USMLE-Rx Update: First Aid 2023

First Aid™? 2023 Content is Live in Rx

We know it’s a big deal when the latest edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 hits bookstands. You and your classmates want the latest and greatest study tips, and they’re more important than ever as the landscape of medical school continues to change. And, as you know, USMLE-Rx leverages select First Aid content to help you as you review and assess your knowledge.  We are delighted to announce that USMLE-Rx has been updated so that you can align your study activities with the 2023 edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1.

What This Means for You

You can now change your First Aid year in USMLE-Rx. We know – that’s pretty fun! To change your year, please perform the following steps:

  1. Find the menu on the left-hand side of your screen.
  2. Click on the gear to navigate to Settings
  3. In the General tab, under Education, change your First Aid Year to 2023
  4. All the references to First Aid, including the supporting facts in Step 1 Qmax and Flash Facts, will now reflect your chosen edition.

Screenshot showing how to update your First Aid year in USMLE-Rx.

Using Top Resources to Excel in Med School

Recent data published by the USMLE shows that the passing rate of Step 1 dropped significantly in 2022, compared to 2021.

  • In 2021, 88% of test-takers passed Step 1; in 2022, only 82% passed
  • Even for allopathic students, the passing rate dropped from 95% in 2021 to 91% in 2022
  • Overall, more than 9,500 students failed to pass Step 1; in 2021, fewer than 6,00 failed

It is more important than ever to ensure you’re well-prepared for this essential, major milestone. A proper study plan, engaged learning, and high-yield tools that support your learning like First Aid and USMLE-Rx go a long way toward helping you prepare to conquer Step 1.


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