Learning Resources

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OSLAA strongly encourages students to utilize all GUSOM faculty resources– course syllabus, learning objectives, powerpoint presentations, self-assessments, and other resources on course canvas sites– as your primary learning resources. The goal of each student is to actively engage faculty resources and didactic learning experiences to master basic science principles that will be essential to your clinical clerkships and ultimately your career as a practicing physician.

The learning materials provided by education resource partners listed on this information page are supplemental resources to your education. We also strongly encourage students to avail themselves of all free resources available for basic science, Step 1, Step 2 CK review available through the Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML)

OSLAA does not endorse any specific educational resource partners. The below pages show resources used by GUSOM students and OSLAA welcomes additional resources recommendations.

Please note that educational vendors noted in our email communication and here on our website resource page unfortunately will not offer institutional licenses through DML. Consequently, our DML Leadership is not able to offer these software products through the DML Medical Students Resource Guide. 

If you’d like to speak further about which learning resource might be right for you, meet with an OSLAA learning specialist for advice to create an individual learning plan. Complete a Learning Consultation Request Form and we’ll be in touch to set up an appointment.


Free Learning Resources Provided by DML

For questions regarding resources at DML, we encourage you to reach out to DML Staff through the chat inbox feature. 

Other Learning Resources, External Educational Vendors

Please note that educational vendors noted in our email communication and here on our website resource page unfortunately will not offer institutional licenses through DML. Consequently, our DML Leadership is not able to offer these software products through the DML Medical Students Resource Guide. 

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Click here for the videos from the Virtual Step 1 Vendor Fair presentations given by Becker, Firecracker, Kaplan, Lecturio, Osmosis, Pastest, and USMLERx.

Basic Sciences Resources

  • Firecracker: First Aid Equivalent Topic Summaries, Practice Questions, Image/Illustrations, Practice Exams
  • OnlineMedEd: 400+ pages notes, 70+ hours video and audio review, Practice questions, Flashcards and Quicktables
  • Anki: Free synchronization service to keep cards in sync across multiple devices, Ability to embed audio clips, images, videos and scientific markup on cards 

  • Draw It to Know It: Short text description with diagrams and space to draw, Practice Questions
  • Pixorize: Tools and resources for tests preparation based on visual mnemonics

  • Osmosis: Video library, Spaced repetition flashcards, Customized study schedule, Integrated with other resources

Step 1 Resources

  • Anki: Open Source Flashcards, Free resource with download of AnkiWeb
  • Firecracker: First Aid Equivalent Topic Summaries, Practice Questions, Image/Illustrations, Practice Exams
  • Memorang: Mobile App, Update weekly, Pre-made packs and build-your-own available

  • Becker: Question bank, Case review, Textbooks

  • Caduceus Academy: In-Person course located in Haverford, PA, Test-taking strategies, Practice questions, Personalized study schedule
  • Doctors in Training: Video review, Personalized study schedule
  • Kaplan: Question bank, Video lectures, Practice exams
  • PASS: Course book, Video access, Practice questions, Tutoring and NBME consultations
  • The Institute of Medical Boards (IOMB): In-Person course located in Kansas City or Las Vegas, Active learning focus, One on One test taking skills, Student wellness focus

  • First Aid: 1300+ topics with mnemonics, Rapid review questions, 1200+ images

  • Amboss: Question Bank with interactive library
  • Inside the Boards: All-Audio Question Bank
  • Pastest: 2100+ practice questions with practice exams
  • USMLERx: Question bank, Downloadable workbook, 80+ hours videos
  • UWorld: 2600+ practice questions, Detailed score reports

  • Boards and Beyond: 800+ practice questions, Companion textbook, 400+ videos
  • Lecturio: 220+ hours videos, Spaced repetition review
  • Pathoma: 35 hours videos review, Textbook with purchase
  • Picmonic: Short videos, Practice questions, Use mnemonics to guide memorization
  • Sketchy: Videos with interactive systems and characters, Review and practice questions

Step 2 CK Resources

  • Anki: Open Source Flashcards, Free resource with download of AnkiWeb
  • Firecracker: First Aid Equivalent Topic Summaries, Practice Questions, Image/Illustrations, Practice Exams
  • Memorang: Mobile App, Update weekly, Pre-made packs and build-your-own available
  • OnlineMedEd: 400+ pages notes, 70+ hours video and audio review, Practice questions, Flashcards and Quicktables

  • Becker: Question bank, Case review, Textbooks

  • Doctors in Training: Video review, Personalized study schedule
  • Kaplan: Question bank, Video lectures, Practice exams
  • PASS: Course book, Video access, Practice questions, Tutoring and NBME consultations
  • The Institute of Medical Boards (IOMB): In-Person course located in Kansas City or Las Vegas, Active learning focus, One on One test taking skills, Student wellness focus

  • Amboss: Question Bank with interactive library
  • Combank: 2000+ practice questions, Diagnostic test
  • USMLERx: Question bank, Downloadable workbook, 80+ hours videos
  • UWorld: 2600+ practice questions, Detailed score reports

  • First Aid: 1300+ topics with mnemonics, Rapid review questions, 1200+ images

  • Sketchy: Videos with interactive systems and characters, Review and practice questions