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Old 10-12-2014
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Preparation time of around 2 months properly.

Books referred to
Kaplan Notes and Videos
MTB 2 (Master the Boards)
MTB 3
20 cases videos by Conrad Fischer
Flashcards by Conrad Fischer


Now my method of studying was like this. Initially tried watching the Kaplan videos the same way I watched it for Step 1 using 3X speed, but this time I did not repeat the mistake of marking in Kaplan textbooks, but marked them in MTB directly since they generally are the same.

There is a lot of confusion on what to read for Step 2. I would say the following. For all internal medicine stuff MTB 2 and all other subjects MTB 3. This is what I did regarding the 2 books and how to read them. Say at the moment I am reading an IM related topic, my base book would be MTB 2. I would quickly go through the book and later quickly scan through MTB 3 and see if there is anything extra or if it the same. If I found anything interesting or better explained in the MTB 3 I would copy it into the base book or make a reference in MTB 2 that the particular topic was well explained in MTB 3. So this way covered both books simultaneously and learned new stuff if any. I know it sounds a bit tedious but you might as well slog now than cry later.

Towards the end of the study period I would recommend using the flash cards. If you can't, then recommend at least Fischer's 20 cases. You will definitely remember them during the exams since they are funny and very graphically explained. I did not give any NBME’s so don't ask me about it. I only gave a UWSA and got a score of 238.

Regarding USMLE world utilization, I would advise this while studying MARK QUESTIONS that you feel is too much to remember or write down in the book, no matter whether you got it right or wrong, so that towards the end prior to your exam, you can do ONLY those MARKED questions and nothing else. Because in the end it comes down to how many times you have done USMLE world and how much you can remember and how quickly.

Finally at times you might feel you are ill prepared for the exam since you just heard someone give some long convoluted explanation for something which you have a simple way to understand, follow your method because it way more easier to remember and reproduce at the exam. I mean some person I studied with knew all the anti-arrhythmics and which class they belonged to. I naturally started panicking that I have no clue about that. I just knew adenosine or some drug was used for the problem and that was the end of it. He even explained the idea behind it, but now that I look back it though it made me wiser it did not help me in any way for boosting my confidence or score since if you the basic jist of why something is done it should be enough.

Lastly please don't think you don't know anything and that you will mess up, trust me you won't. Taking my own case let me tell you that I even wanted to delay my exam or so to say drop the entire year and prepare for the exam later. But my mom firmly told me if I delay this exam she will not be sponsoring the rescheduling fee and that was just 2 weeks prior, so imagine my plight then. She happily even states that she has full confidence that I will get a good score. I tried convincing her otherwise but to no avail.

Finally when doomsday arrived I only thought I would be flunking but by the grace of god and of course my parent’s prayers got a decent score of 242. Not too bad I must say at least for the effort that I put just happy it a decent scoreJ

This was in short my study method. I owe my scores to god definitely and so also to my parents and friends for praying for me.

The original post is from my blog neilnf.blogspot.com
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Old 10-13-2014
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ur experience is very encouraging
thanks a lot for sharing it.
must say read ur blog just now nd i have already book marked it will need to go through it thoroughly.
if u could help me with the link for 20 cases videos will be obliged.
thanks a lot.
all the best
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Hey thanks for the compliment.

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ur experience is very encouraging
thanks a lot for sharing it.
must say read ur blog just now nd i have already book marked it will need to go through it thoroughly.
if u could help me with the link for 20 cases videos will be obliged.
thanks a lot.
all the best
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Hi ,
Very interesting post and appreciated .

Questions:

1.Did you read Kaplan S 2 CK notes or only MTB 2 & 3 ?
2.Did you do Kaplan q bank ?

3.How many times did you do UW q bank ?

4.Did you use flesh cards from Dr CF? or only the 20 cases ?

I have 3 months to the exam .
Any advise ?
Thanks a lot.
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1.Did you read Kaplan S 2 CK notes or only MTB 2 & 3 ?
Kaplan notes just quickly went through..

2.Did you do Kaplan q bank ?
Tried reading it.. did not do IM.. the rest went through a bit...

3.How many times did you do UW q bank ?
2 times maybe.. dont remember exactly

4.Did you use flesh cards from Dr CF? or only the 20 cases ?
Videos definitely did.. the flash cards in bits and pieces..
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Congratulations. Your experience is refreshingly different to most who post and say they covered MTB 7 times etc. Were you fresh off step 1??
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Hehe.. thanks a lot. I shall take it as a compliment..

to the question was I fresh off step 1?? You can say a period of 2 months in between hunting electives and preparing for CS. Had actually posted regarding my CS experience too.. but guess it is awaiting moderation I have written about the other steps here : neilnf.blogspot.com
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Hi! Thanks for sharing! Im doung the same thing as you. By the way, what is your step 1 score. I hope you dont mind sharing that here. Ty!
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congrats Good score mate

can you answer my Concern please?.

i planned to take Ck after step-1 but ,could not
now taking ck after 7 months of gap..

Did anything appear from step-1 , (example, occuloglandular syndrom due to bartonella LOL) its been a while since step-1
did such questions appear
OR UW & MTB were enough
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you did kaplan notes as well as mtb as well as uw .. all in 2 months????
how......


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1.Did you read Kaplan S 2 CK notes or only MTB 2 & 3 ?
Kaplan notes just quickly went through..

2.Did you do Kaplan q bank ?
Tried reading it.. did not do IM.. the rest went through a bit...

3.How many times did you do UW q bank ?
2 times maybe.. dont remember exactly

4.Did you use flesh cards from Dr CF? or only the 20 cases ?
Videos definitely did.. the flash cards in bits and pieces..
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congratulations...

How you managed doing all these in 2 months?

Do you think doing kaplan notes/videos is a must? or can i stick to MTB2/3???

Thank you.
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