New First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Errata Submission Process


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.




FINAL 2012 First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Errata Posted!


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 gift card.

Please visit the page or click here to download the new errata.

Mnemonic Monday: Road Trip!!- Three Mnemonics for the Facial Nerve


By Molly Lewis

Anatomy has always been one of my favorite subjects, and I love using mnemonics to remember all the details! Here are three mnemonics for the facial nerve that I found really helpful.


Med School Done Right: Avoiding Post-Exam Regret


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.

We all know the feeling. You get a test back, and the score is lower than you were expecting (or hoping) it would be. You go through the stages of mourning: fear, denial, anger, sadness, acceptance, etc. Sometimes these emotions happen in a flash. Other times, they may take weeks to get through. But we all spend at least some time feeling a bit of regret. The thought process is some version of “I could have done better” followed by a form of emotional or psychological self-flagellation.


Med School’s So Hard [“In Paris” Med Parody]


We love this video from:
University of Maryland School of Medicine 2015
Freshman Follies (5/21/12)


For IMGs: Tips for IMGs During Sub-Internships in the U.S.


By Sarah Wesley

Once you have endured the hassle of arranging a sub-internship, buying plane tickets, and obtaining housing, traveler’s insurance, the works, you may find yourself having a moment of panic as you realize that the only thing you know about the workings of American hospitals is what you garnered from watching Greys Anatomy, ER, and Scrubs.

Before you begin to hyperventilate and perhaps even syncopize, take a deep breath and be assured that this is the plight of the majority of international medical students who find themselves attempting to navigate a foreign medical system. This article is meant to preempt some of your questions, the same questions I had, and to provide tips to ease the transition.


First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Casebook – A newborn boy with apparent birth defects


A newborn boy is found to have an increased head circumference, macroglossia, an umbilical hernia, lethargy, and a hoarse cry. The mother has no significant past medical history, takes no medications, and received adequate prenatal care. His serum thyroxine (T4) concentration is ~50% that of normal infants.


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