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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

Introducing BoardVitals


The Becker Medical Library is pleased to announce access to BoardVitals from STAT!Ref.  BoardVitals  replaces Exam Master and is a high-quality, effective and powerful board review tool with detailed explanations to help prepare for the following exams:

  • USMLE Step 1
  • USMLE Step 2 CK
  • USMLE Step 3
  • Shelf Exams: Family Medicine
  • Shelf Exams: Internal Medicine
  • Shelf Exams: Neurology
  • Shelf Exams: OBGYN
  • Shelf Exams: Pediatrics
  • Shelf Exams: Psychiatry
  • Shelf Exams: Surgery


  • You must be onsite at Washington University Medical School and connected to the WUSM network when you register and login for the first time.
  • Register here, sign up using your personal or institutional email address and you will automatically be logged into BoardVitals
  • Once you have logged in the first time, your account has been authenticated and you can visit the sign in page at any location at any time to continue using BoardVitals

BoardVitals offers:

  • The highest quality questions to prepare for the USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 and Shelf Exams
  • High-yield, vetted questions listed up front in an effort to maximize study time
  • Constantly evolving cloud-based system that updates every 24 to 48 hours based on changes and feedback
  • Ability for users to create customized practice tests based on number of questions, subjects and more, to simulate exams and help increase board pass rates
  • Advanced statistics so users can know where their strengths and weaknesses are, with suggested questions based on their performance
  • Detailed, up-to-date explanations with each answer, with references and links to applicable sources
  • Administrators can monitor student usage and performance to serve as a proactive remediation tool
  • Faculty can send customized exams to students or utilize questions in classroom discussions and weekly didactic review sessions
  • 24-hour access anytime and anywhere: from your phone, tablet and computer


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