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How do I find resources for board review preparation (USMLE(TM), NCLEX-RN(R), etc)?

Answer: 

Find the Health Sciences Library's exam preparation resources for the USMLE(TM), NCLEX-RN(R), or other examinations in a variety of formats, including in-Library software, online subscriptions, Kindle ebook reader, audio, and print. The Health Sciences Library's collection includes review materials for USMLE(TM), NCLEX-RN(R), and other board certifications.

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Resources: 
  • Locate exam preparation help from the most popular resources by following the links below, categorized for USMLE(TM), Specialty Boards, NCLEX, and Nursing Certification.
  • To find additional print Library resources, search the VIRGO catalog with a keyword search on "examination questions" and select Health Sciences as the library.
USMLE™
  • USMLEasy™ Use when preparing for steps 1, 2 CK, and 3 of the USMLE™ board examinations. Create a free personal account to view progress reports and construct tests out of unseen or previously unanswered questions. 
  • First Aid The Library has full, online access to McGraw-Hill’s "First Aid" examination review collection.
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Self-Assessment Services Interactive self-assessment tools offered by NBME for USMLE™ Step1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. Free sample assessment is available, other assessments incur a cost.
  • Open Directory Resources related to United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE™) Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4. Multiple sites are listed, some free, discussion forums are also included.
  • USMLE World This commercial, fee-based site is popular with students looking for a subscription-based tool for test preparation.
  • Princeton Review This commercial site offers a free full-length practice test. Requires registration.
  • Ebooks via Ebrary Electronic access to older versions of popular test review books is available using free, downloadable software available at http://shop.ebrary.com/Download. The Ebrary reader is also available on all Health Sciences Library computers.
Available for checkout: Specialty Boards
  • ECFMG®--Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Through its program of certification, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Surgery Board Reviews and ACGME Core Competencies AccessSurgery, a subscription available to UVa affiliates via the Health Sciences Library's website, offers review materials derived from current surgery board review texts.
  • Ebooks via Ebrary Electronic versions of some of the most popular test review books, including books from the PreTest and FirstAid series can be viewed using free, downloadable software available at http://shop.ebrary.com/Download. The Ebrary reader is also available on all Health Sciences Library computers.
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  • Emergency medicine secrets [edited by] Vincent J. Markovchick, Peter T. Pons. (2006) RC86.9 .M37 ON RESERVE, CIRCULATING COPY ALSO AVAILABLE
  • ICU recall senior editor, Curtis G. Tribble; editor, Jeffrey T. Cope. (1997) RC86.9 .I38
  • Neurology recall James Q. Miller, Nathan B. Fountain. (2003) RC343.5 .M55
  • Orthopedic secrets [edited by] David E. Brown, Randall D. Neumann. (1995) RD732.6 .O78
  • Pediatrics recall Eugene D. McGahren, III, William G. Wilson. (1997) RJ48.2 .M37
  • Primary care cardiology: a board review for internists and family practitioners Taylor, George Jesse. (1995) RC681 .T39
  • Urology secrets [edited by] Martin I. Resnick, Andrew C.Novick. (1995)
  • RC872 .U78
NCLEX
  • NCLEX Review 3500
  • NCLEX test preparation software available for use on all Health Sciences Library public Windows computer workstations.
  • NCLEX discussion forum from allnurses.com Large online nursing community offers discussion on over 350 topics. Registration is required but access is free.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) The primary responsibility of the NCLEX Examinations Department of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is the development, delivery and support of the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® examinations. Their official site provides links to several free resources about the exams.
  • Ebooks via Ebrary Electronic versions of some of the most popular test review books can be viewed using free, downloadable software available at http://shop.ebrary.com/Download. The Ebrary reader is also available on all Health Sciences Library computers.
  • Ebooks via STAT!Ref Electronic versions of specific test review books are available via the Health Sciences Library's STAT!Ref subscription. Connection via Proxy is required for off-Grounds access to the following titles:Davis's NCLEX-RN® SUCCESS and Davis's NCLEX-PN Review
Available for checkout: Nursing Certification
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools This website provides information on the process of applying to CGFNS to certify your credentials and/or evaluate your qualifications to seek employment or higher education as a nurse or other health care professional in the US.
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