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DON'T PANIC.

These words resonated through my mind while I was preparing for Step 2 CK and just like in the novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I wished that my CK books had these words inscribed on their covers "in large, friendly letters" just like in the electronic guide that is described in the book.

(If you have not read the aforementioned book by Douglas Adams, it is a very fun book, full of satire and humor in the format of a very badly constructed sci-fi story.)

But I digress, the purpose of this post is to tell you all about my exam prep and experience as briefly and accurately as possible (although I may forget some of the details).

I am an IMG. Length of prep was 5-6 months, started studying approximately 1-2 months after taking Step 1.
These are the materials I used in the order I used them (although there was some overlap):

1. Kaplan lecture notes and videos (old 2007 videos)
- These videos are low yield and outdated, the only ones I consider worth watching are gyn/obs and surgery. I watched them at 1.5 speed.
2. DIT (old videos, 2011 I think)
- I used DIT for step 1 and thought it was worth the boredom. On the contrary I did not find these 2011 videos too helpful or high yield to be honest. Repeating topics once again from Kaplan I think it did help, but in general I would suggest avoiding these videos altogether except for subjects you may feel weak in.
3. MTB2 and 3
- These are good. They may be overhyped a little bit and are not a panacea, however, they are an excellent companion for uworld and I think they work best if you read them before tackling uworld and then keep reviewing them while working on the qbank(s).
4. Kaplan qbank
- Low yield qbank, felt more difficult than uworld. Questions are longer and I believe they help you practice time management. I found it worthwhile though because it helped a great deal for me for time management. I would only recommend doing it BEFORE uworld and only if you have enough time for it though. Scored 68% on it, I started it subject-wise after finishing the corresponding lecture notes and videos, and then when I was done with all subjects I did it random timed.
5. Uworld qbank
- Felt relatively easy compared to Kaplan's. Did it all random timed 44 question blocks, scored 78%. Explanations are for the most part excellent, I suggest reading ALL of them regardless if you had the question right or not. I also kept a notebook where I wrote down high yield stuff from the qbank and reviewed it before the test.

For both qbanks I did 2 blocks per day back to back during the morning and then used the rest of the day for reading the explanations.

SELF ASSESSMENTS

These are key I think, they help you gauge and fine tune your prep and if you get good scores they give you a great confidence boost, don't use them to predict your score, specially for Step 2 CK, however you should be able to comfortably pass all of them (try to get a score in the 230-250 range).
I like doing them towards the end of my prep after I have covered almost all of the material and have the qbanks nearly finished. These are the ones I used:

KapSim Test 1: 71% (I don't remember exactly when I did it, I was maybe halfway through uworld)

NBME 6: 254 (1 month before the test)

NBME 7: 248 (9 days before the test)

UWSA: 265 (2 weeks before the test)

FRED (free 150): 90-something percent (2-3 days before the test).

Real score: 265!

Towards the end of my prep I read the subjects I felt weak in MTB 3, I thought it was helpful somewhat. I also did like 3 or 4 blocks of wrong questions in uworld but that was it, I am not a fan of doing qbanks over and over.

Exam Day:

Blocks 1-3 I felt good, similar to uworld but with weird questions every now and then.
Blocks 4-5 were awful, felt quite difficult and broke my confidence a little bit.
Block 6 was better, but was still trying to recover from blocks 4 and 5.
Blocks 7-8 were a mixture of easy and tough questions. I think I missed a couple of "easy" ones on these blocks.

I only got 1 abstract and no drug ads, I think it was in block 7, I left it for the end with 8 mins. left. Always do ads and abstracts after answering all of the other questions in the block. The abstract was difficult for me, probably got it all wrong.

Exam day went kind of in a blur, I was almost in automatic mode. Try to be careful when reading questions and do not linger on any for more than 1-1.5 minutes. Overall I think I was able to review half of my marked questions because for most blocks I only had on average 5 minutes to spare, even less in some.

Do not worry if you are not able to review all of your marked! I also tend to mark a lot of them.

As you can see I used the same sources as everyone else in these and other forums.
I believe thhere is no "secret" source or formula for scoring good on this test, I do believe however that hard work pays off. I came out of the test with a bad feeling, which I shouldn't because I knew I did my best, but you know how our mind can play tricks with ourselves.
I also made the mistake of comparing my feeling to the one I had for step 1, however I suggest you to not do that. They are two very different tests and should be treated as such, even if step 2 does build upon the knowledge of step 1.

