First Aid Book Announcements & Corrections
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
Conveniently organized by organ system and general principles
With this edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, we continue our commitment to provide students with the most useful and up-to-date preparation guide for the USMLE Step 1. This edition represents a major revision in many ways and includes:
- A new, full-color design with color images and illustrations integrated throughout the text.
- A revised and updated exam preparation guide for the USMLE Step 1. Includes detailed analysis as well as study and test-taking strategies for the FRED v2 format.
- *Revisions and new material based on student experience with the 2011 administrations of the computerized USMLE Step 1.
- Revised USMLE advice for international medical graduates, osteopathic medical students, podiatry students, and students with disabilities.
- More than 1200 frequently tested facts and useful mnemonics, including hundreds of new or revised entries in reorganized sections.
- An updated guide to hundreds of recommended USMLE Step 1 review resources, based on a nationwide survey of randomly selected third-year medical students.
- Bonus Step 1 high-yield facts, cases, video lectures, corrections, and updates exclusively on our blog at www.firstaidteam.com.
- 125+ color clinical photographs integrated throughout the text
- Hundreds of full-color illustrations clarify essential concepts and improve retention Rapid-review section for last-minute cramming Detailed test-taking strategies to help you maximize your study time Hundreds of student-recommended USMLE Step 1 review resources Advice from students who aced the 2012 exam
- 1200+ frequently tested facts and mnemonics
- Hundreds of high-yield color images and diagrams throughout Student ratings of more than 300 review products
By Dr. Tao Le
It’s that time of the year!
I’m heading to New Haven this weekend to begin working with the Yale author team to revise First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 for 2013. The 2012 edition was a big step forward in terms of an all new page design and color throughout the book. We also added many new high-yield facts and purged the book of some outdated, low-yield stuff.
We also had some challenges as the new design forced the publisher to re-typeset the entire book and this introduced many inadvertent errors that were frustrating to both you, the students, and those of us here at First Aid/USMLE-Rx. We obviously plan to directly address this in the upcoming edition.
We also plan to refine the design of the 2013 edition and improve the quality of the existing images in addition to the usual high-yield fact updates. We appreciate the hundreds of suggestions that we received over the past several months and plan to review each one.
We want to hear from you! Please post a comment below, and let us know what we can do with the upcoming edition to make it better, smarter, and the most valuable USMLE Step 1 study resource possible.