User guide - Viewing articles


The AMBOSS Library is made up of articles dedicated to a variety of clinical and preclinical topics. This guide explains the key features and tools within the articles and how to use them.

Opening a learning card

To open an article, click on the Library icon on the far left, then “Clinical Knowledge” under “Library” on the left. An overview of the subjects will then appear; selecting a field (e.g., surgery) will provide you with an overview of all the topics associated with it. You can open the sections one by one by clicking on their titles individually, or you can expand them all at once by either pressing the space bar or clicking the downward pointing arrow icon at the top right corner.

Icons in the upper right corner

High-yield mode (toggle icon)

High-yield mode allows you to view a condensed version of the article that contains only exam-relevant information. It can be used together with the highlighting tool (explained below) for highly targeted studying. Turning on high-yield mode hides all information in the article except:

  • Key terms
  • Images
  • Tables that include key content

Favorite articles (star icon)

Articles can be favorited by clicking on the little gray star icon. They will then be saved to the 'Favorites' section, which you can find under 'My Articles' in the Library menu on the left.

Once you have favorited an article, the star icon will appear with a black outline. Clicking on it again will unfavorite the article and change the star icon back to its default gray color.

Study status (clipboard icon)

When you begin studying with AMBOSS, all articles will automatically be set to 'Not marked as studied.' As you work through the articles, you can click the clipboard icon at the top right to mark an article as 'studied'. The icon will then be displayed in black instead of gray. You can find all articles 'Marked as Studied' or 'Not Marked as Studied' in the Library menu on the left under 'History.'

Highlighting tool (highlighter icon)

Clicking on the highlighting tool reveals built-in highlighting. Our editorial team has highlighted the most essential components of the articles. Every correct answer to a Qbank question is linked to a part of the article essential for answering that question; this part of the article is always highlighted. The highlights can be turned off by clicking on the highlighter icon again.

Learning radar (radar circles icon)

The learning radar gets more powerful the more you use AMBOSS. Every time you answer a question, AMBOSS assesses what you've got down pat as well as the areas in which you could use more work. When you answer a question incorrectly, you can see which part of the article you need to study more to be able to correctly answer the question. This section will appear in red when you click the learning radar icon. Once you answer the question correctly in the Qbank, that article is removed from your learning radar and the text will no longer be red when your learning radar is turned on.

Open a custom session (play button triangle icons)

The two triangle icons allow you to create an instant custom session for the article you are currently viewing.

  1. The red triangle opens a Qbank session with all of the questions you have answered incorrectly in the past that are associated with the content of that article.
  2. The black triangle opens a Qbank session with all of the questions that are associated with the content of that Article.

Expand the article text (down arrow icon)

Clicking the downward arrow expands the article to show all content and sections. You can also do this by simply pressing your space bar.


Clicking on the keywords in articles will do the following:

  • Words or phrases underlined with a single dotted line will forward you to another article that provides more detail on the subject.
  • Words or phrases underlined with a double solid line will bring you to an explanation of that term within the same article.
  • Hovering over words or phrases underlined with a dashed line will bring up a small text box in which the word or term is defined. In many cases, this will also bring up a link to the article in which the word/phrase is discussed in more detail, or you can click directly on this type of keyword to jump to the article in which it is discussed.

Supplemental information

You will find square speech bubble icons everywhere in our articles. Hovering over them causes a small text box to pop up that provides more detail or an explanation of the preceding text. This feature grants you quick and easy access to additional information, without disrupting your study flow.

Personal notes

You can add your own personal notes to each article section. Just look for the words 'Your notes' at the bottom left of each section and click; a text box will appear. Your notes will always be visible at the bottom of the section and they can be edited, formatted, or deleted at any time. Your personal notes will always be saved in AMBOSS, even if your access to the platform expires for a period before you can renew it again.


Our team is always working to improve and refine your experience with AMBOSS. Your feedback is very important to us!

  • You can provide feedback at the bottom of every article section, Qbank question, and Qbank answer option.
  • 'Thumbs up' or 'Thumbs down' helps to communicate whether your feedback is positive or negative.
  • We may not be able to respond to every message, but we will look at each one and try our best to take your ideas into consideration as quickly as possible.


Every article has a light gray 'Sources' button on the bottom right. Clicking on it reveals the sources our editors used to create the article, including books and current guidelines.

Tips and links

Some articles have a small, light gray button labeled 'Tips and links' at the bottom left. Clicking on it will reveal a list of links, reliable websites, YouTube videos, and other relevant resources.

Last updated

At the top of each article, you can see when our editors last updated the content. Updates range from the correction of small typos to major overhauls based on new guidelines. Our editors are constantly working to improve our articles and keep all information up-to-date.

last updated 07/22/2020
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