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Boards & Beyond: Getting Started

What Is Boards & Beyond?

Boards & Beyond ( from McGraw Hill Medical supports medical students with on-demand video libraries and question banks designed to build a solid foundation of understanding that goes beyond memorization. Students in the US and around the globe use Boards & Beyond subscriptions to supplement their classes and prepare for board exams, core clerkships, and successful careers.

Boards & Beyond Content is designed and taught by Dr. Jason Ryan, an award-winning educator with years of experience teaching students. Dr. Ryan has created videos filled with insights that will maximize your understanding. The content is clear, concise, and easy to understand. The videos are updated throughout the year in order to cover the newest drugs, mechanisms, and science.

Step 1-Preclinical provides an online virtual curriculum to supplement your M1 and M2 coursework and build your foundation in all pre-clinical subjects. Instead of buzzwords and mnemonics, we emphasize understanding of the basic and clinical sciences, so you can study smarter for success in medical school and on board exams. As a member, you will have access to more than 440 videos and more than 2300 USMLE-style questions, as well as progress tracking, custom quizzes and playlists, and slide PDFs. 

If you are preparing for Step 1, you can use Boards & Beyond with the confidence of an “A” rating from First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. Many students annotate in First Aid as they watch, using the page references listed with each video to follow along. 

Step 2-3-Clinical expands your foundation into clinical topics, including in-depth discussions of diagnosis and treatment that will help you excel during clinical rotations and on the USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 3 exams. Dr. Ryan helps you understand the connections between the mechanisms you studied before and the treatment decisions you will make as a doctor. As a member, you will have access to more than 260 videos and more than 1300 USMLE-style questions, as well as progress tracking, custom quizzes and playlists, and slide PDFs.

Visit the Boards & Beyond support page on the Access User Center for helpful user resources, including user videos, guides, and marketing materials. Also, check out the McGraw Hill announcement page for news about this exciting acquisition, as well as additional product information.

Note: You may need to connect to your institution's subscription for access to the resources in this LibGuide.

User Guides

The Boards & Beyond User Guides walk group admin users through the faculty tools step-by-step, including information outlining the navigation, resources, and tools for creating and sharing quiz and video playlist assignments, sending messages, managing invitations, and more. Select the PDF documents below to download the user guides.


Webinar Series

  • General Overview Webinars:
    • Sign up to attend an upcoming webinar. The session provides an overview of site features and available content.
  • Archived Webinars:
    • Browse our list of past webinars and register to view a recorded session. 

To request live custom training for your institution, email Customer Success at

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Contact Us

For help, please reach out to Customer Success at McGraw Hill at

For institutional accounts:

  • Please reach out to Customer Success for help with a technical issue, an existing institutional subscription, a trial subscription, marketing materials, setting up a training session and more.

For individual subscribers:

  • For help with an individual subscription, please email Online Customer service ( between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. You may also call 1-888-307-5984 (toll free within the United States).


How to Use Step 1 Pre-Clinical

Dr. Jason Ryan wrote this article on how to use the Step 1 Pre-Clinical product on Boards & Beyond to help answer questions his students often ask. Whether you are studying for class or preparing for a board exam, you are sure to find something encouraging and useful.

Useful Resources

Check out the links below for additional useful resources and tools for engaging with Boards & Beyond, including: