Academic Support Resources

The College of Medicine is committed to student success.  All students at the college receive the following exam preparation and self-assessment resources.  Academic support resources are distributed at appropriate intervals throughout the curriculum:

  1. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Study Guide
  2. UWorld 6 Month Subscription for USMLE Step 1
  3. UWorld 1 Year Subscription for USMLE Step 2 CK
  4. CBSSA Exam Voucher for USMLE Step 1

Osmosis:  All students are provided with access to Osmosis.  Osmosis is a web- and mobile application that makes medical education more efficient. Content from the Block courses is uploaded to the Osmosis system by UICOM coordinators or other staff/students, depending on campus. The system scans the text on these documents and provides relevant educational content like videos, USMLE-style practice questions, and references to First Aid to use while studying. Here is a brief overview.  Osmosis can be used to help prepare for NBME exams, Step 1, Shelf exams, and Step 2CK.

Additional academic support resources can be found on the UI COM All Student Resources Blackboard site.  This site contains resources for students in all phases of their education:

  • Study plan guidelines
  • Study tips
  • Time management tips
  • Overview of learning preferences

We encourage students to use these resources to supplement their work with Academic Advisors, Academic Learning Specialists, and Peer Educators.