First Aid Book Announcements & Corrections
With this edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, we continue our commitment to providing students with the most useful and up-to-date preparation guide for the USMLE Step 1. This edition represents an unprecedented revision to the text and illustrations, including:
- Over 50 entirely new facts and over 500 major fact updates based on the largest student survey in First Aid history.
- Extensive text revisions, new mnemonics, clarifications, and corrections curated by a team of 30 student authors who excelled on their Step 1 examinations. Revisions were based on over 3,000 suggestions received, and nearly 100,000 votes cast, and then verified by an expanded team of expert faculty reviewers.
- Updated with more than 350 full-color images to help visualize various disorders, descriptive findings, and basic science concepts. Labeled and captioned photographs were selected to aid retention by engaging visual memory in a manner complementary to mnemonics.
- Updated with 100+ new or revised diagrams. In partnership with USMLE-Rx.com (MedIQ Learning, LLC), we have begun introducing enhanced illustrations with improved information design to help students integrate pathophysiology, therapeutics, and diseases into memorable frameworks for annotation and personalization.
- A revised exam preparation guide with updated data from the NBME and NRMP. It also features updated USMLE advice for international medical graduates and osteopathic and podiatric students.
- An updated guide to recommended USMLE Step 1 review resources, based on a nationwide survey of randomly selected third-year medical students.
- Real-time Step 1 updates and corrections can be found exclusively on our blog.
- We invite students and faculty to continue sharing their thoughts and ideas to help us continually improve First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 through our blog and collaborative editorial platform.
Louisville Tao Le
Los Angeles Vikas Bhushan
Providence Matthew Sochat
New Haven Goran Micevic
New Haven Max Petersen
San Francisco Kimberly Kallianos
The OFFICIAL errata for the 2013 version of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is now posted on our Errata Page.
Remember, you can help us update our errata throughout the year. If you find an error that has not yet been reported, tell us about it. If you are the first to submit an errata, you may qualify to win a $5.00 to $20.00 Amazon.com gift card.
Long before “crowdsourcing” became a popular buzzword, the editors at First Aid embraced the concept of tapping into the knowledge of a large group of people to develop the world’s best selling medical review books. After all, the First Aid series has always been by students, for students. With our new Step 1 errata submission process, we’re getting back to our roots in a way that you, the student, can monitor.
The real news is that you can view submissions long before we post a list of errata. We urge you to take a look at the list of proposed Step 1 errata and suggestions. Bear in mind that this list does not house verified or approved errata/suggestions, only PROPOSED submissions. Each submission will be reviewed by the appropriate author teams for consideration in the next edition or as an update to the Errata page. If you believe that you’ve uncovered an erratum that is unique and/or more accurate, click here to access our new Step 1 errata submission form.
We’re pretty excited about the new submission process, and we look forward to even more advanced submission options in the near future.
Let us know what you think about the new Step 1 errata submission process by posting a comment below.
We’ve posted the final First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2012 Edition errata!
The OFFICIAL errata for the 2012 version of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is now posted on our Errata Page.
Remember, you can help us update our errata throughout the year. If you find an error in the 2013 edition that has not yet been reported, tell us about it. If you are the first to submit an errata, you may qualify to win a $20.00 Amazon.com gift card.
2012 ERRORS FIXED
Our first priority was to fix the errors reported in the previous edition. Our errata review resulted in 317 verified errata – some minor and some major, but all examined in an extensive process with expert review and adjudication by faculty. This process prompted us to revert many of the “errata” previously published on the errata list, and so the penultimate 2012 errata list is being published on our website, www.firstaidteam.com. Yet even with this rigorous review process, there will be passages that evoke passionate disagreement among students and even among faculty. As always, we welcome your feedback.
Our errata review also revealed many comments that challenged us to clarify, simplify, or otherwise improve the material to avoid confusion in complex or ambiguous factual areas. While a word count alone is only one way to judge a revision, a quick comparison below shows the extent to which we have expanded the text and, importantly, the index in the new edition. The vast majority of the 10,000+ new words are clarifications and rewrites of existing entries that were potential sources of confusion with other review books, test banks, and web resources. STRUCTURAL CHANGES
- Based on student feedback and surveyed preferences, the embryology content has been incorporated into the relevant major organ systems chapters
- Many entries have been merged, grouped, or consolidated (e.g., pp. 417, 429)
- The dermatology section (pp. 395-403) includes 59 new color images
- The Rapid Review section is better “synchronized” with underlying high-yield material covered within the book
- The index has been fully redone with the assistance of a medical indexer and medical students who gave feedback on each index entry
- The test preparation material in Section I is updated and expanded, with additional advice for IMGs and DO students
DESIGN AND LAYOUT CHANGES
- Entry formats are extensively redesigned, to better separate headings from content and to aid in grouping related material logically
- Mnemonics are colorized and bolded to clarify associations and memory hooks
- Entries requiring more than 1 page are on a 2-page spread for convenience
- Selected illustrations were redesigned and colorized in a new First Aid style, to aid in visual clarity (e.g., pp. 71, 106, 314, 478)
In the end, real-world student experience with the book will determine the success or relative value of a revision. We offer this summary so that students may appreciate the extent of the changes in the 2013 edition, many of which may not be immediately apparent.
The Editors of First Aid