Доктор Желнов

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USMLE OASys for IMGs
An Open Access, Systematic approach

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USMLE OASys

[USMLE study for IMGs: an Open Access, Systematic approach]

In Development

Pavel Zhelnov, MD
@drzhelnov

Dear Colleagues,

Many of us IMGs know how good UWorld is for USMLE prep. In fact, UWorld is a triumph of contemporary evidence-based education. That said, it is rather costly, so a cheaper alternative seems appealing. At the very least, I would like an alternative to it at the knowledge-acquisition phase before I proceed to application of that knowledge, where QBank access is required.

Exploring the alternatives, I am deeply concerned about the USMLE study materials available on the Web. Among the results of a Google search for: (usmle img study OR prep), I have only seen study cases (‘This is how I did it…,’ either written or video-based) or commercial training courses. The former are anecdotal and mostly feature review materials with no solid tips for foundation-building. The latter are behind paywalls with useful tips available but not the study content itself. Thus, I have looked into an open access, systematic approach.

My idea was to take existing curricula of various (preferably fewer and higher-rated) U.S. medical schools and devise a fixed-term self-learning schedule with a list of required readings for each week (in no particular order within weeks). So I have constructed the table below from both recent and outdated syllabi that I could find with Google in May 2021. I am currently processing the featured textbooks to make the syllabic content available free of charge in the form of glternatives while also integrating these syllabi with official USMLE practice materials to create the Interactive USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies and the Interactive USMLE Content Outline. This would effectively create a self-study roadmap with tasks/competencies as its tracks and content topics as the milestones. Naturally, to navigate the roadmap, the prospective Step-taker would need to clear specific resources such as textbook chapters, journal articles, videos, or their glternatives. QBanks would still be required to test one’s competencies and topic knowledge once there is something to test.

I declare that I have never taken nor supervised study for any USMLE examination (as of August 2021), so I am currently unable to advise about empirical effectiveness of my study materials.

M1 through M4 denote years one through four at a typical U.S. medical school. Longitudinal is a year-long course interspersed with the shorter courses. Not all the curricular content was available for inclusion, but hopefully, this was enough. Sorry for any links that might get broken with time. Consider replacing unavailable readings with similar ones at hand, like I, too, did.

View this page on GitHub to create a custom copy (also to track versions). Feedback is always welcome via GitHub or Twitter. My own prep reports are public as GitHub issues. Enjoy!


