Dr Najeeb Lectures is a resource I have been using since my second year in medical school. It’s also one I’m keen to recommend to upcoming med students looking for things to help with the more conceptual courses on a medical school curriculum. Due to its price, its comprehensiveness and what it delivers, it scores a solid B grade.
This article takes a deeper dive into the resource. Helping you decide if it’s something you want to invest in to help boost your own studies.
Dr Najeeb Lectures Overview – My Overall Grade: B
Overall Dr Najeeb Lectures scores a B on my personal recommendations on the best materials for med students to use. Scores of B and above deserve a place on the list as things worth investing in. Especially if you’re looking to work smarter rather than harder in med school.
You can access the resource here (requires payment).
Here are the reasons behind this evaluation:
Dr Najeeb Lectures Pros:
- Dr Najeeb’s unique way of explaining ‘difficult’ concepts makes them easy to understand
- Dr Najeeb’s passion for teaching is infectious, it’s hard not to enjoy his teaching style
- 800+ videos: lectures are very comprehensive; covering biochemistry, pathology, physiology, anatomy, histology and more
- Price: lifetime access is very inexpensive
Dr Najeeb Lectures Cons:
- Time: Dr Najeeb can sometimes labour on points or take a long time to explain things
- Lecture format: some concepts/syllabus points run across multiple lectures
- Accent: non-native English speakers may have trouble understanding lectures (especially on double-speed)
- No extra support: community forums, written materials, practice questions etc
Overall I feel the pros of Dr Najeeb’s Lectures outweigh the cons. Personally, I feel it’s best used as a supplemental resource that’s useful to have in your back pocket. Especially when needing to clarify things you’ve haven’t quite managed to grasp the first time round. I wouldn’t recommend it as a primary resource. Simply because I feel other books/programs distil the key concepts better in shorter time (80/20).
Who is Dr Najeeb?
According to his LinkedIn profile, Dr Syed Najeeb is an Internal Medicine specialist who was born and brought up in Lahore, Pakistan, completing his undergraduate studies at King Edward Medical College in 1984. He relocated to the US to complete his post-graduate training while teaching medical students core sciences (the launch of his lecture series) and later moved back to Pakistan.
His first upload to YouTube dates back to June, 2009 where he uploaded a lecture on the Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS). His channel has over 1m subscribers and continues to release free access video clips taken from his flagship product Dr Najeeb Lectures.
At the time of writing his YouTube channel has over 300 plus uploads but is mostly used as a sales funnel to his popular lecture series hosted at DrNajeebLectures.com.
According to his sales material his lectures are trusted by “80% of students”, but I’m unsure as to what this means. According to review aggregator TrustPilot, his product has a 4.9 rating (out of 5.0) from 6,108 reviews. Google Play users give his lecture a 3.7 average score from over 10,000 votes.
What Do Dr Najeeb Lectures Cover?
The lectures cover:
- Basic Medical Sciences & Clinical Medicine
- 800+ videos on Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Embryology, Histology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
- Targeted for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Pharmacology students in 190 countries
- Suitable for USMLE Step 1, COMLEX, NBDE, NCLEX and PANCE exams
The lectures themselves cover the core concepts of each of these subjects and are all taught with Dr Najeeb as the main professor. Particular topics are broken down into a series of lectures; and are entitled part 1/7 etc to highlight the order. The average run-time of a single lecture video is between 30-40 minutes.
The site itself offers both independent and institutional access. Lifetime access grants the following features:
- New videos every week (HD quality)
- Fast video playback (0.5 to 2.0X speed)
- Designed for visual learners (hand drawn illustrations, interactive approach to avoid memorization)
- Mobile friendly (fully responsive dashboard across all devices)
- Responsive customer support
The site is home to over forty accessible free lectures for students undecided on buying. They can be accessed at the Free Medical Video section here.
Are Dr Najeeb Lectures Good for USMLE?
Dr Najeeb Lectures are suitable for USMLE Step-based study. Especially for core pre-clinical subjects like physiology, neuroanatomy and biochemistry.
According to the site’s USMLE section, the lectures boast “98% pass rate at the first attempt” for USMLE Step 1 students. It also features a guide about the exam process here.
It also claims to be recommended by the study guide First Aid for USMLE – one of my personal favorite resources for medical school.
How Much Do Dr Najeeb Lectures Cost?
At the time of writing the site charges a standard unlimited access fee of $299. But it’s very rare students pay this.
Importantly the prices are continually slashed at the site and usually range from anything between $10-20 for most of the year. This makes lifetime access to the series incredibly cheap!
Right now the site claims a 95% discount, offering access for just $5.
This is one of the prime reasons I recommend it. $5 is nothing considering what you gain access to.
My Personal Experiences Using Dr Najeeb Lectures
One of the core courses I found Dr Najeeb Lectures to be useful for is physiology (a particularly challenging subject). Using his visual explanations to better comprehend the physics-side of the class – and with no math background – I was much better placed to grasp how these relationships work. Particularly in the case of hemodynamics and acid-base relationships.
Another area I leaned heavily on his lectures was in neuroanatomy. His explanation of the various proprioceptive tracts and areas and functions of the brain were extremely beneficial to solidifying my understanding. And I owe his clear explanation to scoring well in both anatomy and physiology as a result.
Recommendations on How to Use Dr Najeeb’s Lectures
Here’s how I’d best recommend using the video library:
- Identify the areas you need clarification in first before heading to the lectures
- Watch the videos on 1.5X or 2X speed to save time
- Draw the visual representations alongside Dr Najeeb while he explains
- Note down key questions you can use to answer later on review