Exam felt tough but at the same time doable for the most part, topics felt familiar although sometimes asked in unfamiliar ways, do not let this throw you off, just keep going.

Trust in your preparation and most of all in yourself!

Hope this helps someone, somewhere, in this floating rock we call Earth.

Sincerely,

Fibroblast

PS: Feel free to ask anything, I will do my best to answer questions for the next few weeks.
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First of all, congratulations for such a great score.

Did you stArt doing UW only after completing kaplan notes and q bank?
After how long after completing uw did you take your test?
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Congrats on your brilliant score. Im halfway through uworld at the moment and i was wondering how was biostats in the exam? I recently gave step 1 and the questions in uworld up till now are relatively easy compared to step 1. Is a quick revision of step 1 first aid biostat chapter enough?
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hey congrats on the test man.

my question is about DIT...as a quick revision in like a 10-15 day span,would doing just the workbook/handbook(not the videos) be a good idea,or doing questions + mtbs in that time be a better way to go?
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First of all, congratulations for such a great score.

Did you stArt doing UW only after completing kaplan notes and q bank?
After how long after completing uw did you take your test?
Yes I started uword after Kaplan notes and qbank. I finished uworld 2 weeks before the test
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Congrats on your brilliant score. Im halfway through uworld at the moment and i was wondering how was biostats in the exam? I recently gave step 1 and the questions in uworld up till now are relatively easy compared to step 1. Is a quick revision of step 1 first aid biostat chapter enough?
I think a quick review of FA biostats is enough if your step 1 biostats prep was solid and recent. As for the test I don't think it is heavily tested, and in a way it is more conceptual (I don't remember doing a single calculation, as opposed to step 1 where I got a bunch of ORs). For the people who feel weak in biostats I have read that uworld biostats may be worth doing, I have never done it but maybe someone else can comment on that.
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hey congrats on the test man.

my question is about DIT...as a quick revision in like a 10-15 day span,would doing just the workbook/handbook(not the videos) be a good idea,or doing questions + mtbs in that time be a better way to go?
thanks.
I think DIT works best with the videos. If you feel you may benefit from a quick but thorough review of everything do them but only if you've got time to spare (if you can get the newer videos it would be better). If you are short on time questions are the way to go, I think I should have stressed this more on my post, the more questions you do the better. Always prioritize doing questions! Again it is all about how much time you've got. If you are short on time a quick read of MTB and then tackling uworld is the way to go. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for your reply. Thats the same trend im seeing in uworld. Very few calculations. Yay!
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Wow only one abstract and no drug add....i wish i had my test like that , i had like 30 questions from abstracts and drug adds

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Wow only one abstract and no drug add....i wish i had my test like that , i had like 30 questions from abstracts and drug adds

congrats on the great score
Wow, 30 abstract questions and ads? that is a lot. I went into the test expecting 1-2 abstracts and 1-2 drug ads, I guess I was lucky I only got 1 abstract. You'll get a good score, no worries man!
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Hi Fibroblast! first of all many congrats on your wonderful score. I just got my result and failed.. I prepared from uworld, Kaplan notes and mtb 2, watced a lot of videos to buildup concepts. Put all efforts and ample amount of time to my studies. I don't know where I am missing. I couldn't score good on nbmes either but had to appear for the exam anyways so I did.

I was wondering should I add some other sources to my study plan like tiki taka notes or first aid. Have you tried them ?

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I think DIT works best with the videos. If you feel you may benefit from a quick but thorough review of everything do them but only if you've got time to spare (if you can get the newer videos it would be better). If you are short on time questions are the way to go, I think I should have stressed this more on my post, the more questions you do the better. Always prioritize doing questions! Again it is all about how much time you've got. If you are short on time a quick read of MTB and then tackling uworld is the way to go. Hope this helps.


hey thanks for the reply man,i appreciate it....is 90 days from test day enough time?
ive done about half of uworld (1st round) and the questions are going so slow....the only reason i mentioned doing DIT workbook is cause i remember for step 1 it helped me improve my memory of the high yield facts cause its consolidated and gave me structure in terms of studying,but yeah i get what you're saying about questions.

Another question for you,if i may - should i do the 20 comprehensive cases by conrad fisher instead of DIT maybe?
i dont feel secure enough just reading mtb as a revision for some reason,and my mind drifts when reading from a book.

