Study for the USMLE Step 1
AMBOSS is the only platform that covers you throughout all your years of medical school and into your residency. Even after Step 1, AMBOSS is there for you with high-yield material for Step 2 CK and all your NBME Shelf exams. Our library acts as a trusty clinical companion on the wards, ready for you to reference at your point-of-care needs.
Our Step 1 content, as well as the rest of our exam materials, are developed and curated via a rigorous internal peer-reviewed process powered by over 50 physicians who have scored in the top percentiles on their USMLE Step and NBME Shelf exams. It’s our way of ensuring that all content is clear, comprehensive, and relevant to your studying needs.
How Can AMBOSS Help Me Study for Step 1?
Study Information Side-by-Side
As you go through sessions in the Qbank, you’ll have moments when you’ll want to dig deeper at the topic at hand. Instead of wasting time between seemingly-related-but-not-really external resources, you can keep your studying centralized with AMBOSS. Every Qbank answer is linked to a corresponding Article that you can open up right beside the question.
Go Through the Qbank
Go through challenging, USMLE-style questions with pre-made question blocks or sessions you’ve customized yourself. With randomized sessions, you’ll give your memory a workout and train your brain to more easily recall information later on. Every answer option, whether it’s right or wrong, offers a contextual explanation of why it does or doesn’t apply.
Feeling comfortable with the exam format is just as important as knowing the content that will appear on it. Enabling exam simulation mode will replicate exam-day conditions, featuring a timer and NBME-style interface.
Browse the Basic Science Section of the Library
The library spans everything you need to know for Step 1. There, you’ll find Articles covering traditionally defined disciplines like anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, biostatistics and epidemiology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology, as well as interdisciplinary areas like genetics, aging, immunology, nutrition and molecular and cell biology. Topics can be approached from two vantage points: by discipline or by system.
Enable Highlighting and High-Yield Mode
Always see exam-relevant information first. Enabling the highlighting tool highlights the most essential information you need to know in any Article—the very information that will come up in Qbank questions. If, instead, you’re looking to get through Articles as quickly as possible, you can turn on High-Yield mode to condense them to their key points.
Check on Your Progress
Get an idea of how well you’re retaining knowledge with personal assessment tools. The Learning Radar will set information you’re getting wrong in the Qbank in red in the Articles.
If you’re looking for a more complete overview of your progress, check out your Personal Analysis. There you’ll see which topic, subject or organ system you’ve mastered already and which you need to dedicate more time to. Personalized Study Recommendations also provide a breakdown showing how much time to spend on weak areas and with which Articles.
AMBOSS offers so much more than what the traditional resources offer. Both the Qbank and library feature a phrasionary, table quizzes, charts, radiological images with overlays, videos, SmartZoom samples and other images that illustrate key points on different topics. And it’s all on a digital platform that you can refer to anytime, anywhere, whether you’re at home or on-the-go—even offline with our mobile apps.