I'm an IMG and currently doing my 4th year PhD in the US.
So it's been a while since my graduation from medical school.
Neuro anatomy and biochemistry is very high yield and definitely worth spending significant amount of time studying them.
For biochemistry, FA is broad enough to cover almost every important subjects that may appear in the real exam. However, it's so condensed and sometimes you might not appreciate the key points when you first read it. In the first round, I tried to memorize the big picture (eg. key enzymes in important metabolic pathways) then catch up the details while using the Q book/Q bank. I google/Wiki lots of biochemistry knowledge when I need to understand better, which is definitely more efficient than studying a biochem text book. For molecular biology part, I didn't study to much because as a graduate student in biomedical science, Mol bio is embedded in my daily life :P
For neuroanatomy: FA is weak in this aspect. High yield NA is very good.
It helps me to clarify and understand the function and diseases related to
important neuro structures (esp brainstem, spinal cord and cranial nerves,
super high yield!!) Although sometimes there are too many details that may
not necessarily be tested in real exam. The figures and legends are
very clear and easy to understand. I have at least 10-15 neuroanatomy
questions showing up in my real exam, and 80% of them are either brainstem
or cranial nerve-related (comparing to 1 question in parasitology...)
I always take notes from UW Q bank on my FA. It takes time but very useful when you have to come back to review. I recommend start UW earlier in your study. Don't wait until the very end.edited by allenmy on 1/19/2011