Microbiology resources for USMLE Step 1

Microbiology and Immunology for USMLE Step 1

Microbiology is perhaps the simplest subject tested on USMLE Step 1. This is because just what you need to prepare is to learn some organisms that you can easily learn using flashcards. The only thing to be careful about here is that you need to prepare according to the USA and not your home country. The other part Immunology is one of the toughest subjects so for that first study immunology from a good textbook then do review questions.

1. Medical Microbiology and Immunology Flash Cards

As I mentioned in the introduction that Flashcards is one of the best resources to prepare for subjects like microbiology so here are the best flashcards you can find in the market for the same. The material covered is just in the right amount to learn for step 1. The other benefit you will get by using flashcards is that you can easily use them whenever you are stuck in MCQs.

2. Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple

These are the most underrated books for USMLEs. I have read them and many top scorers also have used them. The series of ridiculously simple is amazing. It’s like they take a really scary looking concept and assume it to be a boggart. Then they do a spell ridikulus and make it much less scary for you. It is a must buy if you really struggle with the microbiology section.

3. Thieme Test Prep for the USMLE®: Medical Microbiology and Immunology Q&A

This is the question bank for Microbiology. Because microbiology is a subject that requires a lot of remembering so question practice can help a lot in it. This is one of the best books for MCQs for microbiology. Using this along with the flashcards will be an amazing idea.

4. Lecturio

Lecturio is an amazing resource for microbiology and immunology. There are two things about Lecturio that I love. First is the bookmatcher. Like for pharmacology if you are reading katzung and you find it difficult to understand a topic then you can just go to bookmatcher, select Robbins, and give the page number where you are stuck. The bookmatcher will give you the exact videos that explain the topic on that page. This tool is very helpful. The other thing I love about Lecturio is its question bank. The questions given are really challenging and prepare for not only Step 1 but step 2 also.


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