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What’s New in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2015?

Question Digestion: A Guide to Breaking Down Step Questions

First Aid/USMLE-Rx Winter Special

What’s New in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2015?

As the USMLE Step 1 exam continues to evolve, so too does First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. The new edition marks 25 years that First Aid has been a med student’s best friend. We had three primary goals with the 2015 edition:

  • Updating our existing content based on feedback from, literally, thousands of medical students
  • Adding new high-yield content relevant to the exam
  • Improving the number and quality of clinical photos and drawings

Our editors and authors synthesized 2,000+ comments received via the First Aid Team blog and 20,000+ comments via our online editing platform, Annotate, into discrete, actionable changes to the text. All revisions were verified by a very impressive group of expert reviewers and again, vetted by the crowd.

Additionally, the art program expanded to include 1000+ clinical photos and drawings. We tried to balance optimal image size while still leaving enough white space for your own notes. Let us know how well we did by sending your feedback

To celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, we are giving away five combo prizes that include an autographed copy of the 2015 edition plus a 6-month subscription to USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax. Follow us on Facebook for an opportunity to enter to win one of these great combos!

Question Digestion: A Guide to Breaking Down Step Questions 

Developing a question-taking strategy is a key component to success on test day. Here is a general outline for approaching each and every question you come across, Step or otherwise.

Step 1: Read the Question

Find the sentence with the question mark after it (called the Lead-In), and read it thoroughly. It is easy to get lost in the jungle of a question stem or vignette. Picking out the question is akin to grabbing a compass before you head out into the woods for a camping trip. You always know your true north, i.e., where the question stem is headed.

Step 2: Skim the Answer Choices

Don’t read through a novel of a question stem with an answer in mind, only to find that it doesn’t exist in the choices below. Skimming over the answer choices tempers your expectations as you begin to process the information that will lead you to the right answer.

Step 3: Scrutinize the Stem

Question stems can be arduous and long, but in the end, they contain the answers you so desperately seek. Luckily, by this point, you already know what the question is, and you have a vague understanding of the options, so you’re well on your way to picking out the relevant details.

Step 4: Eliminate and Choose

At the end of the day, you have to choose an answer from the options presented to you. The right answer isn’t always immediately apparent. In many cases, the most obvious thing to do is eliminate answer choices you know can’t be right. Ideally, you should do this as you read the stem with the answer choices in mind, but it never hurts to delve back into the stem to find information that clearly conflicts with certain answers. When you finally settle on an answer, it should not be clearly in opposition to any information presented in the stem.

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