5 Ways to Study Neurology with USMLE-Rx

By Ravish Amin

Studying neurology with USMLE-Rx is a great way to review basic concepts like mental status, cranial nerve functions (including vision), strength, coordination, reflexes, and sensation.

High yield topics such as dementia, movement disorders, headaches, epilepsy, sleep disorders, chronic pain management, multiple sclerosis, or neuromuscular diseases are reviewed in USMLE-Rx Qmax, Flash Facts, and USMLE-Rx Video Express.

To score higher on exams, use USMLE-Rx early and take frequent, FRED-style simulated tests using the test mode provided in Qmax.

Try these tips to help you study neurology with USMLE-Rx:

1. Neuroanatomy with Flash Facts and Qmax – Flash Facts includes high yield facts on neuroanatomy, and QMax has corresponding Q&A with detailed explanations for concepts such as the central and peripheral nervous systems. Review diagrams and images of the brain from a neuroanatomy atlas (implementing blank pathway drawings) along with Flash Facts. The Flash Facts iPhone app also provides a convenient way to review facts on the go. For example, review cranial nerves (Glossopharyngeal nerve, CN IX) and study corresponding anatomical locations and functions (carotid baroreception, taste from the posterior tongue, and swallowing).

2. Subscribe to USMLE-Rx Express Video lectures in Neurology – Review Express video lectures and take notes in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. This method works because it combines lectures and First Aid facts into one, convenient study resource. Focus on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. Review other sources such as Netter’s Atlas of Human Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy: An Atlas of Structures, High-Yield Neuroanatomy, and PreTest Neuroscience. Add web-based resources such as http://library.med.utah.edu/kw/animations/hyperbrain/pathways/ to vary the content and to solidify core concepts.

3. Analyze Flash Facts and QMax score results – USMLE-Rx provides detailed feedback of scores for Flash Facts and QMax. Spend extra time reviewing your score for Flash Facts because it provides explanations and insight about what to study next.

4. Review psychiatry and neurological exam – Both psychiatry and reviewing the neurological exam are important while studying neurology because concepts in neurology require connecting the dots from the physical exam to neuroanatomy. For example: neurological diseases often have psychiatric manifestations (i.e., mood and cognitive dysfunctions in Alzheimer’s disease). USMLE-Rx provides Q&A and flashcards to help you review psychiatry. Review neurological exam online at http://library.med.utah.edu/neurologicexam/html/home_exam.html

5. Practice in test mode – Practice often and review the answers and explanations of high yield concepts frequently (Upper motor neuron (UMN) vs. lower motor neuron (LMN. USMLE-Rx provides FRED, a tool that simulates test-day software and encourages you to focus on content.


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