Student-To-Student Tutoring Program

***** All sessions are strictly confidential. *****
** This service is restricted to Southern Illinois University Medical Students **

If you said YES to any of these questions: Contact SIU School of Medicine's Student to Student Tutoring Program.

This service can arrange tutoring sessions for you to meet with a forth year medical student who was in your shoes not long ago. 

STS tutors can work with you on a variety of skills including:  Tutoring on topics you choose, identifying useful resources in textbooks or online, discussing how to organize material for USMLE preparation, or even just chatting once or twice to help ease the concerns of how to approach and fit into 2nd or 3rd year.

Everyone has difficulty learning and studying during their medical school career.  None of us can learn it all.  So, if you feel like you could use some help, then go ahead and let us help you.

Want to check it out or ask a question?  You can arrange as few as one session or a series of sessions.

For further information or to request sessions please contact:

Julie Robbs, MA
P.O. Box 19604
Springfield, IL 6294-9604
(217) 545-5770

Internet Resources

General Topics:  
Comprhensive and Global Reference Sites
 | Learning & Studying in Med School | Medical Careers | Physical Exam Skills | USMLE Exam Review

Medical Disciplines:  
Anatomy | Behavior Sciences | Complimentary and Alternative Medicine |  Dermatology | Embryology |Endocrinology | End of Life |  Epidemiology | Evidence-Based Medicine | Family & Community Medicine | Hematology-Oncology | HistologyInternal Medicine |  Microbiology | Neurology | Nutrition |  Obstetrics & Gynecology | Ophthalmology |  Pathology | Pediatrics | Pharmacology |  Psychiatry | Radiology |  Surgery

Comprehensive / Global Reference Sites:

Doc Hoc
A database constructed from doctors and medical students across Ireland. You can access and contribute to this database for free.
Hardin MetaDirectory

Links from AIDS to Zoster and everything in between, many picture sites
Harrison's Online
MD Linx
Abstracts, updated daily from medical literature in all specialties; email subscription for free
Medical Diseases on the Web, Karolinska Institute
See it to believe it - links worldwide to every disease imaginable, with related anatomy & phys sites
Medic Online
Has everything.  Links to great sites for anatomy, surgery, radiology, wilderness medicine...everything.

Incredible variety of links to online texts, PDA resources, patient sims, organizations, pt education sources, image search engines and much more
MedMark Medical Bookmarks

Virtual hospital and consumer sections under each topic are most relevant; also lists all related organizations/societies/school departments. Thorough topic listings, with links to other related comprehensive sites as well. Well worth checking out.
Medscape / WebMD
Clerkship Image Sites, Journal synoptics, nature medicine, much more for med students
Case reports, medicine links, diaries, DocTalkRadio, newsgroups, fiction articles, free homepages
Merck Manual
National Guideline Clearinghouse
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
RxPGRxPG has a comprehensive medical mnemonics database, clinical OSCE database, free online medical MCQ mock tests, medical downloads, rapid notes and study resources.

Variety of Medicine Topics
SIU Dept of Family & Community Medicine Links
Clinical guidelines, Organizations, EBM, CAM, online texts & journals, PDA sites, Pt Education and more
Student Doctor
Extensive links to E-texts, E-zines, career & medicine resources, USMLE review sites, lots more.
Texas Tech Med Ed Links

Less comprehensive scope, includes links to question banks, online bookstores, learning links and more
USMLE rockers
USMLE ROCKERS is a pioneering online networking service conceived to help USMLE and Residency aspirants network with each other with ease. 

Learning and Studying in Med School

Learning Style Type Indicator - TexasTech
Find your "learning type" (a Myers-Briggs adaptation) to tailor a study regimen that works for you. This site also contains many useful links and has a discussion forum.
Memory Skills
Quick reference quide for brain compatible memory principles.
RxPG Medical Mnemonics
Multiple mnemonics available for the common need to know lists like cranial nerves, carpal bones etc.

Survival Strategy - TexasTech
reviews study techniques & efficiency
Technion Medical Mnemonics
Useful medical mnemonics for anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, and clinic.  ***Warning:  May contain offensive content***
Time Management Skills - University of Kansas

Medical Careers

Careers in Medicine
Self-Assessment tools and other information developed by the AAMC & AMA

Physical Exam Skills

Auscultation Assistant
Awesome source of heart, lung sounds; Some find headphones useful to simulate the stethoscope experience

Heart Sounds and Cardiac Arrhythmias

Incredible views of chest/neck with sound and visual diagrams of flow/sound patterns

Physical Diagnosis Screening Exam, Loyola

PDF and power point lessons, QuickTime Skills Videos, flash cards, links to other exam sites

Rale Respiratory

Listen to what crackles and rhonchi really sound like.