Syllabus U.S. Med School
Week 1  
M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 2 - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 3 - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 1 Cellular Injury and Adaptation University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 4 - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 5 - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 2  
M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 2 - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 3 - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 2 Immunology I University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 4 - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 5 - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 3  
M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 3 Auto-immunity and Transplantation University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 3 - Professional Identity Formation University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 4  
M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 2 - Weeks 4-5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 4 Bacteriology University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 5  
M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 5 Virology University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 4 - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 6  
M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 6 Parasitology & Mycology University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 4 - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 7  
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M1 Module 2 - Week 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues - Week 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 7 Neoplasia I University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 8  
M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology - Week 8 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense - Week 8 Neoplasia II University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior - Week 8 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Orientation Prior to Start of Clerkship Florida State University
Week 9  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M2 Module 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Week 1 Florida State University
Week 10  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Week 2 Florida State University
Week 11  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Week 3 Florida State University
Week 12  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Week 4 Florida State University
Week 13  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Week 5 Florida State University
Week 14  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship - Week 6 Florida State University
Week 15  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 8 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 9 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Pediatrics Clerkship - Week 1 Windsor University
Week 16  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 10 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Pediatrics Clerkship - Week 2 Windsor University
Week 17  
M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary - Case 11 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Pediatrics Clerkship - Week 3 Windsor University
Week 18  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M2 Module 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Pediatrics Clerkship - Week 4 Windsor University
Week 19  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Pediatrics Clerkship - Week 5 Windsor University
Week 20  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Surgical Clerkship - Week 1 Louisiana State University
Week 21  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Surgical Clerkship - Week 2 Louisiana State University
Week 22  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Surgical Clerkship - Week 3 Louisiana State University
Week 23  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Surgical Clerkship - Week 4 Louisiana State University
Week 24  
M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes - Week 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Surgical Clerkship - Week 5 Louisiana State University
Week 25  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M2 Module 8 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Surgical Clerkship - Week 6 Louisiana State University
Week 26  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M4 Critical Care Selective - Orientation (Day 1) University of California, Riverside
M4 Critical Care Selective - Week 1 University of California, Riverside
Week 27  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M4 Critical Care Selective - Week 2 University of California, Riverside
Week 28  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M4 Critical Care Selective - Week 3 University of California, Riverside
Week 29  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Emergency Medicine Clerkship - Week 1 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 30  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Emergency Medicine Clerkship - Week 2 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 31  
M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Week 7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Emergency Medicine Clerkship - Week 3 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 32  
M2 Module 9 Endocrinology and Reproduction - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M2 Module 9 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Family Medicine Clerkship - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 33  
M2 Module 9 Endocrinology and Reproduction - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Family Medicine Clerkship - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 34  
M2 Module 9 Endocrinology and Reproduction - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Family Medicine Clerkship - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 35  
M2 Module 9 Endocrinology and Reproduction - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Family Medicine Clerkship - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 36  
M2 Module 9 Endocrinology and Reproduction - Week 6 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 1 Windsor University
Week 37  
M2 Module 10 Dermatology/ Hematology/ Musculoskeletal - Week 1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Longitudinal Practice of Medicine at M2 Module 10 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 2 Windsor University
Week 38  
M2 Module 10 Dermatology/ Hematology/ Musculoskeletal - Week 2 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 3 Windsor University
Week 39  
M2 Module 10 Dermatology/ Hematology/ Musculoskeletal - Week 3 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 4 Windsor University
Week 40  
M2 Module 10 Dermatology/ Hematology/ Musculoskeletal - Week 4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 5 Windsor University
Week 41  
M2 Module 10 Dermatology/ Hematology/ Musculoskeletal - Week 5 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 6 Windsor University
Week 42  
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 7 Windsor University
M3 Psychiatry Clerkship - Week 1 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 43  
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 8 Windsor University
M3 Psychiatry Clerkship - Week 2 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 44  
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 9 Windsor University
M3 Psychiatry Clerkship - Week 3 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 45  
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 10 Windsor University
M3 Psychiatry Clerkship - Week 4 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 46  
M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship - Week 11 Windsor University
M3 Psychiatry Clerkship - Week 5 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Week 47  
M3 Neurology Clerkship - Week 1 University of North Dakota
M3 Neurology Clerkship - Week 2 University of North Dakota
M3 Neurosurgery Elective University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Week 48  
Review Weeks 1-8  
Review M1 Module 1 META: Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M1 Module 2 Gross Anatomy/Radiology University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M1 Module 3 Molecules, Cells, and Tissues University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M1 Module 4 Pathobiology and Host Defense University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M1 Module 5 Neuroscience and Human Behavior University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review Practice of Medicine at M1 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Week 49  
Review Weeks 9-28  
Review M2 Module 6 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M2 Module 7 Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Weeks 1-4 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review Practice of Medicine at M2 Modules 6-8 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Florida State University
Review M3 Pediatrics Clerkship Windsor University
Review M3 Surgical Clerkship Louisiana State University
Review M4 Critical Care Selective University of California, Riverside
Week 50  
Review Weeks 29-47  
Review M2 Module 8 Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - Weeks 5-7 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M2 Module 9 Endocrinology and Reproduction University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M2 Module 10 Dermatology/ Hematology/ Musculoskeletal University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review Practice of Medicine at M2 Modules 9-10 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M3 Emergency Medicine Clerkship Northeast Ohio Medical University
Review M3 Family Medicine Clerkship University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Review M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship Windsor University
Review M3 Psychiatry Clerkship Northeast Ohio Medical University
Review M3 Neurology Clerkship University of North Dakota
Review M3 Neurosurgery Elective University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston