Step 1

Step 1, getting started

The sheer volume of resources available for Step 1 preparation can be daunting. In addition, the allure of having so many resources at your fingertips is very strong. However, the sheer quantity of resources does not necessarily mean improved quality of studying. 

  • What have you discovered/rediscovered about yourself as a learner in medical school?
  • What works/doesn’t work for you during content review and extended study periods?
  • What challenges might you anticipate for your Step 1 study time based on your learning or study preferences?
  • How would you maximize the usefulness of the tools you choose to use?

We encourage you to work with your Learning Specialist to customize an approach for your Step 1 readiness that is a good fit for you and your learning! Step 1 readiness work is supported college-wide by providing you with diagnostics, faculty-led review sessions, individualized work with Tutors, workshops, panels, and more! 

Student Development likes to keep a pulse on the resources students are using for Step 1 preparation. We hope that you find this list useful as you begin your Step 1 preparation. Keep in mind, the best resources are those that you are familiar with already. It is also safe to say that you won't get everything you need from a single tool or resource.  Choose resources that align with your learning style and preferences. 

USMLE Content overview (opens a PDF)
USMLE Practice materials


Lange Flash Cards
USMLERx: Flash Facts

Question Banks

Kaplan Qbank (provided by College of Medicine-Phoenix)
USMLE UWorld Qbank

Review and Question Books

Déjà Review (Micro/Immuno, Path, Pharm)
First Aid Q&A for USMLE Step 1 
Kaplan USMLE Step 1 Qbook 
Lange Q&A: USMLE Step 1
Pathoma: Fundamentals of Pathology (Book)
Physiology (BRS) / Physiology
Pretest Clinical Vignettes for USMLE Step 1
Rapid Review Series (BioChem and Path)
Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2014 Edition (Step-Up Series)
USMLE Step 1 Secrets


Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
Déjà Review: Microbiology & Immunology
Lange Microbiology & Infectious Disease Flash Cards
Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
Sketchy Medical: Bacteria/Viruses/Fungi/Parasites

Pathoma (videos or book) 
Goljan (audio videos)
Sketchy Medical: Pathology


Sketchy Medical: Pharm
Lange Pharm Flash Cards
Kaplan Medical Pharm & Treatment Flash Cards
Pharm Cards: Review Cards for Med Student

Visual and Auditory Learning
Doctors in Training (DIT)
Kaplan Step 1 High Yield (Videos)
Ninja Nerd (Youtube channel covering basic sciences) 
Physeo (Free videos in Anatomy, Biostatistics, Cellular Biology, Gentetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology)
USMLERxExpress Video Series (First Aid)