About USMLE Consult

USMLE Consult is an affordable, powerful USMLE test prep and simulation tool. Pulling content that only Elsevier can provide, USMLE Consult includes sections of text with every question from the products students and residents know, use, and trust: Goljan, Robbins, Netter, Gray's Anatomy, Dorland's, Brochert, Cecil, Nelson, the Rapid Review and Secrets series, among 80 others. The High-yield Hits feature sets USMLE Consult apart from every other online question bank on the market.

USMLE Consult was created in part because Elsevier saw the need for a high-quality USMLE practice test bank that includes content from experts in their fields. We reached out to our most popular authors and recruited them to write questions, review questions, and provide content for High-yield Hits.

USMLE Consult provides an unrivalled level of flexibility with exam creation. Users are able to tailor Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 exams by category, subcategory, or keyword; new, previously incorrect, or all questions can be included and users can taken an exam in test or practice mode.

USMLE Consult's analysis includes comparisons to other test-takers on a per-question and per-test basis. The user can view results through several parameters, including category and subcategory.

The purchase of any question bank includes our score correlation tool, the Scorrelator, which provides complete results analysis for each test attempt. A graphical display allows you to place your percentage score on our correlation curve to see how your score correlates with actual USMLE or COMLEX 3-digit scores. Results breakdown provides a percentage score and a table showing a detailed report of your strengths and weaknesses, right down to the topic level.


Netterimages.com is a collection of medical illustrations by world-renowned medical illustrator, Frank H. Netter, MD, and physician-artists, Carlos Machado and John Craig. Topics range from human anatomy to clinical disease states to new therapeutic technologies.

USMLE Consult is the only online question bank to include these images.

Gray's Anatomy

A universal landmark in medicine ever since Drs. Henry Gray and H.V. Carter published the first edition in 1858, Gray's Anatomy 40th edition is an invaluable resource for students and clinicians and is the gold standard for detailed coverage of clinical anatomy.

USMLE Consult is proud to be the only USMLE online question bank that includes illustrations from Gray's Anatomy, including artwork by renowned illustrators Richard Tibbitts and Paul Richardson. These figures provide an extra layer of remediation that no other question bank can compete with.


Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary was first published in 1898. The unifying force over the decades since has been a focus on users. Accuracy, authoritativeness, and usefulness have always been the aim of the creators and editors. Above all, the Dorland's products are created to be useful tools, and the experience of the user is the final standard by which they are judged.

USMLE Consult Step 1 is proud to be the only USMLE question bank to include definitions from Dorland's for a selection of terms, chosen by our chief lexicographer. Terms that include definitions from Dorland's are underlined in orange and definitions appear with mouse rollover. Terms are not underlined nor definitions provided for older questions.

High-yield Hit Book List

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Content from the following world-renowned sources was used in USMLE Consult's High-yield Hits:

