to write some comments or my own notes without having to cramp them up in small letters.

Reliability:

The topics and the comprehensive review on the first and second year of medical studies are really helpful for school prep, as well as for the USMLE. Some particularly informative subjects include Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Basic Pathology, and Neurobiology. The charts and tables also make it easier to recall in the duration of the exam. And therefore, MedEssentials USMLE is recommended as a review book in preparing for your USMLE Step 1.

As for the other aspects of MedEssentials USMLE, there are several materials that are explained in a too long-winded manner that they become harder to understand. While this shows how Kaplan tries to extend more aid in describing more details on occasions, this proves to be backfiring as most test-takers are looking for simplified materials that would be lighter to understand, memorize, and used during the short duration in the test.

Value:

Speaking of the value, this book is priced decently. At less than $40, MedEssentials USMLE contains a crunched review for two years of medical studies, which are also tested in various exams including USMLE Step 1.

Although, the score for this book is slightly lower due to the kind of paper it uses. Probably to reduce the weight of the book, the papers of MedEssentials USMLE is quite thin. And so, users will need to avoid using too much highlighter or it may end up damaging the book.

Availability:

MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is purchasable from Amazon and its affiliates. There are a lot of supplies, including the brand new and used books. Some of the used books are priced much lower than the cost of a new one. This book is not available for rent via Amazon. It does not have a Kindle, either. Although, it is possible that this is because the mobile version of this book is given for free upon purchase, or so it was claimed.

Conclusion:

MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is one of the recommended USMLE Review books for the USMLE Step 1. This particular MedEssentials book offers many illustrative graphs and tables which are easy to memorize, except for only a few diagrams which have insufficient explanations. Although MedEssentials USMLE comes with a few drawbacks, this book ranks one of the best review books on how to pass the USMLE Step 1.


MedEssentials USMLE Step 1

Review Summary:

MedEsssentials USMLE Step 1 is a complete review book for the USMLE Step 1, which covers the whole materials on the first two years of medical studies. Published by Kaplan, MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is recommended for students who are looking for a reference book for their medical school studies, as well as, the USMLE Step 1.

Rated: #7 in Best USMLE Step 1 Exam Books


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MedEsssentials USMLE Step 1 is a complete review book for the USMLE Step 1, which covers the whole materials on the first two years of medical studies. Published by Kaplan, MedEssentials USMLE Step 1 is recommended for students who are looking for a reference book for their medical school studies, as well as, the USMLE Step 1.

Rated: #7 in Best USMLE Step 1 Exam Books

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