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 ( 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 ( 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