What’s New in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2017

fas1_2017_cover-2First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2017 is finally here! The new edition represents thousands of hours of coordinated effort over the past ten months by dozens of student authors and editors, faculty experts, illustrators, and editorial staff. Some of the more notable highlights include:

  • 30+ entirely new facts and better organization of related facts throughout the book, such as the neurodegenerative disorders (p. 490), cellular changes (p. 214), and gallstones and related pathologies (p. 379)
  • Continued expansion of quality improvement principles, safety science, and healthcare delivery to align more closely with the USMLE Content Outline and student feedback.
  • Complete reorganization of the Neurology chapter to better distinguish normal physiology from neuropathology and to emphasize the special senses.
  • Improved Rapid Review section now fully cross-referenced to the text, to quickly find these high-yield concepts in context.
  • Almost 5,000 specific textual updates culled from more than 50,000 comments and suggestions by experienced medical students and board review experts.
  • Over 50 new full-color photos to help visualize various disorders, descriptive findings, and basic science concepts.
  • Many imaging photos have been relabeled and optimized to show both normal anatomy and pathologic findings.
  • Over 75 new or revised line diagrams that integrate pathophysiology, therapeutics, and diseases into memorable frameworks for annotation and personalization; examples include pages 96 (MHC I and II), 534 (psychiatric diagnoses by symptom duration), and 595 (estrogen).
  • Thick, embossed cover and heavy-duty binding for increased durability and longevity.

We are sharing some example redlined pages embedded below and here so you can better appreciate the nature and extent of revisions throughout the text. Some edits involve only a few words, but hinge on a subtle yet frequently tested point that students felt was not adequately explained in the 2016 edition.

We hope you enjoy using the 2017 edition as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Verified errata (when available) can be found exclusively here on our blog. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is a perpetual “work in progress,” and we invite you to share your thoughts and ideas here on our blog to help us continually improve the book for future learners.

Happy holidays and best wishes for your studies in the new year,

The First Aid Team




29 thoughts on “What’s New in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2017”

  1. ACE inhibitors do NOT constrict efferent arterioles… Classic case of adding a pneumonic that is incorrect

  2. Hi. I’m preparing for step 1 and wanted to do some video “lectures” on YouTube. Can i use dorect reference to first aid book and teach from there direct cover by cover. Because honestly whole my prep is based on first aid and I wanted to record videos to benefit myself and others. Is there any legal way toh ask for permission and then start vlog??

    1. That will be helpful Sarah but as copyright will be violated i will suggest a tutorial with someone or with a small group of people. And if you forming a group like that or want someone to have the discussions with i will be available. i will be completing med sch next year and i plan on taking it immediately

  3. Hi i will be taking my step 1 in late 2018 should i get my firstaid 2017 edition to start my prep early or wait and get the 2018 version. in short will a latest edition affect my scores?

    1. I was preparing from 2015 FA and recently bought 2017. Every single page has something new in it. I think every edition comes with new facts. Study from other resources like kaplan or pathoma till 2017. And from 2018 buy FA and start polishing your knowledge with it. Necause without other resources you wont be able to grasp 100% from FA. Do UWORLD when you have FA in hand.

      1. am guessing you taking your step 1 soon? Best of luck and would appreciate some tips on the exams, am sure you can already tell am an IMG

  4. Yes hopefully ill be taking exam soon. Best of luck to you too with exam prep. Just take it as marathon. Do not rest in between more than a weekend. You can rest max 2 days every week. I did this mistake of studying and taking weeks break then studying again. It has done nothing but push me farther away from my destination. So dont do that. Study continually and actively. Best of luck

  5. i’m sorry but the new neurology chapter is horrible. the way it is organized in 2016 is much better.

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  7. hello, i m expecting for step 1 after 2 years so should i start first aid from first day of my college nd which version should i buy

  8. please what is the minimum passing score for step 1 usmle since the total number of question has been reduced to 280 instead of 308 i need a reply

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