Boards & Beyond: USMLE Step 1 (2021)

Step 1-Preclinical is ideal for:

  • Med students looking for a supplement to their MS1 or MS2 curriculum.
  • Anyone preparing for the USMLE Step 1COMLEX Level 1 or NBME Basic Science exams.

Step 1-Preclinical provides an online virtual curriculum to supplement your coursework and build your foundation in all preclinical topics. Instead of buzzwords or mnemonics, we emphasize understanding of the basic and preclinical sciences, so you can STUDY SMARTER for success in medical school and on the USMLE Step 1 exam. Members have access to 447 videos, PDF copies of the slides and a question bank with more than 2300 questions covering the breadth of preclinical material. The question bank can be accessed through video-specific quizzes or a custom quiz builder with both timed and tutorial modes.

How to use Boards & Beyond

Members often ask me what the best way to use Boards and Beyond is, and the real answer is “whatever way works best for you.” Everyone studies and remembers information in different ways, so the study strategy that gets one medical student a 270 on the USMLE Step 1 exam might not work for you at all.

I realize that this is an unsatisfying answer, so here is a guide to how I would use Boards and Beyond to study for Step 1. This is a method that has been used by many of my students with good success.

Go Slow

Especially if this is your first time watching a Boards and Beyond video, go slow. Pause and go back if you need to. Make sure you understand each point in the video before moving on to the next one.

Take Notes

The best way to learn from a Boards and Beyond video is to take notes while you watch. Turn your viewing experience from a passive to an active exercise. Watch as if you were in class with a live lecturer, but with the ability to pause or rewind if you miss something. We recommend taking notes in the margins of our books or the pdf files included in your subscription. Write down key points. Make sketches. Underline words. By engaging your motor brain in addition to the visual and auditory senses, you will retain more information.

Review and Take the Quizzes

After watching a video, wait 24 hours before taking the associated quiz. During this time, review your notes as if you were preparing for a quiz in class. This is also a great time to review other resources that cover topics from the videos like First Aid for the Boards, or textbooks like Robbins Pathology and Costanzo Physiology. For students who like to use Anki, we recommend the AnKing Deck (we’ve gotten reports that Lightyear isn’t available anymore). You can unsuspend cards from the video you just watched and go through them before taking the quiz. Between the video, a review of your notes, Anki, and reading from books, you should have a solid foundation for the material. Then take the quiz and carefully review each answer explanation. Add new information to your notes based on things you learn from the quizzes.

Start Basic

Begin by watching videos in these sections: Basic Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Pathology, and Immunology. These topics lay the foundation for later learning in organ systems. If you understand concepts in these areas, you will more easily grasp advanced topics like diseases and treatments.

Move Ahead

After watching the Boards and Beyond sections on the basic topics listed above, move on to organ systems and other topics like Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Neurology, Renal, and Pulmonary. Finish up by watching the videos on Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Dermatology, Musculoskeletal, Psychiatry, and Reproductive.

Categories & Lessons

We offer content in over a dozen subjects including cardiology, renal, pulmonary, biostatistics, biochemistry, and more.

Step 1-Preclinical

  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostats/EpiCardiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary
  • Renal
  • Reproductive

Details : Videos , PDF

Price : $ 40

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