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Default My Step 2 CK experience. A bastion of light for you all. From a 175 to a 220

Hello everyone. Thought I should give back to this forum. I would first like to start out by saying, excuse my language, F*** ALL THE HATERS. There I go, I said it. First things first, do not let anyone steer you from achieving your dreams. So I began studying for Step 2 CK 10 months ago, yes 10 months ago. I was told I couldn't do it, and its a very tough exam. Yes, it is tough, but very doable. My target score was a minimum of a 220, so this is what I did. I shunned out all of the negative people out of my life and stopped caring what others had to say. I did my own thing. Here is my story.

I began with Kaplan lecture notes. I read them twice, and mind you, I don't think I retained anything from it. I took my first NBME after two reads of them, and my score? 175. I was demolished. Didn't even break 203. Okay fine. I told myself let me try it again. I read MTB 4x, then took another NBME. 193. Okay, fine, improvement, still didn't pass. I told myself to keep going.

I began with UW. I was getting 30% in the beginning. Yeah, you heard it right 30%. I told myself I'm getting smoked by questions but it's okay, its a learning experience. I finished the Qbank first pass with a 50%. Then I decided to change my study tactic. So what did I do?

I went back from the first block and began to type up every explanation word for word, sentence for sentence, letter by letter. My final document was 800+ pages. Yes you heard that right. I compiled a book out of UW, an 800+ page book that was better than any other book that I read. I then switched from Kaplan MTB to a program called Doctors in Training. By far, it was the most epic program I have ever used. So continuing on...I reset my qbank and the questions a second time, my average a 74%. I then took another NBME, and I got a 213. I was happy that I made progress and I made the 209 passing mark. After that I reread my document a third time and then a fourth time. Took the UWSA 2 days before my exam, and I got a 230. The night before my exam I got a very nasty sinus infection and ended up going to the ER because I couldn't breathe through my nose. I told the ER doc the next step to give me some sudafed and he said you seem to have extensive medical knowledge and I told him I have step 2 CK tomorrow. He gave me the sudafed and then I went home. I woke up the day of my exam without any air coming into my nostrils. I was about to call prometric and cancel the exam out of anger but my mother told me to take the test, you are ready, after 10 months of hibernation. I went into my exam with 2 red bulls and 2 sudafed pills, had no nose, and took the entire monster with a sinus infection. I waited 3 weeks for the result, and finally, I opened it up and I got a 220, the same exact score as my step 1. All in all, the moral of the story, FORGET what everyone says, stop worrying about matching and focus on your studies. THESE ARE CALLED STEPS, take them one STEP at a time. I am glad that I am alive, and I have my health and my family and friends. I was at the point where I told myself, F*** residency, F*** everything, I need to be happy. Money doesn't buy happiness, and the fact that I was not in a good financial situation made me work harder than ever before. I now look back at it, and I have to say thank god I am alive. For all you future doctors out there, my two cents is this, there are people who get 1 interview and match, and there are people with 10 interviews who do not match. You cannot shoot yourself in the foot and wallow in self-pity if you don't match. If becoming a doctor doesn't work out, there is always something else to do with your life. Be real with yourself, be rational, and never give up. And this is a special message to all you people who tell others they have bad chances of matching, you all need to get laid and have some sex. Sounds like a case sexual hypertension. I was told by my school councilor I wouldn't break 200 with my NBME scores, and well, he definitely felt like a retard after seeing my score report.

Total Study prep: 10 months

Materials used:
Step up to medicine: 4x
Doctors in training: 4x
Kaplan lecture notes: 2x
MTB: 4x
USMLE step 2 secrets: 4x
1st time pass: 50%
2nd time pass: 74%
3rd time pass: 80%
4th time pass: 82%

NBME 2:4 months out 175
NBME 4: 3 months out 193
NBME 6: 2 months out 213
UWSA: 2 days out 230
Real deal: 220

There are people I know who had attempts and matched, so do not be scared, the best thing you can do is give it your best shot. Even if it takes 10 years to get a damn residency spot, stick at it, don't wallow in self pity, whatever you do, you only have one life to live, its not worth destroying yourselves inside out. It's just a test, and life doesn't always go the way we expect it. Look at me, I'm broke and I'm probably one of the happiest people you'll ever meet. Remember, you are your first patient. On that note, stay grinding everyone, and if you run into anyone with sexual hypertension and those who havent gotten laid in awhile, avoid them. I hated working with a lot of doctors in the hospital because it sounded like they have something up their a**. Our society breeds us like machines, to have no compassion, to sympathy or empathy for others. I am here to tell you, to keep trying. Fools give up, fighters still continue on. Just be grateful you all have a pulse and are AAOx3. I wouldn't trade that for the world. On that note, continue the quest to slay the dragon!
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