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  • Abbas and Lichtman: Basic Immunology, Saunders
  • Abbas and Lichtman: Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Saunders
  • Actor: Elsevier's Integrated Immunology and Microbiology, Mosby
  • Alam: Crash Course Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mosby
  • Andreoli et al: Cecil Essentials of Medicine, Saunders
  • Bader: ObGyn Secrets, Updated Edition, Mosby
  • Baliga: Crash Course Internal Medicine, Mosby
  • Barnes: Crash Course Pharmacology, Mosby
  • Baynes and Dominiczak: Medical Biochemistry, Mosby
  • Becker and Stucchi: Essentials of Surgery, Saunders
  • Behrman et al: Nelson textbook of Pediatrics, Saunders
  • Boron and Boulpaep: Medical Physiology, Saunders
  • Bradley et al: Neurology in Clinical Practice, Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Brenner: Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, Saunders
  • Brenner and Stevens: Pharmacology, Saunders
  • Burns and Cave: Rapid Review Histology and Cell Biology, Mosby
  • Carlson: Human Embryology and Developmental Biology, Updated Edition, Mosby
  • Carroll: Elsevier's Integrated Physiology, Mosby
  • Clark: Crash Course Metabolism and Nutrition, Saunders
  • Cohen and Powderly: Infectious Diseases, Mosby
  • Costanzo: Physiology, Saunders
  • Damjanov: Pathology Secrets, Mosby
  • Drake et al: Gray's Anatomy for Students, Churchill Livingstone
  • Duke: Anesthesia Secrets, Mosby
  • Ferri: Ferri's Clinical Advisor, Mosby
  • Ferri: Practical Guide to the Care of the Medical Patient, Mosby
  • Fishback: Crash Course Pathology, Mosby
  • FitzGerald et al: Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience, Saunders
  • Fitzpatrick: Dermatology Secrets in Color, Mosby
  • Gartner and Hiatt: Color Textbook of Histology, Saunders
  • Gershwin and Naguwa: Allergy and Immunology Secrets, Mosby
  • Glasheen: Hospital Medicine Secrets, Mosby
  • Goldman and Ausiello: Cecil Textbook of Medicine, Saunders
  • Goljan: Rapid Review Pathology, Mosby
  • Gordis: Epidemiology, Saunders
  • Gordon: Crash Course History and Examination, Mosby
  • Granger: Crash Course Anatomy, Mosby
  • Guyton and Hall: Textbook of Medical Physiology, Saunders
  • Hacker et al: Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saunders
  • Haines: Fundamental Neuroscience – Basic and Clinical Applications, Churchill Livingstone
  • Jafek and Murrow: ENT Secrets, Mosby
  • Jorde et al: Textbook of Medical Genetics, Mosby
  • King: Elsevier's Integrated Pathology, Mosby
  • Kliegman et al: Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, Saunders
  • Kumar et al: Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, Saunders
  • Kumar et al: Robbins Basic Pathology, Saunders
  • Lamb: Crash Course Cell Biology and Genetics, Mosby
  • Lawlor: Rapid Review USMLE Step 2, Mosby
  • Levy et al: Berne and Levy Principles of Physiology, Mosby
  • Liporace: Crash Course Neurology, Mosby
  • Male at al: Immunology, Mosby
  • McDermott: Endocrine Secrets, Mosby
  • McNally: GI/Liver Secrets, Mosby
  • Meisenberg and Simmons: Principles of Medical Biochemistry, Mosby
  • Meszaros et al: Crash Course Endocrine and Reproductive Systems, Mosby
  • Mihailoff: Crash Course Nervous System, Mosby
  • Mims et al: Medial Microbiology, Mosby
  • Minneman et al: Brody's Human Pharmacology, Mosby
  • Moore and Roy: Rapid Review Gross and Developmental Anatomy, Mosby
  • Morton et al: Gray's Dissection Guide for Human Anatomy, Churchill Livingstone
  • Murray et al: Medical Microbiology, Mosby
  • Myers: Crash Course Respiratory System, Saunders
  • Nadeau et al: Medical Neuroscience, Saunders
  • Nairn and Helbert: Immunology for Medical Students, Mosby
  • Nordness: Epidemiology and Biostatistics Secrets, Mosby
  • Novak: Crash Course Immunology, Saunders
  • Page et al: Integrated Pharmacology, Mosby
  • Pazdernik and Kerecsen: Rapid Review Pharmacology, Mosby
  • Pelley and Goljan: Rapid Review Biochemistry, Mosby
  • Pelley: Elsevier's Integrated Biochemistry, Mosby
  • Polin and Ditmar: Pediatric Secrets, Mosby
  • Polin and Spitzer: Fetal and Neonatal Secrets, Mosby
  • Pollard and Earnshaw: Cell Biology, Saunders
  • Pretorius: Radiology Secrets, Mosby
  • Rakel: Essential Family Medicine – Fundamentals and Cases, Saunders
  • Rang et al: Pharmacology, Churchill Livingstone
  • Rolak: Neurology Secrets, Mosby
  • Rosenthal and Tan: Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology, Mosby
  • Russ: Crash Course Cardiovascular System, Mosby
  • Seidel et al: Mosby's Guide to Physical Examination, Mosby
  • Seidel: Crash Course Gastrointestinal System, Mosby
  • Standring: Gray's Anatomy, Churchill Livingstone
  • Stevens and Lowe: Human Histology, Mosby
  • Stevens et al: Rapid Review Behavioral Science, Mosby
  • Stevenson: Crash Course Renal and Urinary Systems, Mosby
  • Swartz: Textbook of Physical Diagnosis – History and Examination, Saunders
  • Talley and O'Connor: Clinical Examination, Churchill Livingstone
  • Thuluvath: Crash Course Gastroenterology, Saunders
  • Townsend et al: Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, Saunders
  • Turnpenny and Ellard: Emery's Elements of Medical Genetics, Churchill Livingstone
  • Walji: Crash Course Musculoskeletal System, Saunders
  • Weinstein et al: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mosby
  • Weyhenmeyer and Gallman: Rapid Review Neuroscience, Mosby
  • Young et al: Wheater's Functional Histology, Churchill Livingstone
  • Zollo: Medical Secret, 4th Edition, Mosby


USMLE Consult offers unrivalled feedback and analysis to help direct your study.

