USMLE Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple

(9 customer reviews)

Not your typical USMLE review book! Imagine this… You’re 1 week away from the big exam, you’ve crammed your brain with information overload and read every vignette under the sun. If you read another novel-like vignette you’ll miss out on reviewing the most essential “high-yield” knowledge wrapped into clinical case presentations. What to study next? Panic sets in! Don’t worry, USMLE Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple has you covered.

Written in chart format, USMLE Step 1 MRS categorically arranges the most “high-yield” basic science facts to make it very easy to review all USMLE  Step 1 subjects just days before the exam! The arrangement of the basic science facts in these charts is logically set up to be built upon in brief clinical context rather than just a random collection of materials or long-winded vignettes. Studying in such a systematic fashion lets you avoid the “high-yield trap” of what to study the week or two before the test. The chart format provides maximum amount of information with the minimum amount of words by concentrating on key associations to help you improve your performance in multiple-choice situations.

You’ve done all the hard studying for the exam; now let USMLE Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple give you the confidence to tie it all together as your “last-minute memory aid” for the big day!

Companion Digital Download of USMLE Step 1 Quiz Question Bank (Mac/Win); 1000+ questions in “mix and match style” rather than clinical vignettes that you’ve been pounding for months. In this short amount of time left before the exam, vignettes are very inefficient for review since you need to read a very lengthy question description just to test one single knowledge fact! Our downloadable “Mix and match” style allows you to test several items at once in a much shorter time.


Book Details






January 1, 2020




Includes access to interactive USMLE Step 1 MRS 1000+ Question Bank download (WIN/MAC)

About The Author

Andreas Carl

Andreas Carl MD, PhD is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is the author of USMLE Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple, USMLE Step 2 Made Ridiculously Simple, USMLE Step 3 Made Ridiculously Simple, and NCLEX-RN Made Ridiculously Simple.

Free Digital Download of USMLE Step 1 Quiz Question Bank


Chapter 1. PATHOLOGY
Chapter 5. ANATOMY
Chapter 7

9 reviews for USMLE Step 1 Made Ridiculously Simple

  1. Ellen Griffin – great review book for the week before the exam!

    I love the outline format and how it really hits all the topics you need to know. It definitely doesn’t go into much detail, but the way it is written allows for plenty of space to make notes, and also to quiz yourself while going through the book. I say everyone should definitely read it the week before their exam.

  2. Sophie – I really enjoyed reading the book

    Really quick read and it does go over the main points. I really enjoyed reading the book.

  3. Bonerr Alden – This book is an awesome starting place

    This book is an awesome starting place. Studying for boards can be daunting and this is like a super concise outline to work off of. It doesn’t have everything you’ll need but it’s a great place to begin and then build off of. A lot of other board books have too much detail for quick review and can bog you down if your just trying to make sure you’ve covered all your bases. I wish it was a little more compact though (combining more tables on to one page with less overall pages) though. An e-book would also be great!

  4. Umber76 – Excellent review for Step 1

    This book is so simple to read that I assumed that it could not be comprehensive. After the exam, I realized just how good the book was. The book looks thick but that is only because the charts and diagrams are big and clear and there is plenty of room to add notes. It is an excellent final review of key concepts and details. Much easier to read than First Aid. If you know everything in this book, you are very well prepared for Step 1.

  5. A.C. – A great book!!

    This book was excellent for a quick review, especially during my last month of preparation. High yield information is presented clearly in a concise tabular format. This is definitely a good book to have during revision.

    Thank you Dr. Carl!

  6. A. Schwartz – Easy to use, amazingly helpful!

    I used this book as part of my Step 1 studying and found it easy to use, well organized and great for self-testing with helpful chart formats. It’s terrific for last minute reviewing and also for getting a good framework to organize the material as you learn it. The CD Rom is also fantastic, really helped me to solidify those “buzzword” associations. Thanks, Dr. Carl!

  7. Marina – Just excellent! Really a MUST

    The best for review. Well organize and excellent structure for a quick and simple review. Its structure allows remind all key concepts. I loved it!

  8. Joseph – those are my two heavily recommended USMLE books

    For those who don’t know, USMLE Step 1 is United States Medical Licensing Exam. Second year medical students have to take this exam (and pass it) upon completion of their second year in order to be able to go on rotations in their third and fourth years in Medical School.

    Unlike other licensing exams which really just need a passing grade. The USMLE is different because it is also given a grading with a percentile rank. Different specialties in medicine have different levels of competitiveness. For example, general practitioners such as family medicine, pediatricians and such don’t have extremely high competitiveness to match into their specialities where as highly-specialized fields need high USMLE scores such as neurosurgery, otolaryngology, dermatology and other fields.

    This book is a decent book for review of those concepts which the USMLE heavily tests. It is very imperative to review these concepts in order to do well on this exam which requires quick and thorough thinking about complicated medical material.

    I believe it also comes in quite handy when reviewing big concepts because its able to reduce them down to one or two words about it the topic at hand which is extremely important as the USMLE is a timed test so one needs to be able to draw on material quickly.

    It is important also to note that this should not be your only review source, you need to be able have First Aid and Pathoma, those are my two heavily recommended USMLE books.

  9. Anna – A really nice quick reference book.

    This book is really simple and easy to read. It has simplified everything tremendously, which works for me. This is a review book, so if you haven’t learned the material previously don’t expect to learn it from this book. First Aid is probably a must to have for Step 1 but it’s way harder to read or use when you just remembered something and want to quickly check it. I’m using both First Aid and this, and I like them both.

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