Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

Second Year Biology and Biochemistry

Electronic Resources

  • Firecracker
  • Goljan Audio
  • Sketchy Micro
  • Websites
    • YouTube


  • BRS Biochemistry
  • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1*
  • Lippincott Biochemistry*
  • Marks Basic Medical Biochemistry
  • Rapid Review Biochemistry


  • Make concept maps!
  • Biochemistry is mostly memorization of pathways. Learn/memorize the pathways and it makes understanding the diseases easier. Inborn errors of metabolism and other pathway errors are important and high yield.
  • I used mainly lecture notes/ppts with medical biochem text that was very simple to help fill any gaps. A lot of memorization though…flashcards can be helpful for enzymes and pathways (you need to draw them out).

* – Top rated book resources

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