MCW Libraries Board Review Resources

MCW Libraries Board Review Book Collection

Looking for USMLE and specialty board review books? The links below are starting points to selected lists of titles in the MCW Libraries collection. 

Review Books for Step 1
Review Books for Step 2
Review Books for Step 2 CS
Review Books for Step 2 CK

Review Books for Step 3
Board Review E-Books

Search our online catalog, SEEK, for specific titles or search by keyword using words such as USMLE, step 1, step 2, board, questions, or review, combined with subjects such as anatomy or pediatrics. To find current titles, either use the year filter to limit to the "last 5 years", or click the "other editions and formats" link found in each record to see if the library has access to a newer edition.

Official USMLE Practice Exams

Official USMLE Practice Materials are provided by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).


  • Self-Assessment tab:  A MyAccess account is required to create the Self-Assessment tests.  Click on the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries button at the top right of the page to sign in or create an account.

a) Access to tests and cases from books in the Clinical Library and Lange Educational Library.

b) Showdown:  Challenge colleagues on their medical knowledge, quiz-bowl style. You and your opponent will battle through two rounds of questions, each with five categories ranging from 100 to 400 points, plus a final question worth 500 points. Like other turn-based games, you can play live or opt in to get email notifications when it’s your turn. You can also hone your skills by challenging the computer.  To get started, choose Showdown from the Self-Assessment menu and login or create your MyAccess account.

  • Cases tab:  A MyAccess account is required to view the questions.

a) Access to 150 clinical cases from the Case Files series.  Includes Q&A, approach, clinical pearls, references, and comprehensive questions for each case. Can view cases by case number or by specialty. 

b) Access to 42 basic science cases from the Case Files series.

c) Access to 23 cases from Jawetz, Melnick, & Adelberg's Medical Microbiology 26e.

d) Access to 120 cases with Q&A from Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine 7e. Can view by case number or by topic. 

e) Access to 48 cases from Hurst's Imaging Cases.

f) Access to 66 cases from Resident Readiness®: Internal Medicine.

g) Access to 364 cases from Family Practice Examination and Board Review 3e.

First Aid Test Prep

Includes peer to peer medical review guides provided on the McGraw-Hill eBook Library platform for preparing for USMLE, clerkship, and specialty board exams.

LWW Health Library Premium Collection

Click on Texts, Self-Assessment, and Cases tabs to access materials for USMLE, clerkship, and course exam review.

Other MCW Libraries Resource Subscriptions:

The following resources also provide self-assessment resources for review:

AccessEmergency Medicine



ClinicalKey (see Medical Education book list)






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