Anyway,thanks and enjoy the lack of anxiety now that your exam is over,good luck.
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Hi Fibroblast! first of all many congrats on your wonderful score. I just got my result and failed.. I prepared from uworld, Kaplan notes and mtb 2, watced a lot of videos to buildup concepts. Put all efforts and ample amount of time to my studies. I don't know where I am missing. I couldn't score good on nbmes either but had to appear for the exam anyways so I did.

I was wondering should I add some other sources to my study plan like tiki taka notes or first aid. Have you tried them ?

Thanks
I am very sorry to hear that ridaali, but I am glad to see that you are not giving up! I really can't comment on tiki taka or FA, I did not use them, but it may be worth giving them a try. Look at your score report and pay special attention to your weakest subjects, use this experience to fine tune your prep. Consider this time doing another qbank like Kaplan and make sure you read every explanation. Repetition is helpful, consider doing DIT this time and work on your exam technique, did you leave questions unanswered? are you easily confused by the distractors? Was time an issue? Work on this kind of stuff as well!

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hey thanks for the reply man,i appreciate it....is 90 days from test day enough time?
ive done about half of uworld (1st round) and the questions are going so slow....the only reason i mentioned doing DIT workbook is cause i remember for step 1 it helped me improve my memory of the high yield facts cause its consolidated and gave me structure in terms of studying,but yeah i get what you're saying about questions.

Another question for you,if i may - should i do the 20 comprehensive cases by conrad fisher instead of DIT maybe?
i dont feel secure enough just reading mtb as a revision for some reason,and my mind drifts when reading from a book.

Anyway,thanks and enjoy the lack of anxiety now that your exam is over,good luck.
I think 90 days is more than enough to finish uworld thoroughly, doing self assessments and maybe giving DIT or 20 cases a try. I wanted to do 20 cases but I ran short on time and only watched the first case. I think it is a good add on for your prep but I don't think it replaces MTB. I know it is hard to stay focused but try your best to read all of MTB2 at least once, I know it is tough but just plow through it you'll see the results as you answer the qbank. If you cannot read MTB then keep doing the qbank, do the 20 cases or DIT and keep some notes from the qbank, just the act of writing down stuff is helpful to jog your memory. Hope this helps!
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I am very sorry to hear that ridaali, but I am glad to see that you are not giving up! I really can't comment on tiki taka or FA, I did not use them, but it may be worth giving them a try. Look at your score report and pay special attention to your weakest subjects, use this experience to fine tune your prep. Consider this time doing another qbank like Kaplan and make sure you read every explanation. Repetition is helpful, consider doing DIT this time and work on your exam technique, did you leave questions unanswered? are you easily confused by the distractors? Was time an issue? Work on this kind of stuff as well!
Thanks so much for the reply. Just wanted to have an idea about DIT. How long it can take me to go thru it and how much do I have to spend for it?
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Thanks so much for the reply. Just wanted to have an idea about DIT. How long it can take me to go thru it and how much do I have to spend for it?
It all depends on how fast you want to do it, but you can do it I think in 15 days or even less if you want. As for prices I am not sure, check their webpage but I think they are around 700-800 bucks.
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It all depends on how fast you want to do it, but you can do it I think in 15 days or even less if you want. As for prices I am not sure, check their webpage but I think they are around 700-800 bucks.
If you had to choose one thing between DIT and Kaplan videos, what would you go for?
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I think 90 days is more than enough to finish uworld thoroughly, doing self assessments and maybe giving DIT or 20 cases a try. I wanted to do 20 cases but I ran short on time and only watched the first case. I think it is a good add on for your prep but I don't think it replaces MTB. I know it is hard to stay focused but try your best to read all of MTB2 at least once, I know it is tough but just plow through it you'll see the results as you answer the qbank. If you cannot read MTB then keep doing the qbank, do the 20 cases or DIT and keep some notes from the qbank, just the act of writing down stuff is helpful to jog your memory. Hope this helps!
thanks a lot for your diligent replies man,yeah im currently going through mtb and doing questions simultaneously.thanks for the tips,i will use them.good luck.
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If you had to choose one thing between DIT and Kaplan videos, what would you go for?
This is a tough one. I think I would probably go with DIT since you are already familiar with the material tested in CK. DIT is very condensed and their newer videos are probably good. I would suggest you ask someone who has watched the most recent videos and see what they think (since I watched some old ones). I don't know if Kaplan has updated their step 2 ck videos as well, but Kaplan is time consuming and in your case I think they won't be very high yield and they are more expensive than DIT.
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This is a tough one. I think I would probably go with DIT since you are already familiar with the material tested in CK. DIT is very condensed and their newer videos are probably good. I would suggest you ask someone who has watched the most recent videos and see what they think (since I watched some old ones). I don't know if Kaplan has updated their step 2 ck videos as well, but Kaplan is time consuming and in your case I think they won't be very high yield and they are more expensive than DIT.
Thanks so much for replying in such detail. Right now I am feeling really bad about my failure but still trying to recharge myself for another attempt. People like you who set an example for others and are always there to help them with their suggestions are a great factor to keep me motivated.

