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Exam Study Guide

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

Official USMLE Resources--Step2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)

UIC Subscription Resources

Access Medicine Offers:

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

To use the testing features of AccessMedicine, you will need to create a My AccessMedicine account if you do not already have one.


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Osmosis Offers:

Videos, flashcards, q-banks, and more.

USMLE Step 2 CK Review Titles

Step 2 CK review titles are available in print on Open Reserves and Electronically. Open Reserve items may be checked out for one week. A few titles are also available at the circulation desk.  

Popular series include:

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

Find these and more titles by searching the UIC Catalog or checking at the circulation desk.

Step 2 CK Advice from Med Schools & Health Science Libraries

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

Step 2 CK Apps

Question Banks Available for Purchase

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.  

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