Posts by: Katherine Morley

Library Service Desk Closed Monday 5/29

In observance of Memorial Day, Hirsh Library will be closed on Monday, May 29th. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Hope you have a sunny and relaxing long weekend!


You’ve got first year down, M26s, and it’s just about that time to settle into a study strategy for Step 1. We’ve got review books, of course—just library things—but you can also access question banks and practice exams through the library!

MedOne Adaptive Learner: Step 1 is a platform with thousands of practice questions and explanations that creates a personalized learning path based on how well you know the material.


Landing Page for Adaptive Learner: Step 1

MedOne Adaptive Learner: Step 1 landing page. Thieme.

Board Vitals is another practice question platform where you can make custom quizzes.

To get started with both of those resources, you’ll need to create a free account—different from your Tufts account. Just make sure you’re on campus when you sign in the first time so you’re recognized as a Tufts user! This video demonstrates how to set up an account the first time you sign into MedOne.

Both MedOne and Board Vitals are compatible on mobile as well!

For a more complete list of board review resources, see our research guide Board Prep for Medicine Step 1 Comprehensive Review, and don’t hesitate to ask us at the Desk if you’re looking for something in particular.

Happy studying—you’ve got this!


Post contributed by Christina Heinrich


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Congratulations Class of 2023! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 20th, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place on the 4th floor.

On Friday, May 19th, preparations will begin for Saturday’s event so there will be some disruption on the 4th floor starting at 1pm and the Food4Thought cafe will be closing at 2pm.


Photo of panels with art

We are pleased to share that an art exhibit will be on display throughout the month of May down on the 4th floor. The exhibit, I Am More, is the work of artist Amy Kerr and is being hosted by the Office of Student Wellness in concert with Mental Health Awareness Month. There will be an opening reception down by the exhibit on 5/11 at 2:30pm.

Here’s some information from Student Wellness about the exhibit:

“The exhibit features pastel and colored pencil portraits by artist Amy Kerr, accompanied by essays written by subjects describing how they are more than their life challenges. The portraits address mental illness and addiction recovery, coping with medical diagnoses, and surviving trauma. Despite the challenging topics, the message is one of hope and resilience, and sometimes even humor and joy. The exhibit includes mental health resources and emergency number cards.Since 2018, I Am More has traveled to universities, shopping malls, hospitals, libraries, and government buildings around the northeast, including the Massachusetts State House, as a reminder that despite our challenges we all have gifts, loves, and triumphs to celebrate.”

We hope you will come take a moment to check it out!


Photo of Katie Kidwell

We are delighted to announce that our half-time reference assistant, Katie Kidwell, will be taking on the role of Evening & Weekend Coordinator! This position plays a vital part in keeping our library running outside typical business hours, collects data about library usage, and manages our fantastic student staff. We are thrilled to have her spending even more time at Hirsh!



We will be having one more extended hours weekend this Saturday 4/29 and Sunday 4/30! The library will be open from 10am-10pm on both days. We’ll also have free coffee available on Saturday down on the 4th floor starting around 5pm. Best of luck as you enter this final end of semester push!



Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Thursday 4/13 and Friday 4/14 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have a variety glass gems and paint pens to create a pocket-sized work of art. And as a bonus, we’re bringing out the button-maker!

Hope to see you there!



Do you find yourself, someone with an undoubtedly large amount of free time, thinking “I wish I had a part-time job with flexible hours with really great people that was also conveniently located near where I go to school?”

Great news: we’re hiring! If you’ve ever checked out a laptop, charger, or markers, especially on evenings or weekends, you know that HHSL relies on students like you to keep the desk open and operating smoothly.

We are looking for current graduate students who can check out materials (anatomical models and laptops), help patrons find books and articles (in the stacks and online), and support the Research & Instruction staff (through tasks like scanning articles for Interlibrary Loan). The schedule is fixed but flexible, with students working approximately 6-8 hours a week across two scheduled shifts (with the occasional opportunity to swap, drop, and pick up shifts). Pay is $15/hour. You’ll get the chance to work in a great environment alongside classmates and students from other program on campus, polish your research and communication skills, and get to know librarians, students, faculty, and Tufts Medical Center staff.

Do we still have your attention? Great – then you should fill out an application! We’ll begin the hiring process for summer on April 10, with individual start dates somewhat malleable. Not available this summer, but will be in the fall? Go ahead and apply, making note of your schedule on your application.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to or stop by the desk to chat with your friendly, neighborhood librarian. All of us here at HHSL look forward to working with you!


Cam Duval

We’re sad to announce that another staff member is departing, but thrilled that he’ll be going on to something great! Our Collections Assistant, Cam Duval, has been hired to work on a project to catalog the Boston Public Library’s Founding Research Collection. The Founding Research Collection was the BPL’s original catalog from the 1840s-1930s that unfortunately ceased to be available to the public. The project he’s joining is working to make them available for public scholarship again. He previously worked on this project in 2019-2020, and is looking forward to getting back to it!

We wish him well as he embarks on this next phase of his cataloging career!



Please join us in saying goodbye and congratulations to our Evening and Weekend Coordinator, Dominique! She is moving on to a great new job opportunity in her field of study. We wish her the best in her new position and as she completes her MSW. We will all miss chatting with her at the desk! Her last day is today, March 30th, so take a moment to stop by and wish her well.

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