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Medical Student Core

Finally! One set of books for all of medical school. The Core comprehensively presents and clearly explains the material you’re expected to learn in med school—and makes learning it easier.

  • 20 beautifully illustrated books in print and/or digital formats
  • Includes coverage of every item in the content outline for USMLE® Step 1 & 2 Exams
  • Comes with Personal Trainer: your interactive learning guide that ensures must-know information gets locked into your long-term memory
  • Choose the format and access period based on your study needs


For the best learning experience (and value!), purchase as part of the  Med Student Study Strong System (Qbank+ and Core content is interlinked)

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All student print & digital products are non-refundable.

Topics Covered

• Biochemistry
• Biostatistics & Epidemiology
• Cardiology
• Dermatology
• Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology and Nutrition
• General Medicine
• Genetics
• Hematology and Oncology
• Immunology & Allergic Disorders
• Microbiology and Infectious Disease
• Musculoskeletal System
• Nephrology and Urology
• Neurology
• Pediatrics
• Pharmacology
• Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
• Pulmonary Medicine
• Surgery
• Women’s & Men’s Health

Medical Student Core
Medical Student Core
Medical Student Core

No fluff, just the right stuff!

• Cuts through the clutter to make learning the essentials of medicine as straightforward as possible

• Our physician educators bring must-know information to the forefront. They know exactly what you need to learn and teach it every day

• The casual, clear presentation of topics makes it feel like you’re learning from your favorite professor

• Preview | Review Questions at the beginning of each main topic are based on the most exam-relevant info. Answers are highlighted in the text

• Personal Trainer uses these Preview | Review questions (with extracted answers!) to create and display assignments on your Study Board

• Core covers all of medical school—sections typically begin with a review of the relevant basic science and then smoothly progress onto clinical topics


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Tony Hannaman, MD
Editor in Chief

Ellen Scholnicoff, MD
Senior Medical Editor

Thomas Abell, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville
Arthur M. Schoen MD Chair in Gastroenterology, University of Louisville

Brett Alldredge, DO
McKay-Dee Neurology Clinic

Nicole Kellan Behnke, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Physician Consultatnt

Kristina K. Bryant, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Louisville

Theresa A. Buck, MD
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Lynn Bullock, MD
MedStudy Faculty

Jonathan Caudill, MD

Joseph Choe, MD

Susan Conrad, MD
Physician Educator

Mark R. Corkins, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Kaci L. Durbin, MD
Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Daniel Freedman, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Dell Medical School - University of Texas at Austin

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Health Content Writer

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Healthcare Consultant

Qyana Griffith, MD

Daniel Hayes, MD
Medical Writer

J. Chad Hoyle, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Residency Director, Department of Neurology
Director of Integration
The Ohio State University

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Clinical Physician of Allergy & Immunology
Chief of Allergy & Immunology
Kaiser Permanente

George Ibrahim, MD
General and Bariatric Surgeon
Easton Surgical Associates

Saman Kannangara, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Easton Hospital

Mahesh Krishnamurthy, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine Program Director, IM Residency Program
St. Luke's University Health Network

Marjorie Lazoff, MD
Editorial Consultant

Elizabeth Leight, PhD

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Clinical Pharmacist

David Livert, PhD
Associate Professor
Penn State Lehigh Valley

Joanne Lynn, MD
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Sharon E. Maynard, MD
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

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Associate Program Director
Rush Medical College

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Medical Writer

Melba I. Ovalle, MD
Medical Director; Assistant Program Chair; Professor
Nova Southeastern University

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Healthcare Communications Consultant

Arthur S. Pickoff, MD
Professor Emeritus
Wright State University

Adam Quick, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Divakar Sharma, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Disease
Easton Hospital

Maren Shaw, MD
Maren Shaw Dermatology

Tina M. St. John, MD
Physician Educator
Health Communications Specialist

Manish Suneja, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

Barbara Wexler, MPH
Medical Writer

Shannon Williams, MD
Medical Editor

Maria Yang, MD
Medical Director
King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division

Mark Yoffe, MD
Physician Educator

Fred Zar, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine; Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
University of Illinois at Chicago

Medical Student Core Highlights

  • Preview | Review Questions

    Preview, study, and review the highest-yield material. See highlighted text for the answers. Each question identified as Step 1 and/or Step 2 question in Personal Trainer

  • Clinical Pearls

    We pull out relevant points to help you apply the information in a clinical setting

  • Over 1,320 Images

    Explanations are further clarified with scans, x-rays, photos, and 860+ exquisitely-drawn figures

  • Interlinked Content

    When purchased as part of the system, easily move from a topic in your digital Core to the Qbank+ questions for that topic

Personal Trainer Highlights

  • Study Board

    Shows your weekly study plan. Each phase of study has its own section of the board (Study, Spaced Retrieval, Preview). Complete all of your work from this study board

  • Weekly Study plan

    Uses Core, Qbank+ and the best evidence-based learning techniques to ensure deeper learning and easier recall

  • Weekly Progress Report

    See your progress and adjust your study pace as needed

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Medical Student Study Strong System

Get to know the complete system that was built to support how you progress through medical school and guide you through your coursework and exams.

  • Medical Student Core

    Everything you need to thrive in classes and on exams. Preview | Review Questions built into each topic to focus your review.

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    Personal Trainer

    Get personalized reading and Q&A assignments that help you achieve your goals. A $300 value free with packages and Core purchase.

  • Step 1 & Step 2 Qbank+

    3,000+ questions and answers test your knowledge of the basic sciences and how you apply your clinical knowledge to patient care.

  • heart sounds and skin signs products on tablets

    Heart Sounds & Skin Signs

    Learn clinical skills for cardiology and dermatology.


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Sarah French

I loved the Student Core books! They were easily digestible and broken down by subject, which made it easier to take just one book with me each day, instead of lugging around a 700-page medical book. It also made it easier to look up topics, I’d just pull the book I needed and go.

Sarah French

I love that what would be a chapter in another medical textbook is it’s own small book, so I could take just the booklet that I needed on the go.

Mark Corkins, MD

What makes this product valuable for medical students is that you have some of the very best experts, folks teach for a living, and who've taken all that experience about what's important and distilled it down into one volume. Really, every piece of information in the Student Core is golden.

Ellen Scholnicoff, MD

The student products are not mere lists of facts. These are true review textbooks written with the purpose of ensuring students truly understand and enjoy learning the high-yield information they contain.

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