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The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. By reading these best USMLE books in 2020 you will boost up your preparation for the USMLE exam.

First Aid Q&A for the USMLE Step 1, Third Edition (First Aid USMLE)
Author: Tao Le,James A. Feinstein,Mark W. Ball,Annie Dude,Rebecca L. Hoffman,Mark Robert Jensen,Kimberly Kallianos,Cesar Raudel Padilla,Lauren Rothkopf,James Yeh
Published at: 14/02/2012
ISBN: 0071744029

If you are looking for a comprehensive resource that will help you the most to prepare yourself for the USMLE test then this book USMLE STEP 1 can be the best option for you. It has over 1000 questions about United States Medical Licensing Examination.

This USMLE book is written is a Q&A style that is suitable for both long term and short term preparation. It is easy to read, there are a wide variety of topics and amazing explanation for correct and incorrect answers with 350 of high-resolution images.

In a word, your preparation for taking the first test in USMLE is incomplete without this book.

Contents of this book:

  • General Principles
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology, pathology, and pharmacology
  • Organ System
  • Cardiovascular
  • Hematology
  • Neurology
  • Renal, reproductive and respiratory

Master the Boards USMLE Step 3
Author: Conrad Fischer MD
Published at: 03/07/2018
ISBN: 1506235875

MASTER THE BOARDS STEP 3 is targeted for the part 3 test of USMLE examination. If you have already revised part 1 and part 2 test then this book is for you to pass the 3rd test.

This USMLE book focuses upon the highly tested concepts, provide suggestions for the exam with the questions most likely to be placed on the test. With tips and tricks from the experts and up to date contents, this book provides a guarantee for you to pass the 3rd examination.

It also has an online companion at where you can easily test your skills and measure your level.

Contents of this book:

  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Vast introduction on Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Various kinds of diseases
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Neurology
  • Preventive medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Radiology
  • Emergency medicine and many more

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2017
Author: Tao Le,Vikas Bhushan,Matthew Sochat,Yash Chavda
Published at: 02/01/2017
ISBN: 1259837637

FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1 2017 is considered as a Med Student Bible. This highly praised book is a perfect study guide when preparing for the USMLE Step 1 examination.

It has over 1300 must-know facts and mnemonics which provides a complete framework for your test preparation. This is an amazing resource and covers almost all the high yield information that you need to know for step 1.

It has everything a medical student must know. It points out what you really need to pass the examination and focuses on them. Get this amazing resource and place yourselves in the top list of USMLE 1st step exams.

Contents of this book:

  • Basic Introduction on USMLE step 1
  • Timeline and Study Materials
  • Important test-taking strategies
  • A brief discussion on High yield organ systems
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Neurology and special senses
  • Cell Biology and histology
  • Top-rated review resources
  • Question banks and many more.

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018, 28th Edition
Author: Tao Le,Vikas Bhushan,Matthew Sochat,Yash Chavda,Andrew Zureick
Published at: 21/12/2017
ISBN: 1260116123

FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1 2018 is the updated version of its predecessor. This book is one of the most reviewed study material for taking part in the USMLE Step 1 examination.

This book has some awesome new updates which make it more versatile and resourceful. There are updates to a large number of images and tables of drugs and medicines. This book summarizes the whole syllabus and makes an easy way to get prepared for the examination.

The updated edition has a more efficient guide to exam preparation with bonus material and real-time updates exclusively at This book is probably the single highest-yield book you can buy as a medical student.

Contents of this book:

  • Basic introduction
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Clinical vignette strategies
  • Highly yield general principles
  • Public health sciences
  • Highly yield organ systems
  • Top-rated review resources
  • Anatomy, embryology, and neuroscience
  • Behavioral science and many more

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2019,  Twenty-ninth edition
Author: Tao Le,Vikas Bhushan
Published at: 21/12/2018
ISBN: 1260143678

FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1 2020 is the latest update of one of the greatest and most useful books for medical students and for taking preparation for USMLE Step 1.

This book is updated with the most recent resources and changes and is based on the latest medical technologies that are important for examination. It has a brief inspection which reveals the addition of a huge number of new diagrams and pictures which improve the clarity of many, many concepts.

Comparing to the 2018 edition there are lots of improvements. There are new mnemonics, figures, tables, and color, etc. Add this updated edition in your collection today.