USMLE Exam Review

Exam Master
CD and Online Question Sets, Exam Review program
Kaplan Medical Testing

Review courses for purchase, can preview sample question banks, highly recommended by past students
PASS Program, Champaign, IL
USMLE prep in 4 week and extended length series of review lectures, one-on-one tutoring and practice tests
Texas Tech - 4 week USMLE Study Schedule

Suggests a way to organize your time for a comprehensive review
USMLE Web Site
Application, deadlines, etc
Considered by many students as the best USMLE practice question source available.  USMLE not only simulates the questions, but also the computer based testing environment.  Note: This service does cost money.


Direct Anatomy
The purpose of this completely free site is to familiarize more people with the human body, using an interactive interface that allows you to navigate through the body, annotate the anatomic plates, and check your knowledge.
Lumen Cross-Section Tutorial, Loyola University

With images from Visible Human Project.
Lumen Learn 'Em, Loyola University
Tables of well-known "lists to know" in anatomy.
Medical Gross Anatomy - U Mich
Great anatomy source with tables, animations, atlases, and most importantly crosswords and games that have antomy learning themes.
MIT's SPL/NSL Anatomy Browser

Incredible detail, with real life as well as plain film and CT views. Loads slowly.
UC Berkeley Anatomy Lectures
Great source for anatomy

Behavioral Sciences

Alcoholics Anonymous - the Big Book Online
The original 12 step site, online textbook, more
Giving Bad News - UKY
Giving Bad News Online Course - U. Washington
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Comprehensive Links to all-things related
National Sleep Foundation
Documents on types of disorders, therapies, more; Links to related sites, Newsletter
Personality Theories
Erikson, Freud, Jung, Fromm, Maslow, Piaget, et al
Violence Against Women Online Resources
Documents, child custody/protection, Megan's Law, Lethality Assessents, more

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, sponsored by NIH
Info on CAM, alerts/advisories, also related research, funding opportunities
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Access by subscription, sceintific gold-standard for EBM on this topic


Clinical Dermatology Curriculum, American Academy of Dermatology
Tutorials, Images, Review Questions on variety of derm topics
Dermatology Atlas, Johns Hopkins
5000+ images plus related links
Dermatology Med Ed, Loyola
Derm Atlas, Skin Anatomy/Histology, Mohs surgery
SIU Y1 Tissue Histology Notes, Dr. King
Overview of basic tissue types with images and tutorial; Note - some links inactive or incomplete
Tattooing and Body Piercing Information

PubMed and CDC article abstracts


Human Embryo Animations - Indiana University
Effective pretests and animations.  Better than just reading books
Developmental Biology Online
Step by step walk through of embryo complete with pictures


American Diabetes Association, for Health Professionals
Practice recommendations (downloadable to PDA) and links to other resources including journals and books
Diabetes Mellitus - Histology Pictures
Diagnosis and classification of Diabetes Mellitus

AFP article, 1998, on new ADA and WHO criteria
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association
Thyroid Disease Manager, Abbott

Algorithms, Textbook, Cases, thyroid links

End of Life

Yale Library
Listing of online resource sites, mesh search terms, related media for loan


Adult Immunizations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Color Charts
Epidemiology for the Uninitiated, BMJ

Online Textbook

Evidence-Based Medicine

EBM Sites & Teaching Resources
Best evidence, Cochrane, Clinical Evidence, TRIP database, clinical trials, national guidelines, more

Tutorial, Questions for Critical Appraisal

Family & Community Medicine

Rural Family Medicine
Rural Health Issues, Social Overview, Rural organizations, Clinical topics
SIU Dept of Family & Community Medicine Links

Clinical guidelines, Organizations, EBM, CAM, online texts & journals, PDA sites, Pt Education and more


American Cancer Society
Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center, Peoria, IL
Hematology Images

Blood smear interpretation tutor (Access only from SIU Server)
National Hemophilia Foundation
Information and Links on Hemophilia-related issues, for providers and patients

Platelet Disorder Support Association
Good Differential Thrombocytopenia, Wealth of Information and Links on ITP
World Federation of Hemophilia
Links to related medical sites, info on blood safety and related blood products


Histology World
This histology site is chocked full of genuine educational histology material. It includes many high quality histology hints.
Histology World Test Bank
A Test Bank for taking practice tests at

Blue Histology
Has quizes and lecture notes

Internal Medicine

CDC Disease and Conditions
Self explanatory, from the folks who know
MKSAP for Students, book of IM review questions
Lumen Interpretive Skills Self-Evaluation, Loyola
Lessons, self-quizzes on blood smears, chest films, EKG, PFTs, ABGs, acid-base;
InternalMD Linx
Abstracts from top medicine journals, updated daily


