Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

Second Year Pathology

Electronic Resources


  • BRS Pathology
  • First Aid for the USMLE Organ Systems
  • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1
  • Goljan Rapid Review*
  • Pocket Robbins Pathology (AKA Baby Robbins)
  • Robbins Pathology*
  • Robbins Review Book
  • Harrison’s Internal Medicine

Additional Resources

  • Robbins Flashcards


  • Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!
  • I would make my own outlines/ppts from the readings and add the pics from the normal Robbins into the ppt for reference.
  • My strategy for studying any pathology is to watch/read Pathoma, then read Goljan which is a review text with much more information, and supplement with Robbins to fill any gaps in knowledge and to boost your understanding of each pathology.
  • First: understand the pathogenesis and how it relates to manifestations, diagnosis, and morphology. Second: Memorize the BUZZWORDS!
  • Know the normal first, then categorize the pathology for each area. Make note of buzzwords.

* – Top rated book resources

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