  • Compares you with your peers by providing the percentage of users who also got a question correct (data is collected and collated daily)
  • Provides results for the test as a percentage; details of the numbers of questions answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted; and includes the average time taken for each question.
  • Provides a more detailed breakdown of your performance, specific for each step:
    • Step 1 – by discipline and organ system
    • Step 2 CK – by specialty/subspecialty and physician task
    • Step 3 – by clinical setting and problem/disease

In Review Test, you can review all questions answered, with links to full answer rationales and High-yield Hits.

Once you have taken a few tests you can also review your cumulative scores in one of four ways.

  1. Previous Tests – view all previously taken tests with summaries of your scores.
  2. Cumulative Results – view your Overall results for each test, or Review a Test question by question. Further analysis and break down of your results are given for each Step:
    • Step 1 – by Discipline and Organ System;
    • Step 2 CK – by Specialty, Subspecialty, and Physician Task; and
    • Step 3 – by Clinical Setting, Problem/Disease, Clinical Encounter, Physician Task, and Patient Age.
  3. Compare your results to others gives you a summary of your scores, and a percentile ranking allowing you to compare your performance with other USMLE Consult users.
  4. Results over time plots your scores for each test taken (even if incomplete), against the date taken so you can check your improvement as you progress.

About the Scorrelator

A research project carried between January and December 2007 has indicated that under certain circumstances there is a correlation between individual performance on the Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 Scorrelator tests, and performance on the corresponding medical licensing exam.

The Scorrelator gives you complete results analysis for each test attempt. Our results breakdown provides a percentage score and a table showing a detailed report of your strengths and weaknesses, right down to the topic level.

Correlation Guide

A graph allows you to place your percentage score on our correlation curve, so you can see, at a glance, how your score correlates with actual USMLE or COMLEX 3-digit scores.

The graph plots Scorrelator results along the x axis, and the corresponding 3-digit USMLE or COMLEX scores up the y axis. Simply read your result from the graph, as in the example below.

In the example given, a Scorrelator score of 64 correlates with an approximate 3-digit score of 248.

Our Scorrelator tests compare your individual performance to actual USMLE/COMLEX scores using data that were collected under specific conditions. The data are indicative only and should not be used to predict your performance on your actual USMLE or COMLEX exams.

Scorrelator Correlation Methods

For each of the Steps or Levels of the USMLE and COMLEX exams we recruited a cohort of between 50-100 students from a broad geographical area and from a wide variety of schools and programs.

Student were asked to prepare for their USMLE/COMLEX exam as normal and were given 1-month access to the appropriate Scorrelator and Question Bank.

Participants were asked to take the 3-hour Scorrelator test in one sitting, under simulated exam conditions, during the 2-week period leading up to their scheduled test date.

Scorrelator test results were collected.

After students had taken their actual USMLE/COMLEX exam they submitted a copy of their Board report showing their 3-digit score.

Participants' results were collated and the 3-digit USMLE/COMLEX scores were plotted against their Scorrelator test results and a curve was drawn.

Because the Scorrelator uses the 3-digit score, rather than the actual percentages achieved, non-parametric statistics were used to analyze the results.

  • The strength of the correlation between the Scorrelator performance and the actual 3-digit scores achieved was assessed using the Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient, rs
  • The statistical significance (the p-value) of the correlation was assessed using the Wilcox on Signed-ranks Test

Our Scorrelator tests compare your individual performance to actual USMLE/COMLEX scores using data that were collected under specific conditions. The data are indicative only and should not be used to predict your performance on your actual USMLE or COMLEX exams.


Thanks to all students who volunteered to take part in the collection of correlation data and also to the Student Doctor Network for allowing us to post a recruiting message on their site.