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This is the second in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Last week we posted about comprehensive Step 1 resources such as books, question banks, and online practice tests available at the library. For our first post on systems-based resources, the table below covers top-rated review resources in anatomy, embryology and neuroscience according to First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018 edition.

Some of the review books in our collection are available online. For print copies of resources, some are available in the 5th floor stacks can be checked out for 4 weeks; the loan period for reserve books is 4 hours. To check out a book on reserve, just stop by the 4th floor Library Service Desk and ask us to grab it for you from behind the desk.

What does it look like?TitleFirst AuthorYear of PublicationWhere can I find it?
High-Yield Gross AnatomyDudek2015On reserve behind 4th Floor Service Desk
Anatomy: an Essential TextbookGilroy2017One copy on reserve and another copy in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number QS. 18.2 G489 2017)
Atlas of AnatomyGilroy2012On reserve behind 4th floor service desk
BRS PhysiologyCostanzo2019Full text online
BRS EmbryologyDudek2014Full text online
High-Yield NeuroanatomyGould2016Two copies available in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number WL0101 G696 2016)

For more board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine.

Feel free to ask us if you’re having trouble finding a resource or need a recommendation. Happy studying!

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We’re in the thick of the semester, so why not take a moment to de-stress and send some love? This Thursday and Friday we’ll have a variety of supplies out at the Library Service Desk so you can make valentines for yourself, your friends, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?). We’ll have all the glitter and doilies you need to let someone know how much you appreciate them!


This is the first in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Did you know that you can access study materials for Step 1 through the library? Our resources include books and question banks, both online and in print.

Most print test prep books are on reserve and can be checked out from the Service Desk on the 4th floor, with a 4-hour loan period. Some print books with a 4-week loan period are also available in the 5th floor stacks.

Comprehensive resources and self-assessment tools are a good place to begin preparing for Step 1 to identify strengths and weaknesses and create a study strategy.

USMLE Easy and Board Vitals are two resources you can use to create personalized practice tests online. Kalpan and First Aid comprehensive study books are also on reserve and available for check out from the 4th floor Library Service Desk.

For more medical board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine. Keep an eye out for future blog posts about systems-based resources in our collection. Happy studying!

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Join us tomorrow for the first study break of the semester! Starting at 3pm at the Library Service Desk, we’ll have tea, cocoa, and some treats to help you power through the week. It’s also National Puzzle Day so we’ll have some puzzles out if you want an extra-engaging study break. Hope to see you there!

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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 20th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!


Attention first-year medical students! The HHSL collection includes several virtual and physical anatomy models to help you study this semester. Several anatomy models are on reserve and available for check out from the Library Service Desk, including real, plastic, and labeled skulls. (See our skull menu posted at the Service Desk!)

Through the HHSL website, you can also access virtual anatomy resources.

Anterior Triangle, Hyoid Muscles and the Hypoglossal Nerve 6) Sternohyoid Muscle © Scholar Educational Systems, Inc 2001-2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Net Anatomy contains a catalog of dissection images with labels and descriptions. The Test feature hides labels—a handy tool for doing self-assessments as you study.

Anatomy.TV by Primal Pictures is another database of images, comprised of 3D, interactive models.

Dissection: ankle and foot superficial dissection © Informa UK Limited 2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Investigate a more extensive list of Hirsh’s anatomy resources from our Anatomy Research Guide.

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Through mid-February, Hirsh Library is home to the traveling exhibit Physicians Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibition was developed by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society, and showcases the history and evolution of the profession. You will find it on our 6th floor, just outside the main elevators. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit the official exhibition site. We hope you will come by to check it out!

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The end of the semester is finally within reach! With the holidays now upon us, Hirsh Library will be operating with modified hours from Friday, December 20th through Wednesday, January 1st. The full schedule is as follows:

Friday, December 20st: 7:45am-5pm

Saturday, December 22nd-Wednesday, December 25th: Closed

Thursday, December 26th-Friday, December 27th: 7:45am-5pm

Saturday, December 28th- Sunday December 29th: Closed

Monday, December 30th-Tuesday, December 31st: 7:45am-5pm

Wednesday, January 1st: Closed

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Thursday, January 2nd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!

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Have you checked your WiFi settings lately? Tufts has three networks that you can connect to: Tufts_Guest, Tufts_Wireless, and Tufts_Secure. While you can get online with any of them, Tufts_Secure is the preferred network for the Tufts Community. If you notice that your connection seems slow, check to make sure you’re connected to the secure network and not Tufts_Guest or Tufts_Wireless. Please visit  TTS’s WiFi page for more information about connecting to each network.


It’s our favorite time of year! Yes, that’s right. It’s turkey time!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/21 and Friday 11/22, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home to Mom (or back to your study carrel). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D  pinecone poultry.

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