For those of you who rely on Wikipedia (don’t even try to deny it), I suggest you also consider emedicine. The info is more reliable and often more in depth. Granted, sometimes all you want is a line or two about a particular disease to remind yourself and thats fine. However, if you really want to understand the pathophysiology and possible protocol for say Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (as was my case), emedicine is your reliable go-to source.

The Merck Manual

This was a great resource. I have topher on Rumors Are True to thank for the suggestion. I pass it on here. I used the online merck manual as a go-to resource whenever there were discrepancies and/or contradictions between different study aids (eg. between kaplan and first aid). The second thing I used it for was for determining DOC (drug of choice) treatments and protocol for different infections. I noticed that very often in microbiology I was given a list of 4-5 different drugs to use for a particular infection. Clearly, I’m not going to memorize all that. I just want the most commonly used drug for said condition and I’ll be happy, max two. The merck manual did just that.

Indiana University Embryology Animations

Embryology was for me what Goljan would call a “bugaboo”. It was challenging to conceptualize all the changes that occurred. Instead of spending time with separate posts on the issue I thought giving this link would be best. These animations were crucial for me. They supplement any embryology text very well. I suggest watching them first then reading your text so you have a mental reference point for the text you read. I also suggest doing the pre and post tests they offer since it really solidifies the knowledge you learn from each video.

Medical Etymology

I first stumbled upon this site when I was looking for the etymology of Acanthosis. I kept finding versions of the root acantho- everywhere. I think it was finally when I read about a type of RBC form called an acanthocyte that I decided to figure out the connection. I finally found out. “Acanthos” means thorn. Hence, Acanthosis is the thickening of the “thorny” cell layer, the stratum spinosum. As for an Acanthocyte, its an RBC with thorny projections due to abetalipoproteinemia (loss of lipoproteins = loss of fat-soluble vitamins = loss of vitamin E = damaged lipid membrane).

USMLE Score Calculator

This is essentially a tool to find out how you would score on the actual exam given several other indicators such as your UWorld percentage or your NBME score.

Are you a competitive applicant for Residency?

Essentially, this website answer that question and gives you a good idea of where you stand alongside your peers.


I found their list of residency and fellowship programs helpful.



An amazing blog site with great info. See the top 10 most competitive residencies as well as practical advice for residency switching and even some review of basic sciences.


A website I frequently visited. This blog has a wealth of information. I especially liked the Question Dissection posts. My hat goes off to the author.

The Rumors Were True

I think Topher did an excellent job at giving pointers and useful tools to help med students, not to mention he is a great writer. Check out his blog and see for yourself.

A look inside the Life of a Pediatric Oncologist

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