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Thanks so much for replying in such detail. Right now I am feeling really bad about my failure but still trying to recharge myself for another attempt. People like you who set an example for others and are always there to help them with their suggestions are a great factor to keep me motivated.

Thanks again for being so thoughtful for others who you even don't know
No problem, don't lose track of the important thing which is to become a good physician, these exams in the end mean nothing unless you become a professional and caring doctor, doesn't matter when, how or where. Glad I could be of some help!
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Congrats on d superb score! I needed some advice. I recently gave my step 1. Still waiting for d score..But i want to give CK by Mid May. So I started with Kaplan Medicine, i have the old videos, and somehow I get the feeling that mayb dats not the best use of my remaining time which is hardly 4 months. Which study material do u think I should focus on and in which order to maximise my scores? Do u think skipping those kaplan videos and just going thru d text is a good idea? I would really appreciate ur opinion.
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Congrats on d superb score! I needed some advice. I recently gave my step 1. Still waiting for d score..But i want to give CK by Mid May. So I started with Kaplan Medicine, i have the old videos, and somehow I get the feeling that mayb dats not the best use of my remaining time which is hardly 4 months. Which study material do u think I should focus on and in which order to maximise my scores? Do u think skipping those kaplan videos and just going thru d text is a good idea? I would really appreciate ur opinion.
Yeah I would say skip the videos, the only ones I thought they were worthwhile were the ob-gyn and maybe surgery (because the surgery book is basically just cases). Questions should be your top priority you may even skip Kaplan altogether and give MTB a quick read and start with uworld. The more questions you do the better, I did Kaplan qbank not very high yield and somewhat annoying but overall if you have the time I think it may be worthwhile if you cand do it before uworld
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The more questions you do the better, I did Kaplan qbank not very high yield and somewhat annoying but overall if you have the time I think it may be worthwhile if you cand do it before uworld

Did you find any specific sections of qbank to be especially helpful?
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Yeah I would say skip the videos, the only ones I thought they were worthwhile were the ob-gyn and maybe surgery (because the surgery book is basically just cases). Questions should be your top priority you may even skip Kaplan altogether and give MTB a quick read and start with uworld. The more questions you do the better, I did Kaplan qbank not very high yield and somewhat annoying but overall if you have the time I think it may be worthwhile if you cand do it before uworld
Thanks. I think I might start with the mtb then. Do I have to do both mtb2 and 3? I heard that new edition might b coming up. Which one is the latest? And how long does it take to do uworld roughly?
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Hey Congratulations !! I remember you aced the Step 1 just like Step 2 as well.. (:

So i just wanted to know did u feel that IM was heavily tested?
And did u do any other book besides MTB 2 & Kap for IM?

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So i just wanted to know did u feel that IM was heavily tested?
And did u do any other book besides MTB 2 & Kap for IM?

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Thaks faith, I remember you from the step 1 posts as well! Other than IM of course I thought ob/gyn and psychiatry were heavily tested. However I think in general uworld is good for preparing for these.
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Thanks. I think I might start with the mtb then. Do I have to do both mtb2 and 3? I heard that new edition might b coming up. Which one is the latest? And how long does it take to do uworld roughly?
If you do 2 blocks per day you can finish uworld in a month. I read all of mtb2 and mtb3 except IM. I really don't know much about the new edition which I think it is only for mtb3 but if you already have the previous edition I wouldn't bother with it.
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That is really hard to say. I think all of uworld qbank is useful and everyone should aim to go through it completely and thoroughly!
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Thaks faith, I remember you from the step 1 posts as well! Other than IM of course I thought ob/gyn and psychiatry were heavily tested. However I think in general uworld is good for preparing for these.
okay thanks.. & wht about my 2nd ques?? did u do any other book for IM? I apologize if u have already answered this ques in previous posts :/
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okay thanks.. & wht about my 2nd ques?? did u do any other book for IM? I apologize if u have already answered this ques in previous posts :/
I only studied from MTB 2 and 3 and read Kaplan LNs once.
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That is really hard to say. I think all of uworld qbank is useful and everyone should aim to go through it completely and thoroughly!
Sorry, I mean kaplan qbank.

