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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
UpToDate Online
Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources No Access without Proxy

Ace the USMLE and other exams with practice tests and self-assessments from Becker Library

Becker Medical Library has several resources our users can use for free to help prepare for the USMLE, other licensure exams, and tests.  Note that you must be on the WUSM network or log-in with your Becker proxy account to access these resources:

Board Vitals

Register for a free account and access question banks from USMLE Steps 1-3 and shelf exams from several specialities including family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery.

Access Medicine

Access Surgery

Access Physiotherapy

Access Medicine, Access Surgery, and Access Physiotherapy each offer self-assessment tests. Access Medicine pulls test questions from internal medicine text books, Access Surgery from resources like Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, and Access Physiotherapy from physical therapy resources.  These self-assessments are perfect for medical students to utilize before an exam, and can help those studying for licensure exams.

To get started in any of the Access resources, click on the appropriate link above. Once you are on the Access website, Click on the grey box in the upper right corner that says Washington University School of Medicine.  Next, click on the link to create a free personal account. In the box that pops up click on the option “Don’t have a MyAccess account” and you will be prompted to create a username and password. Note that you need to be on the WUSM network of log-in through a Becker proxy account in order to use Access Medicine resources.

After you have created and logged in to your account, click on the “Self-Assessment” link found in the menu bar or under the “Learn” heading on the left side of the screen. You will be prompted to select a textbook that will be used to generate your tests questions, and you can select the number of questions you would like to answer in the practice exam.


Becker Library also has several books in our collection that can help you study for USMLE. Click on the title link to connect to our catalog and see if the book is currently available for check-out:

Step-up to USMLE Step 1 by Brian Jenkins [editor]

Step-up to USMLE Step 2 CK by Brian Jenkins [editor]

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2014: A Student-to-Student Guide by Tao Le

USMLE Images for the Boards: a Comprehensive Image-based Review by Amber Tully

You can find many more titles by searching for the keyword UMSLE in the Becker Library Catalog.

Please contact Becker Medical Library if you have questions about using any of these test-prep resources.


* Please note: Becker Briefs pages may contain links, email addresses or information about resources which are no longer current.