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Exam Study Guide: USMLE Step 2 CK

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 2 Apps

Step 2 CK Help on Your Mobile Device

Official USMLE Resources

Official Websites for the USMLE - Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Exam

Question Banks Available for Purchase

Forums and 'Unofficial' Sites

Forums and 'Unofficial' Sites

Many blogs, discussion forums, and 'unofficial' websites exist for students preparing for boards.  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.  

USMLE Step 2CK 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 2 CK Review Guides

USMLE Announcements

Announcements from USMLE:



More USMLE Announcements


In 2014 and 2015, examinees will see an increased focus on quality improvement principles; safety science; epidemiology, biostatistics, and population health; professionalism; and interpersonal and communications skills. These may be tested using item formats currently under development. If new item types are introduced into the examination, sample materials will be available on the USMLE website for examinees to review well in advance.