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Old 01-09-2012
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Hi guys,

I know that this forum is generally for CK exam but I'm going to pass both US and Canadian medical boards. At first I intend to pass MCCEE so is there any opinion which study material is more suitable for these exams.

I will really appreciate it if you could share your experiance !!!
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i have heard people doing ck first n then using that prep to go n do the is supposedly prepare u for that u can use the kaplan n mtb ...then after ck u can try usingthe toronto notes and the canada bank n go for mccee
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I’ve written both and though I haven’t gotten my results yet, I can say that the Canadian exam was WAY EASIER in absolutely every respect.

The MCCEE exam is four hours long, but I easily finished in three. The questions were pretty short and very often very direct. There were a few very hard questions and some that I should have known the answers to, but overall I think the exam was very easy. I don’t remember there being much internal medicine, pediatrics, or surgery on the exam. I do remember one internal medicine question that to this day I do not know the correct answer and another that a specialist in the field could not give me an answer to. There was also one easy orthopedic question that I stared at for a while but still ended up picking the wrong answer. A lot of questions asked that you pick a verbal response to a scenario. I also remember there being quite of few OB/GYN questions and some questions on medical law, epidemiology, and biostatistics. The medical law, epidemiology, and biostatistics questions tested concepts that I never studied before yet I probably got most of them right. Actually, a few questions I knew instantly that I got it right. I did not have to calculate anything on the exam. Oh, and several questions were asked twice. One time I got asked the same question two questions later (same few details and same answer).

The USMLE Step 2 CK was something that I would never like to experience again. The questions were long, ridiculously boring, and often very difficult. I slept well before the exam, did not have problems with time, took breaks after each set of questions, and had plenty of break time leftover, but I still felt like my brain was melting near the end of the exam. Although I had one question that was almost exactly the same as on the MCCEE (different photo but same problem), most questions were very different. In fact, I really wouldn’t compare the two exams. The USMLE had a lot of pathophysiology (from anatomic to physiologic) and these things called Drug Adds and Abstracts. Nothing I studied helped with the drug adds/abstracts, but I suggest leaving these for the end of the question set and to take time on them. At least ten questions had the same concept, question, and answer as in USMLE World.

In terms of study material, people often suggest Toronto Notes. I personally wouldn’t recommend that anyone touch that book for MCCEE. Canada Qbank can definitely be skipped. USMLE World is highly recommended for the USMLE, and I guess it helped for the MCCEE. If you have time you can read subject specific review books, but especially for the USMLE, practicing questions probably helps most.
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