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Library Trials New Test Prep Program – BoardVitals


Dana Medical Library is running a limited trial on the USMLE test portion of BoardVitals, an online test prep program that contains thousands of high quality board review questions. Here is how to sign up:

In order to use the program, you will create an account that will keep track of your progress. Individuals can register at BoardVitals Sign Up. You will then receive an email with a confirmation link. Click on this link and the question banks will be added to your account. Then go to the BoardVitals Login Page and sign in. You can then select a medical specialty and start studying.

Please let us know what you think! Send all comments, pro or con, to Jeanene Light so that we can determine if this is the best Test Prep Program for the library. Thank you!

USMLE Study Guide

Studying for Step 1? See our guide to USMLE study resources available at Dana Medical Library.

Here are a few of the other things Dana Library is doing to help you prepare for the boards:

  • USMLE print study materials are gathered in one location near the current newspapers to the right when you walk into the library.
  • Electronic resources will all be listed on the guide.
  • A card-swipe access, quiet study room is available to all medical students. See library staff for assistance.
  • Ear plugs and headphones are available upon request. See either service desk.
  • If there are other resources you would like to see the library purchase, let us know.

Good luck!

New USMLE and Test Reviews Available

The Dana Medical Library recently added titles to the USMLE (and other examination test guides) collection, aided by recommendations from current medical students. Students provided valuable input to the library on which series and titles they found most useful. Special thanks to Kati Anderson (class of 2014) for representing the students, and for taking time from her busy schedule to meet with the Dana Collections Librarian.

Whenever possible, print titles are supplemented by licensing electronic study guides. The electronic books don’t need to be checked out (or returned!) on any specific date. Electronic titles include:

First Aid for the USMLE step 1
First Aid for the USMLE step 2
Costanzo’s Physiology in the Board Review Series
Goljan’s Pathology- Rapid Review Series
MD Consult E-book Collection of titles:
Brown: Rapid Review Physiology
Pazdernik: Rapid Review Pharmacology
Pelley: Rapid Review Biochemistry
Rosenthal: Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology

Sample updated print titles include the latest editions of:

Katzung & Trevor’s pharmacology: examination & board review (multiple copies)
Rapid review pathology
Comprehensive psychiatry review
Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
High Yield Embryology

The USMLE Library Research Guide (http://danaguides.uvm.edu/usmle) provides links to many new titles, both in print and electronic versions. The list is automatically updated whenever new titles are added to the Dana collection. This guide is available on the Dana website (http://library.uvm.edu/dana) under the heading “Research Guides by Subject” and via BlackBoard.

Also, at the recommendation of students, a new policy change allows the print USMLE books to circulate from the Library. They can be checked out for a 2-hour loan, and the item can be renewed once, as long as no one else has asked for that specific item. The item can be taken overnight when borrowed within 2 hours of closing. If taken overnight, the book is due back within 30 minutes of the library opening the next day.

Whether you browse the collection in the Library, check out titles for two hour loans, or access the electronic versions, there should be something for everyone, whether studying for Step 1 of the medical licensure exam, or reviewing for other board licensure tests.

Note: Titles can be tricky to find in the online catalog. Please feel free to ask at the reference desk for assistance!

Jeanene Light, MLS

USMLE Books May Leave the Library

In response to requests from students, USMLE books (located near the New Book shelf and newspapers) may now leave the library. These items can be borrowed just like Reserve items: the books can leave the library for 2 hours, be renewed once and may be borrowed overnight if charged within 2 hours of closing. They would be due the next morning within a half hour of opening.