Posts by: Katherine Morley

September brings with it a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and our writing consultant is here to help! The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are held remotely on Zoom and are 45 minutes long.

The fall schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-3pm

Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Sundays: 12pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!


M1s and M2s: it’s a whole new academic year, a fresh start. Maybe you’re resolving to embark on that ambitious new study schedule. The library has some resources to help you stick to your new-academic-year resolutions. Before—or in addition to—shelling out for q-bank subscriptions to study for Step 1 (looking at you, Boards&Beyond, UWorld, et al), zhuzh up your study strategy with these q-banks you can access for free through the library.


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Board Vitals

  • Requires a free individual account
  • Format similar to UWorld
  • Access USMLE-style questions and comprehensive explanations
  • Apple and Android mobile app available


Screenshot of MedoNe Adaptive LEarner

MedOne Adaptive Learner: Step 1

  • Requires a free individual account
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Access thousands of questions divided by 11 USMLE disciplines
  • Designed to help identify misconceptions and gaps in knowledge based on user data and metacognitive prompts that ask users to rate how well they know material
  • One USMLE Step 1 Practice Test included



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LWW Health Library

  • Requires a free individual account
  • Quizzes based on textbook content organized by the following subjects: Anatomy, Bedside diagnosis, Behavioral science, Biochemistry, Embryology, Epidemiology, Human genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Neuroanatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology

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First Aid eBook Collection

Our q-banks require authenticating as a Tufts user in addition to setting up a free individual account. If you have trouble getting started, we’re happy to help!


Post contributed by Christina Heinrich


Megan Uberti Headshot

Please join us in welcoming our new Collections Assistant, Megan Uberti! She is an MIT grad who brings with her a number of years of experience as an engineer in the biotech industry. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and collecting postcards. She will be splitting her time between the library offices and the Library Service Desk, so she will be working on all fronts to help you connect with the resources you need!


We want to officially welcome all of our new Dental students! We enjoyed meeting you during your orientation last week and look forward to helping you throughout your years here at Tufts. If last week passed by in a blur, we’d like to remind you that the library has quiet places for studying (and naps), collaboration space, and you are welcome to eat and drink while you are here (we even have microwaves you can use).

  • Have a question? Drop by the Service Desk on the 4th floor and chat to the librarian on call.
  • Want more extended one-on-one help? Schedule an appointment with the dental librarian, Hannah Ellingson
  • Speaking of Hannah, be sure to bookmark the Dental Resources she’s put together for TUSDM. It includes goodies like information on Board and Licensure Exam study resources, how to find Materials Research, and tips on conducting excellent EBD searches.
  • Forget your charger and your phone’s about to die? Check one out at the Service Desk. For that matter, check out a laptop, a VGI cable, model teeth, real skulls, and more!

We wish you nothing but success here at Tufts and everyone at the library looks forward to getting to know you better!





“Library in the Medical and Dental School Building”, 1907. From the Tufts Digital Library:

A big welcome to the TUSM class of 2027 from all of us here at Hirsh Library! We can’t wait to meet you at library orientation today, July 25th, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about the library and all the resources that are available to you. (We’ve had a few renovations since the photo above was taken in 1907). We’re also looking forward to seeing you at PBL Library Skills Workshops on August 21st!

Your pre-clerkship liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or need any library help! You can also stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of MedEd to talk to one of our staff members, or Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text–we’re always happy to help!


Hello and welcome to all the new residents starting this summer! We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you with any research questions or information needs that you might have. Stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of the Medical Education building to check out materials, get help finding resources, or just to say hello!

Need remote help? Just Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text!

A quick reminder about library access: at library orientation, you were given a temporary access number, but keep your eyes on your inbox for instructions on setting up your Tufts account and username. That will be your permanent way of accessing library resources from off-campus.

Have additional questions about setting up your Tufts username and password? Contact Tufts Technology Services at 617-627-3376 or at and they will be able to assist you.


Debbie Berlanstein

Today, we share bittersweet news:  our Associate Director, Debbie Berlanstein, will be retiring on June 30th. Debbie held the position of Head of Information Services (now our Research & Instruction department) from June 2005 to September 2006, before being welcomed back with open arms as Associate Director in February 2012.

In her tenure as Associate Director, Debbie has fostered a warm and collaborative daily working environment. A champion of new ideas, she has encouraged both our librarians and support staff to pursue professional development opportunities and to participate in our broader library and health sciences communities. She has also sought to create a similar open and engaging environment for our patrons. She always looked for ways to improve the environment for those using the library, and has overseen several major library renovations and large scale furniture purchases.

She will be missed a great deal, but we are excited for her to enjoy the next phase of her life, which we hope is filled with lots of travel, time with family, and British detective shows.


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


Duette . “Commencement, 1966.” tufts:UA136.002.DO.01322r. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

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.

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