Updated Contents:

  • Mutations in DNA
  • Protein synthesis
  • Ethanol metabolism
  • HIV diagnosis algorithm
  • Some additions about the immunology of cancer
  • Hematology and oncology and many more.

Boards Ready, USMLE Step 1, Step 2, Step 3
Author: MD Tricia A. Derges
Published at: 01/01/2018
ISBN: 099917200X

BOARDS READY, USMLE Step1, Step2, Step3 is an all in one book for preparing for the USMLE step 1, 2 and 3 tests. Dr. Tricia A. Derge's amazing writing style and teaching method will amaze you. This book covers all the topics of Steps 1, 2 and 3. It will be your perfect replacement for multiple books.

It provides you the whole overview of USMLE tests. It will serve you from the first day of medical school to the Step 3 exam. It is also a valuable resource to the physician during practice. Again this book is based on the high yield subjects and topics that are very important for tests.

It organizes and simplifies difficult material in such a way that it becomes manageable, understandable, highly visual and easy to remember. Praised by a wide bunch of students, get yourself this phenomenal resource for USMLE tests.

Dermatology for the USMLE
Author: Alvaro J. Ramos MD
Published at: 15/08/2016
ISBN: 0692525297

DERMATOLOGY FOR THE USMLE is a dermatology review book with up to date information which will help you the most to prepare for USMLE. It has over 450 full-color and vibrant images.

It has accurate information and excellent images, which will help you visualize and have a better understanding of many diseases. This book is mainly focused on the terms you really need to know for the boards. In-depth reviews and details with key images made this book more easy to follow.

This easy-to-understand, fully updated book is useful for medical students, residents, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants. Improve your USMLE scores with this amazing resource.

Contents of this book:

  • Basic of Dermatology
  • Autoimmune skin disorders
  • Blistering skin disorders
  • Hair disorders
  • Drug reactions
  • Inflammatory disorders of the skin
  • Selected bacterial infections
  • Selected viral infections
  • Geriatric skin disorders and many more

USMLE Step 2 CK Lecture Notes 2019: 5-book set (Kaplan Test Prep)
Author: Kaplan Medical
Published at: 04/09/2018
ISBN: 1506236340

USMLE STEP 2 CK Lecture Notes 2020 is a set of 5 books for the preparation of Kaplan Test. These sets of books contain comprehensive resources and high yield exam topics which are very important for Kaplan Test.

They are very well written and cover more than enough detail to get you through the exam. This updated edition has new pages, charts with extra information and notes. These books provide amazing insight on each an every topic important for the USMLE examination.

Contents of this book:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Surgery
  • Patient safety
  • 450+ color images similar to those on the exam
  • Bridges between specialties and basic science and many more

Step-Up to USMLE Step 2 CK (Step-Up Series)
Author: Dr. Brian Jenkins,Michael McInnis,Chris Lewis
Published at: 04/11/2015
ISBN: 149630974X

STEP-UP to USMLE STEP 2 CK is the updated and revised and the newly introduced fourth edition of this series. It provides essential information on high yield topics important for the USMLE exam.

It also has full-color images and quick hits that provide essential information in an easy to remember manner. This book is suitable for medical students, physician assistants, and nurse practitioner programs. It has easy to remember mnemonics and algorithms with effective clinical reasoning, particularly for similar complaints.

300 USMLE-style questions, included with the eBook, feature-complete explanations to help you gain confidence for the exam.

Contents of this book:

  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Pulmonary Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Selected topics in emergency medicine, critical care, and surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics Disorders
  • Epidemiology and Ethics

First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1, Fourth Edition
Author: Tao Le
Published at: 26/11/2018
ISBN: 1260143139

FIRST AID CASES FOR THE USMLE STEP 1 is a well-organized resource for USMLE step 1. This book is colorful and very well structured. The topics are excellently explained. There is an amazing overview of clinical cases that are followed by every kind of question that you might encounter in the examination.

Contents of this book:

  • 350 updated cases prepare you to anticipate commonly tested concepts on the USMLE® Step 1
  • Active learning questions and answers reinforce important concepts
  • A NEW full-color design bolstered by 300+ concept-clarifying clinical images and illustrations
  • Concise yet complete with relevant pathophysiology explanations
  • Organization mirrors First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 for side-by-side study

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