I don't think I'll be able to go through all of itů so I was wondering if you found a particular section(s) to be really helpful. Perhaps something that UW wasn't quite thorough enough with?
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Sorry, I mean kaplan qbank.

I don't think I'll be able to go through all of itů so I was wondering if you found a particular section(s) to be really helpful. Perhaps something that UW wasn't quite thorough enough with?
Ok I see, well I think kaplan qbank could be used for your weak subjects in order to boost your performance in those areas. I think ob/gyn in kaplan was higher yield as well as psych maybe. It is really hard to tell for me, but again I think it could be used to boost your problem subjects if you are running short on time.
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Hi Fibroblast,Congrats.
My ques is,i usually do UW block 10 min earlier.do u think this speed is enough?As i dont want to do kaplan Qbank.
Another ques is how heavily peadiatrics tested? I m really bad on it.
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Hi Fibroblast,Congrats.
My ques is,i usually do UW block 10 min earlier.do u think this speed is enough?As i dont want to do kaplan Qbank.
Another ques is how heavily peadiatrics tested? I m really bad on it.
I think 10 mins. is really good, on the test you will probably get a little less time I suppose but you should be totally fine. I did not feel pediatrics was that heavily tested, I felt IM, ob/gyn and psychiatry were higher yield, but remember every test is randomly generated and this is probably my subjective experience. I would say to feel comfortable on ALL areas, don't take the test if you are still weak in one!
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Thank you very much for your kind advice.
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Congrates on this brilliant score. I must say this thread has been really helpful for us. Can you please share how did you prepare for psych and biostat part? I think going through kap videos for step 1 would be great. But should I go through kln (step 2) also? Does it worth it?
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Congrates on this brilliant score. I must say this thread has been really helpful for us. Can you please share how did you prepare for psych and biostat part? I think going through kap videos for step 1 would be great. But should I go through kln (step 2) also? Does it worth it?
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Thanks, glad to be of some help. The step 1 kaplan videos for behavioral and psych are great, much better than the ones for step 2, the lecture notes are also superior in my opinion. For biostats I relied on my step 1 prep (I used kaplan videos and notes) and did a quick review of FA biostats before the test. For psych I think MTB 2 and 3 + the qbanks are more than enough. I would say not to waste time on kaplan psych notes and biostats, use the ones from step 1 only if you've got the time for them otherwise go with FA + MTB + qbanks for psych and biostats I think they cover everything pretty good.
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Hi fibroblast, Congrats on your amazing score!!

Its been a while since I have taken my step 1, can you suggest which areas are tested in CK, I mean which areas I should review from step 1?

Did you do any lectures for IM? Will it be ok if I skip the videos except for Ob-Gyn and some IM may be?? Are peds videos necessary?
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Hi fibroblast, Congrats on your amazing score!!

Its been a while since I have taken my step 1, can you suggest which areas are tested in CK, I mean which areas I should review from step 1?

Did you do any lectures for IM? Will it be ok if I skip the videos except for Ob-Gyn and some IM may be?? Are peds videos necessary?
Thank you drglo, I think you can totally skip the peds videos. Ob-gyn were useful for me because I was somewhat weak on it. IM was not very high yield maybe watch some topics you may feel the need to work on.
As for step 1 stuff from what I remember from the test there were not many step 1 questions. Someone posted this a while back (I've attached it to the post), I did not go through all of the list but it may be helpful for people in your situation. I went through the biostats part of FA and the immunodeficiencies tables but that was pretty much it for me as far as step 1 stuff goes. Best of luck!
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Hey wanted to ask another question. Regarding gyne, were the questions similar to uworld or were the uworld ones easier? im finding the uworld ones really easy :/ Also my weakness in IM seems to be cardio and i was wondering if you have any advice on improving it. Thanks in advance
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Hey wanted to ask another question. Regarding gyne, were the questions similar to uworld or were the uworld ones easier? im finding the uworld ones really easy :/ Also my weakness in IM seems to be cardio and i was wondering if you have any advice on improving it. Thanks in advance
I think gyn questions may have been a bit more similar to Kaplan's now that I think of it buy I still think uworld is good prep, Kaplan lecture notes are also quite good for OB/GYN. If you feel weak on cardio you may consider Kaplan lecture notes, MTB 3 (as extra review from MTB 2, it's almost the same info but with different wording which may help you) and the cardio cases from Conrad Fischer's 20 cases. There's also the High Yield Kaplan videos which go with MTB, I did not use them but may be worth checking out to cover your weak areas.
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Fibroblast CONGRATS on that awesome score!!
thanks for answering all these questions I feel that its one of the few posts of testtakers that are really helping us with the tons of questions we have