Bacterial Infections, sponsored by NLM/NIH
Variety of organism, current research, prevention, etc
Infectious Bacterial Diseases - Hardin MD, U. Iowa
Links to photos, articles, societies on infectious bacterial diseases
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, CDC

Fact sheets, patient education, vacination information sheets
National Center for Infectious Diseases, Viral Guidelines by Topic
Guidelines, recommendations on viral prevention and treatment
TB Guidelines, CDC



AAN Neurology Practice Guidelines
Searchable by topic
Adult Epilepsy Center, Washington University St. Louis
General information, treatment options, EEG course/primer, advocacy links and more
Cranial Nerves, Yale
Components, functions, excellent diagrams
Doctor's Guide - Migraine
General Information, discussion/news groups, related links
Internet Stroke Center
Consensus statements, basic stroke science, diagnosis, managment, Stroke Trials, more.
Leiden Muscular Dystrophy
Comprehensive on genetics/inheritance, forms, diagnosis, MD links
National Headache Foundation
Fact sheets, screening and measurement tools, diaries, patient drug assistance programs, more.
Neuroscience Tutorial

Basic neuro with diagrams
Neuromuscular Disease Center - Washington University
Very comprehensive coverage disorders, evaluation, pathology images and more
Pediatric Epilepsy Center - Washington University
Seizure types, diagnosis, treatment, more links
SIU Neurology Intranet
Excellent Neuro Exam; Disease overview; Access with Siuneuro/student99
Stroke Clinic Site, SIU
Definitions, Risk factors, Treatments, Rehabilitation, Support
The Whole Brain Atlas
CT/MRI films with variety of CNS disorders


General Nutrition, Calorie Requirements
Article/Martha Ellert
Nutrient Absorption
Article/Martha Ellert, 1998
Vitamins and Minerals
Article/Martha Ellert, 1998

Obstetrics & Gynecology

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Online Journal, women's issues
CDC Reproductive Health Information Source
Articles, surveillance statistics, infant and women's health issues
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
OB/Gyn Clerkship Web Page
Handouts, cases, gyne exam overview, more


Blindness Resource Center
Information, history, resources, research, much more
Association of Vision Science Librarians - U Iowa
Very comprehensive list of links and references related to ophthalmology
Webvision - University of Utah
Better retina specific site, good overall intro with anatomy and diagrams


IBS Web Sites
Variety of links all related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Links to 100s of other sites for cases, tutorials, images on all pathology topics
Pathology Guy
Free online pathology lectures and practice exams.  The website also includes free high yield facts to review for USMLE exams.
Pimp Notes

This webstite goes right along with wikipedia style learning for med students.  Covers all subjects but is best for pathology
WebPath - University of Utah

Very comprehensive path coverage.


Family Village
Global listing of disability-related resources
GENE Tests
Information on genetic counseling, uses of genetic tests, glossary of 70+ genetic terms
United Cerebral Palsy
General Information, links to Web sites, chat sites, organizations, more.
Virtual Pediatric Hospital
Great peds rads site


Household Products Database, NLM/NIH
About everything under the kitchen sink and more, uses MSDS and other info sources
Medical Pharmacology and Disease-Based Integrated Instruction

Very similar to Goodman and Gilman but Online!
Toxic Substances & Environmental Medicine
Toxnet, Toxicology Tutor, OSHA and other sites


DSM-IV Made Easy
Full set of diagnosis criteria, 120+ patient vignettes of all adult disorders
DSM-IV Online

Click on links for DSM criteria and related discussion


Aunt Minnie
Great website for news, cases, forums for discussion.  Also good for students applying to radiology residency as people may discuss it in your interviews.
Emergency Medicine Picture Archiving and Communication System
For ER radiology.  You must sign up for a free account to access this site
Probably the best all around med student rads site.  Has cases, film/ct/mr reviews and quizes at the level med students should know
Nuclear medicine teaching files, Washington University
Unknown and diagnosed cases, searchable
Radiology teaching files, Univ. Washington
Radiology anatomy teaching modules, cases, online musculoskeletal radiology text
University of Virginia Radiology
Divided by radiology subspecialties.  Starts with modalities and anatomy through path
Virtual Pediatric Hospital
Great pediatrics radiology site


Cardiothoracic Surgery Division - SIU
Left side links to various diseases and surgical procedures
Otolaryngology - SIU

Very comprehensive resources, disease based, suitable for patients
Otolaryngology - Baylor
Core resident curriculum, includes head and neck exam
Otolaryngology, Mass General Eye & Ear
Good general information, written to patient education level of detail
Gunshot Wound to the Chest
Great overview of ballistics, energy dispersion, wound tracts
SIU Surgery Clerkship Links
Sections for almost all surgical specialties

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Updated May 18, 2009