Crush Step 1 was conceptualized, designed, and created by medical students, then edited by experts in their fields, with the goal of being the best resource on the market for the USMLE Step 1.
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The idea for Crush Step 1 came from the common frustration from medical students that either review books are subject specific and too detailed for the USMLE Step 1 or they are the opposite: too short and require memorization of facts rather than understanding of concepts. Crush Step 1 aims to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of concepts that are tested in the first 2 years of medical school and on the USMLE Step 1 exam.
Most important, Crush Step 1 is a book that students can use on their first day of medical school. When students understand the concepts of how anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology interact with one another, medicine becomes less about memorization and more about truly learning how the body works—and doesn’t work.
Writing Crush Step 1 was a complex task that required careful analysis and planning. First, medical students from multiple medical schools were questioned regarding their satisfaction with current review books, what they did and did not like about other review books, and what characteristics their ideal review book would have. The response was resounding and almost unanimous: medical students want a text that allows the actual understanding of subjects, includes review questions, and contains full-color figures. This was the framework for what Crush Step 1 set out to accomplish. After many of the chapters were written, they were “beta-tested” to make sure that students liked the format and understood the concepts. Each chapter underwent multiple rounds of editing and refining until we were happy with the end result. Finally, we added high-yield boxes for rapid review and questions at the end of key sections to facilitate review of critical concepts and ensure comprehension. At the end, faculty editors lent their expertise on key chapters and helped guide the refinement of each chapter.
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