Edward Goljan

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Edward Goljan
Born (1943-01-29) January 29, 1943 (age 78)
EducationB.S., St. Bonaventure University
M.D., Temple University
OccupationPhysician, Pathologist, Professor

Edward Goljan, M.D. (also known as "Poppie"), is a Curriculum Coordinator, Professor of Pathology, and former Chair of Pathology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, an osteopathic medical school in Oklahoma.[1][2] In addition to his teaching and medical practice, he is well known for his development of resources for medical students studying for the USMLE and COMLEX.

Goljan formerly worked for Kaplan reviews, giving the pathology portion of the lecture course. He currently works for the Falcon Physician review lecture series.[3] He is a contributor to and reviewer of the USMLE Consult Step 1 Question Bank published by Elsevier.[4] He is also the author of several USMLE review books in the "Rapid Review" series, including:

  • Rapid Review, Pathology
  • Rapid Review, Biochemistry
  • Rapid Review, Laboratory Testing in Clinical Medicine

He has been teaching USMLE preparation since 1991.

One of the reasons Goljan is particularly renowned among medical student circles is the bootleg Goljan pathology lectures and materials commonly obtained from upperclassmen or downloaded from the Internet. These materials have helped many students achieve high scores on the USMLE and COMLEX exams, which is crucial for selection to competitive medical residency positions. Goljan is well known for elucidating ideas of pathophysiology as well as for his humor.

Personal life[edit]

Goljan was born January 29, 1943 in Prospect Park, New York. He grew up in Uniondale on Long Island, where he lived until he was 18. He is of mixed Polish and Armenian ancestry—maternal heritage is Polish, and his father's family had moved from Armenia to southern Poland.

Goljan enjoys recreational arm wrestling.[5][6] In addition, Edward Goljan is a Christian and states, in one of his pathology review lectures, that he was healed from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis after a minister prayed with him at the City of Faith Medical and Research Center.[7]

Education and awards[edit]

Goljan received his B.S. from St. Bonaventure University in 1964,[8] and his M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine[3] in 1968.[2][9] He served his internship at Reading Hospital in Reading, PA from 1968-1969.[10] He completed his residency in pathology at San Diego Naval Hospital between 1971 and 1973.[2][9] He underwent further training as a pathology resident at Reading Hospital between 1974 and 1976. In 1976, he earned board certification in both Anatomical Pathology and Clinical Pathology.[11]

Some of Goljan's honors and awards include:[1][2]

  • Golden Apple Award, Oral Roberts University School of Medicine (9 occasions)
  • Basic Science Professor of the Year Award, OSU-COM (10 occasions)
  • Recognition Award from the Christian Medical and Dental Society at OSU-COM
  • Clinical Science Award, OSU-COM
  • Distinguished Service Award in Pathology, Oklahoma State Osteopathic Society[1]
  • Provost Award at OSU-COM for excellence in teaching
  • Gender Equity Award presented by the American Medical Women's Association at OSU-COM[12]

Notable publications[edit]

Primary author[edit]

  • Goljan, E., Pathology, Rapid Review Series, Mosby, 2004
  • Goljan, E.; Pelley, J. Biochemistry, Rapid Review Series, Mosby, 2003
  • Goljan, E; Koro, P. MOST COMMONS IN: Surgery, W.B. Saunder's Company, 2001
  • Goljan, E, P. MOST COMMONS IN: Medicine, W.B. Saunder's Company, 2000
  • Goljan, E. MOST COMMONS IN: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, W.B. Saunders Company, 1999
  • Goljan, E. Pathology, W.B. Saunders Company, 1998
  • Goljan, E. Pathology Review, W.B. Saunders Company, 1998
  • Board Simulator Series: A Systems-Based Review for USMLE Step 1, Harwal Publishing Company, 1996
  • Review for USMLE Step 2, Harwal Publishing Company, 1994—editor and contributor of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics questions [13]

Series editor for the following Rapid Review series books[edit]

  • Stevens, V.; Redwood, S.; et al.; Behavioral Science, Rapid Review Series 2004
  • Moore, A; Roy, W.; Gross and Developmental Anatomy, Rapid Review Series 2003
  • Pazdernik, T.; Kerecsen, L.; Mrugeshkumar, K.; Pharmacology, Rapid Review Series 2003
  • Burns, E; Cave, M.; Histology and Cell Biology, Rapid Review Series 2002
  • Rosenthal, K.; Tan, J.; Microbiology and Immunology, Rapid Review Series 2002


  1. ^ a b c "Edward Goljan, MD". Elsevier. 2012. Archived from the original on November 25, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Faculty and Staff". Oklahoma State University. 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "World Class Instructors". Falcon Review. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  4. ^ "USMLE Consult Step 1". Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ OSU-CHS Communications (August 2004). "Goljan on arm wrestling: It's a "Y" thing". OSU-CHS Rounds Newsletter. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Alfredo vs Dr. Goljan - Arm wrestle". YouTube. 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  7. ^ Goljan Pathology Audio Lecture & Notes 2009 Edition. Mosby. I had fasiculations all over my body. I was diagnosed with lower motor neuron disease. I was at the City of Faith where prayer and medicine was put together and one of the people that was there, that was one of the ministers, prayed for me and I was healed. I am probably one of the few people that has survived ALS. I had documented EMG evidence of it.
  8. ^ "Pathology Faculty & Staff". Copyright © Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b "OSU-CHS College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pathology Faculty & Staff". Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  10. ^ Internet Services. "Pathology | Faculty & Staff". Oklahoma State University Department of Health Sciences. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  11. ^ "OSU-CHS College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pathology Faculty & Staff". Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Edward F. Goljan: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  13. ^ "OSU-CHS College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pathology Faculty & Staff". Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Retrieved 17 September 2013.