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College of Osteopathic Medicine: Rotations: NBOME & USMLE Resources ; Commercial Board Review Resources

This Research Guide puts together information that will be helpful to you while you are out on rotations.

From the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) website:

USMLE Practice Exam Information

From the United States Medical Licensing Examination

  • Step1
  • Step 2 CK
  • Step 3

USMLE Announcements

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Student-Recommended Commercial Resources

Firecracker - DO/MD review resource for clerkships, boards

SketchyMedical - A visual concept study tool, geared toward USMLE Step 1. Courses include :

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Fungi
  • Parasites
  • Autonomic Drugs
  • Cardiovascular and Renal
  • Blood and Inflammation
  • Smooth Muscle
  • GI & Endocrine
  • Neuro & Psych
  • Antimicrobials
  • Antineoplastics

Picmonic - visual nmenomic story-telling app, suitable for fact recall. Has content geared toward USMLE Step1 and Step 2. Has quizzes. Requires paid subscription.

Pixorize - uses visual stories with nmenonics for biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, microbiology, neuroanatomy for USMLE Step 1. Requires paid subscription.

Commercial Board Review Resources


Offers USMLE Step 1 full length practice exams, review courses, questions and quizzes.


Offers USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams, and supplemental materials for Step 3.

Board Vitals - Includes question banks for USMLE Step 1, NBME shelf exams, Cardiology, Dermatology, ECG, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Family Medicine, GI, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB-GYN, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery.

Boards Bootcamp
Covers COMLEX Levels 1, 2 & 3.

Offers courses for COMLEX Levels 1, 2 & 3, and COMAT exams.

Dr. Najeeb Lectures
Video library of basic medical science lectures geared toward the USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX.

Kaplan Medical
Offers courses for USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 2 CS, USMLE Step 3 & COMLEX.

Offers online videos and prep material for pathology and the USMLE Step 1.

Offers courses for USMLE Steps 1, 2 (CK and CS) & 3.