USMLE Step 1 Rad Review



I love radiology. I love education. I believe that radiology education can be improved greatly, especially as it pertains to medical students. The following is a video series created by yours truly to help preclinical students understand key high yield imaging findings in preparation for their USMLE Step 1 examination. While this is an educational resource, it is only designed to help students identify and understand certain images. It is not designed to "teach" the students radiology and should not be used as a curriculum substitute.


By the end of this video series, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify common high yield imaging findings for the USMLE Step 1 examination
  2. Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to clinical correlates for high yield imaging findings
  3. Be able to compare similar findings and distinguish key differences


Lesson 1 - Head (36:34)

neuro anatomy, meningioma,  glioblastoma, primary CNS lymphoma, oligodendroglioma, pilocytic astrocytoma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, hamngioblastoma, vestibular schwannoma, brain metastases, craniopharyngioma, pituitary adenoma, osteoma, epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hematoma, intracerebral hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus ex vacuo, vascualr dementia, multiple sclerosis, saccular aneurysm, carotid artery stenosis, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis 


Lesson 2 - Neck / Upper GI (13:51)

syringomyelia, epiglottitis, croup, zenker diverticulum, boerhaave syndrome, esophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, achalasia, diffuse esophageal spasm


Lesson 3 - Chest: Cardiovascular (16:43)

cross sectional cardiac anatomy, artifical heart valves, cardiac myxoma, pulmonary edema, dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pericardial effusion / tamponade, aortic aneurysm, tetrology of fallot, transposition of the great vessels, epstein's anomaly, total anomalous pulmonary vascular return, persistent truncus arteriosus, coarctation of the aorta


Lesson 4 - Chest: Pulmonary (27:15)

normal chest radiograph, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, pulmonary edema, pleural effusion, pulmonary tuberculosis, emphysema, COPD, pneumothorax, asbestosis / mesothelioma, silicosis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary embolism, foreign body aspiration 


Lesson 5 - Abdomen: Lower GI (21:51)

esophageal perforation, hiatal hernia, toxic megacolon, colitis, crohn's disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, appendicitis, intussusception, volvulus, malrotation, diverticulosis / diverticulitis, meckel diverticulum, annular pancreas, duodenal atresia, jejunal atresia, pyloric stenosis


Lesson 6 - Abdomen/Pelvis: Renal (19:07)

perinephric abscess, polycystic kidney disease, wilm's tumor, neuroblastoma, hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux, double ureter, horseshoe kidney, fibromuscular dysplasia, renal cell carcinoma


Lesson 7 - Abdomen/Pelvis: Reproduction (9:00)

hydatiform mole, uterine fibroids / leiomyoma, polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian torsion, testicular torsion


Lesson 8 - Musculoskeletal (23:16)

osteoarhtritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteomyeltis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteosarcoma, ewing sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, osteoclastoma, osteochondroma, osteoid osteoma, osteoblastoma, multiple myeloma, metastatic prostate cancer, boxer's fracture, scaphoid fracture, osgood-schlatter, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, legg-calve-perthes disease