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New York/StuttgartThe right test-taking strategy for the USMLE Step II licensing exam

For medical students and interns, finding the best approach and the right tools to study for the USMLE Step II medical licensing exam can be more daunting than sitting the examination itself. Using Essential Med Notes 2016 from the Toronto Notes for Medical Students Inc. is one of the keys to a solid test-taking strategy for aspiring physicians. Now in its 32nd edition, this bestselling title is distributed worldwide by Thieme Publishers.

In the United States and around the world, the path to becoming a medical professional has multiple hurdles. The United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 – a joint program through the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc. and the National Board of Medical Examiners – is one of the challenges students encounter on their journey.Essential Med Notes 2016 (EMN) is not only a comprehensive medical reference, but also an invaluable day-to-day resource as it includes a Clinical Handbook, STAT Notes and unlimited access to the Toronto Notes website, including an online color atlas and additional resources.

With the help of more than 1,000 illustrations spread over 1,300 pages, EMN 2016 offers dedicated chapters for 30 medical specialties including cardiology, family medicine, neurology as well as vascular surgery. This up-to-date study guide concisely delivers relevant information, such as the most recent best practice guidelines and up-to-date trials for clinical practice that students and interns require to achieve their goals. The print version of EMN 2016 includes discounted access to the e-book with color illustrations.

Essential Med Notes 2016
Thieme Publishers, New York, Stuttgart. 2016
1,386 pp, 1,000 illustrations
ISBN: 9781927363225


About the Editorial Team
Zamir Merali holds a BSc (honours) from the University of Guelph in Biochemistry. He is currently a fourth year MD candidate at the University of Toronto and intends to specialize in neurosurgery.
Jason Woodfine holds a BSc (honours) from the University of Toronto in Mathematics and Physics. He is currently a fourth year MD candidate at the University of Toronto and intends to specialize in Internal Medicine.
Jieun Kim holds an MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto. She is currently in her sixth year of MD/PhD training, focusing on immunology and stem cell biology for her PhD thesis.
Ilya Mukovozov holds an MSc and a PhD from the University of Toronto where he is a sixth year MD/PhD student. He is also Editor-in-Chief for the Pair-o-docs newsletter.

About Thieme
Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 900 staff and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 450 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include eNeurosurgery, Medlantis, Thieme E-Journals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme, please visit

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