You have worked too hard to get admitted to med school to now allow a steep learning curve to come between you and the residency of your choice. Be sure to go that extra yard and ensure that you get the most out of your med school experience. (Once school starts, you will be hard pressed to find time to seek any needed assistance with your study skills and test preparation strategies.)


For quick reference, here are links to related books we have reviewed:


Medical School 2.0: An Unconventional Guide to Learn Faster, Ace the USMLE, and Get Into Your Top Choice Residency by Dr. David Larson

Simply put, this book delivers what the title promises. We viewed it similarly to the Cal Newport books on how to succeed in college. The editing is a bit sloppy, but if that’s our only complaint, it’s worthy of inclusion in our reviews!

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2023, 33rd Edition by Tao Le and Vikas Bhushan

This 33rd edition, 992-page behemoth has been crowned the “bible” of USMLE Step 1 preparation for good reason. Granted, this book may be about 2 years too early for most readers, but it is definitely something to keep in mind for when the time comes. (And our alumni clients tell us that the time really does fly!) Additionally, if you believe you may be at risk for a low USMLE Step 1 score, early preparation could be very well advised!

Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Students by Deborah Shain

This Oklahoma Notes guide is an oldie but goodie specifically geared to top-performing undergraduate students who need to re-adjust their study skills and test-taking strategies for the rather alien world of med school. Specific study skills and exam-taking strategies to efficiently understand, analyze, and synthesize the voluminous data waiting for you in medical school are covered.

How to Study in Medical School, 2nd edition by Armin Kamyab, M.D.

The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But this second-edition guide is a straightforward relatively short (100 pages in paperback) explanation of a system for studying the basic sciences in med school. Additionally, the author happens to be a medical doctor with first-hand experience in the subject matter!

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