please I would like to know about images in step2ck:
could you please mention what kind of images were more heavy (cts/mris, derma, )?
would you say there were less images than step1 or same?
and would you suggest looking at CTS/MRIS on the web before test will be helpful or the images from uworld are ENOUGH?

thanks and really appreciate your time taking to answer.
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Fibroblast CONGRATS on that awesome score!!
thanks for answering all these questions I feel that its one of the few posts of testtakers that are really helping us with the tons of questions we have

please I would like to know about images in step2ck:
could you please mention what kind of images were more heavy (cts/mris, derma, )?
would you say there were less images than step1 or same?
and would you suggest looking at CTS/MRIS on the web before test will be helpful or the images from uworld are ENOUGH?

thanks and really appreciate your time taking to answer.
Hey drpisho, glad to hear the post has been helpful. I don't think you should worry too much about images, I don't think CK expects us to be radiologists, however, you should be comfortable looking at chest x-rays and abdominal CTs. I think I got a couple o derm images maybe 3, there was even a gyn-uro image. Most were pretty easy, they may try to throw you off with a weird chest x-ray but that is pretty much it. For images I think uworld is enough, I would recommend though while you are studying (specially derm stuff) to google what the disease looks like if you have never seen it or have no idea.
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Hey congrats fibroblast. U kiled it man. I hava few q
1. How much do u think kaplan notes helped u?
2. I hav read surgery and obs gyne notes once but feel like dont remember anythin. Would u suggest revising the kaplan notes again or should i just move on to MTBs?
3. How much are the 'guidelines' stresed on the exam? There is so much hype about it. And i hear kaplan and mtb books are outdated in terms of treatment and guidelines.
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Hey congrats fibroblast. U kiled it man. I hava few q
1. How much do u think kaplan notes helped u?
2. I hav read surgery and obs gyne notes once but feel like dont remember anythin. Would u suggest revising the kaplan notes again or should i just move on to MTBs?
3. How much are the 'guidelines' stresed on the exam? There is so much hype about it. And i hear kaplan and mtb books are outdated in terms of treatment and guidelines.
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Thanks slacker.mle. It is hard to assess how much kaplan helped me (on the contrary for step 1 I thought kaplan was key), looking back I think gyn/obs and surgery were the highest yield for me. I felt I could have probably skipped going over them and reduced my study time, but it is still hard to tell.
The guidelines question is a good one, uworld is very much up to date I think in this matter. Make sure you know the breast cancer and HPV guidelines, those in my opinion can be high yield. I wrote down the algorithms from uworld and reviewed those. Other than that I think the preventive medicine chapters on MTB were still kind of useful, at least to get a general idea of what the guidelines are all about. Uworld is also good for this even though there are few questions on the qbank make sure you go over them thoroughly whenever you run into a preventive med question on uworld.
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congratulations Fibroblast...amazing score.

I have tried one video of surgery...but didn't like it, it's like he's reading the vignettes! Do you think i should give a try to the following videos??? though i have read the notes & did MTB2/3 !!

Regarding kaplan qbank! how much time it needs to finish it?

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congratulations Fibroblast...amazing score.

I have tried one video of surgery...but didn't like it, it's like he's reading the vignettes! Do you think i should give a try to the following videos??? though i have read the notes & did MTB2/3 !!

Regarding kaplan qbank! how much time it needs to finish it?

Thank you
You can skip the videos then, I thought the notes were good but this may vary from person to person. If you have already read the notes and MTB I think that is more than then enough, you should be ready to tackle the qbanks an the test itself. Kaplan qbank should take you 1-1.5 months if you do 2 blocks everyday Monday to Saturday (I always rested Sundays unless I felt I was running behind schedule). Hope this helps!

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