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Question How important is Step 1 knowledge for Step 2 CK Prep?

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I have not taken step 1 yet but I was wondering does step 2 CK has strong relation to step 1. I mean does it differ how much u prepared for step 1 on your study for step 2 and the period it takes to prepare ??????
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Arrow Step1: basic principles, Step2: diagnosis and management

Well, it's different for you because this is your first step experience. Most of the people preparing for ck already wrote step 1, so, the time it takes to study is shorter than step 1. But in your case, it will take a little longer for the same reason.

The main difference among both exams is that step 1 is focused on basic principles of health and diseases, and step 2 is mostly focused on diagnosis and management (although you can see step2 q's in step1 exam and step1 q's in step2exam). Also step 1 has more important facts to understand principles, even when those diseases are not common worldwide, and there are more "keywords" and step 2 you will find diseases that are more common but not many keywords, lots of distractors, and also you can find a disease with NO easy associated risk factor (e.g. a hispanic kid with cystic fibrosis -instead of Caucasian-, or an elderly man with multiple sclerosis -instead of a 20-40YO woman-), because, in medicine, 2+2 is not always 4

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Step 1 and Step 2 CK are closely related and intermingled. You cannot understand clinical aspects of diseases unless you know the pathophysiology and likewise you cannot fully understand the basics of diseases unless you have some knowledge of their clinical presentation and applications.

Therefore, your review books/lectures/profs should always link you out to related knowledge from the other step. For example, a good way of approaching Step 1 topics is by having an idea on how they present clinically (CK knowledge) and vice versa, a good CK book should always mention some pathophysiology backgrounds.

I personally think, that doing Step 1 first is better because most Step 1 books, lectures, and courses assume that you have not done CK and therefore they always fortify their basic topic with some clinical information but Step 2 CK books usually assume that you have done Step 1 and therefore they don't usually give enough pathophysiology content and therefore doing Step 1 first and then CK might sounds logical.

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