15,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook!


We’re thrilled you like us! We’re working hard behind the scenes to give you more to like! If you haven’t already, check out the 2013 edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, take a peek at our new Step 1 errata submission process (including a list of errata that other students have already submitted, and like us on Facebook to get daily challenge Q&A, links to our First Aid Team blog posts, updates on news relevant to you as a med student, and much, much more!

Want more? Tell us in the comments below what you’d like to see from First Aid / USMLE-Rx this year!

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USMLE-Rx Step 3 Qmax Challenge #31003


Check out today’s Step 3 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation.

USMLE-Rx Step 3 Qmax Challenge #31003An 88-year-old woman with mild dementia, hypertension, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hypothyroidism, and osteoarthritis presents to her primary care physician for evaluation of an unsteady gait. She and her family have noticed gradual worsening of her gait over the past year. She denies dizziness or lightheadedness and she has no pain. She says that she is not interested in cooking any more and mostly eats toast with jam and drinks tea or coffee. Her medications include hydrochlorothiazide, levothyroxine, acetaminophen, aspirin, and pantoprazole. Her vital signs are unremarkable. Her examination is most notable for mild conjunctival pallor, decreased proprioception in the toes, and a positive Romberg’s sign. Laboratory tests reveal a hematocrit of 29% and mean corpuscular volume of 108 fL. A peripheral blood smear is shown in the image.

Which of her medications is most likely exacerbating her anemia?

A. Hydrochlorothiazide
B. Acetaminophen
C. Pantoprazole
D. Aspirin
E. Levothyroxine

Want to know the ‘bottom line?’ Purchasing a USMLE-Rx Subscription provides many more features, more questions, and passages from First Aid, including images, references, and other facts relevant to this question.

This practice question is an actual question from the USMLE-Rx Step 3 test bank.

Med School Style [Gangnam Style Med Parody] – NYMC Class of 2016


We love this video from:
New York Medical College Class of 2016.

USMLE-Rx Student Ambassador Program – We Need YOU!


studentWould you like to: 

  • Earn $150 worth of Amazon.com gift certificates for 30 mintues of work?
  • Help your fellow classmates save $$$ on USMLERx products?
  • Help your fellow classmates receive expert board prep information/advice from the First Aid authors?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any (or all) of these questions, they you are ready to become a USMLERx Student Ambassador.


What does a Student Ambassador do?

  • Student reps promote First Aid webinars and specials on USMLERx.com by sending e-mail blasts to classmates throughout the school year. You’ll be asked to send 6 e-mail blasts, and you’ll receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate for each blast you send. We provide the text for the e-mails — all you have to do is press ‘SEND.’

Click here to submit your information for consideration.

Dr. Tao Le to Speak at SNMA 2013 AMEC



Dr. Tao Le will give a First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 talk at the Student National Medical Association’s 2013 Annual Medical Education Conference.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2013
Time: 10am
Place: Galt House, 140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202

For more information and to register, visit the SNMA website at http://www.snma.org/amec.php.

Med School Done Right: Don’t Let Others Tell You What You Should Care About – Part 1


By Luke Murray

This post is part of a series called “Med School Done Right,” which will look at not just succeeding in medical school in the narrow terms of “getting good grades,” but at shaping the kind of experiences you want to have during these (usually) four very important years of your life.

Everyone told me that Step 2 CS was easy and didn’t matter, so I didn’t start studying until a couple days before the test. This was half way through my 4th year.


Gunner Style! (Gangnam Style Med School Parody)


We love this video from the Feinberg School of Medicine! Why? Because he’s “got all these books, but I only read First Aid.”


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