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Exam Study Guide: USMLE Step 1

Resources to help study for many of the standard exams in the Health Sciences, such as the USMLE Step 1.

Access Medicine USMLE


Access Medicine Offers:

Access to 34 textbooks that can assist with studying for your USMLE tests.

One of the texts highlighted for the USMLE is Pearls for the USMLE

You will need to create a My AccessMedicine account if you do not already have one.

UIC users use this link to connect to Access Medicine (off-campus users will be asked for your netid and password).


Step 1 Apps

Step 1 Help for Your Mobile Device

Peoria Favorites

Advice from UICOMP Students

Don't forget to go back to the M2 Student-to-Student Guide for UICOMP student advice on USMLE Step 1.  Here are a few favorite books mentioned in the guide:

Official USMLE Resources

Official Websites for the USMLE - Step 1 Exam

UIC USMLE Step 1 Help

UIC Blackboard Link for USMLE Step 1

The review materials are available under the Course ID: com000.urosev.november2011-WORK.

The course name is COM All Student Site.

You will select 'System Reviews' in the course menu.



Use this link to log into our subscription to Surgisphere.

You can contact the Academic Affairs office to get details on setting up your account.

Free Question Banks

Step 1 Question Banks Available for Free

Many of the question banks that are available for purchase also offer a free trial or a free 'light' version.

Question Banks Available for Purchase

Step 1 Question Banks Available for Purchase

Many of the question banks that are available for purchase also offer a free trial or a free 'light' version.

Advice from Med Schools & Health Science Libraries

Medical Schools and Health Science Libraries

The following links contain information from other universities and health science libraries:

Forums and 'Unofficial' Sites

Forums and 'Unofficial' Sites

Many blogs, discussion forums, and 'unofficial' websites exist for students preparing for the USMLE - Step 1. These types of resources can provide useful tips for studying but should be viewed with a critical eye. Specifically, blogs and forums represent personal accounts which can be useful and reassuring; however, we advise that you use caution when visiting them. The Library of the Health Sciences - Peoria does not monitor or endorse any of these resources.  

From the COM Urban Health Program

Lorene King, Academic Skills Specialist, has compiled this detailed listing of some of the available commercial prep programs.

USMLE Step 1 Review Titles

Boards review titles are available on Reserve at the Circulation Desk.  Reserves may be checked out for 2 hours. Most titles are also available on Open Reserve.  Popular series include:

  • Appleton & Lange
  • Blackwell
  • BRS
  • Case Files
  • First Aid
  • High-Yield
  • PreTest
  • Rapid Review

Find Comprehensive Review Titles by searching the UIC Catalog:

USMLE Step 1 Review Guides

USMLE Announcements

Announcements from USMLE:



More USMLE Announcements


In 2015, examinees will see an increased focus on quality improvement principles and safety science.