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Hi all,

I want to narrate my Step 2 CK experience, hopefully it will be useful to you guys in this forum.

About me:
24 y.o recently graduated doctor (YOG March 2015) from Peru

Time of Prep:
About 1 year 5 mo in paper, however, during the first year of this period. I was doing my internship in Peru, which is a very busy time, so I probably just studied about 3-4 hrs a week, and in the last 3 months of that initial year a almost didn't study at all. However, I was seeing patients doing medicine all the time during that period so that helped me a lot in both my step 2 CK and CS. I must also note that I basically stopped studying 1 week before my exam, but just because I was feeling tired.

Materials Used:
A good step 1 preparation (i kept my Step 1 FA and went over my notes from the previous exam sometimes)
Kaplan series Books + Videos
First Aid
Kaplan Q Book
Kaplan QBank 79% (First try)
UWorld: 79%(First Try)
(Did Kaplan Q bank once and UWorld twice)

NBME:
NBME 6 (May 2015): 265
NBME 7 (June 2015): 265
UWSA1 265+
Test: 266

Tips:
Starting early is a great advantage, start taking notes in your first aid ASAP, specially from qbanks and NBME questions you get wrong, but also from concepts from other books. Use the mark feature in your exam to go over questions in which you have doubts makes a great difference. Sometimes there are things that you just have to memorize, as in "best first test" or "best initial treatment" for specific scenarios, so there is definitely a lot of subjectivity in this test, but besides that there is nothing to fear, it is actually easier, i feel, than step 1.

Please do let me know if there are any questions about my experience.

Cheers.

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Hi all,

I want to narrate my Step 2 CK experience, hopefully it will be useful to you guys in this forum.

About me:
24 y.o recently graduated doctor (YOG March 2015) from Peru

Time of Prep:
About 1 year 5 mo in paper, however, during the first year of this period. I was doing my internship in Peru, which is a very busy time, so I probably just studied about 3-4 hrs a week, and in the last 3 months of that initial year a almost didn't study at all. However, I was seeing patients doing medicine all the time during that period so that helped me a lot in both my step 2 CK and CS. I must also note that I basically stopped studying 1 week before my exam, but just because I was feeling tired.

Materials Used:
A good step 1 preparation (i kept my Step 1 FA and went over my notes from the previous exam sometimes)
Kaplan series Books + Videos
First Aid
Kaplan Q Book
Kaplan QBank 79% (First try)
UWorld: 79%(First Try)
(Did Kaplan Q bank once and UWorld twice)

NBME:
NBME 6 (May 2015): 265
NBME 7 (June 2015): 265
UWSA1 267
UWSA2 268
Test: 266

Tips:
Starting early is a great advantage, start taking notes in your first aid ASAP, specially from qbanks and NBME questions you get wrong, but also from concepts from other books. Use the mark feature in your exam to go over questions in which you have doubts makes a great difference. Sometimes there are things that you just have to memorize, as in "best first test" or "best initial treatment" for specific scenarios, so there is definitely a lot of subjectivity in this test, but besides that there is nothing to fear, it is actually easier, i feel, than step 1.

Please do let me know if there are any questions about my experience.

Cheers.
YOu used FA from step 1 or step 2 book?
ANd how much it helped you?
THanks
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I used, the step 2 FA mostly, obviously, but also the step 1 FA to go over some concepts that repeat (such as normal development)
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I used, the step 2 FA mostly, obviously, but also the step 1 FA to go over some concepts that repeat (such as normal development)
Somebody told me that FA for step 2ck help a lot for UW solving, someone told me that it is worst of time.
BUT, as i see here FA helped you a lot, and was like the main source ( book) of study? What about VIDEO by Kaplan, you mean Classroom anywhere 2014 year? and which ones you selected to watch ,because they are huge videos with time consuming as i know.???
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How did you get hold of UWSA2 form
Which Kaplan Qbank topics were most helpful
Which FA Step1 topics were most helpful


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Hi all,
Kaplan QBank 79% (First try)
UWorld: 79%(First Try)
(Did Kaplan Q bank once and UWorld twice)

NBME:
NBME 6 (May 2015): 265
NBME 7 (June 2015): 265
UWSA1 267
UWSA2 268
Test: 266

Please do let me know if there are any questions about my experience.

Cheers.
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Congratulations on the exam!

Can you say how the kaplan Qbook was? I hear it's a very easy book and not sure if the management and next step answers are up to date in there. Can you confirm on any of that?

UW also has a new UWSA form 2? Were there a lot of topics not covered in UW that we need to study?
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@Pedro Rodrigo
Different people have different answers, however, in my case the Step 2 helped. However the main source, i think, were the kaplan notes. Regarding the kaplan videos, i think i saw the 2008 edition, maybe? But it worked ok. I saw pediatrics, obgyn and surgery. No internal medicine because its my favorite subject and I have a somewhat decent grasp of it and no psychiatry/statistics because it was pretty much the same as step 1. Dpnt forget to use x2 speed!
@rahulmbbsmd
I did all the Qbanks online and all the topics were useful I feel.
In FA step 1, psychiatry (behavioral), statistics, child development and congenital diseases, were the subjects I feel were the most "repeated"
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Kaplan Q book was ok, not essential, I would say, but if you can do it. Do it. It helps.Uworld Qbank is crucial to your success and I think it covers everything pretty well
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@Pedro Rodrigo
Different people have different answers, however, in my case the Step 2 helped. However the main source, i think, were the kaplan notes. Regarding the kaplan videos, i think i saw the 2008 edition, maybe? But it worked ok. I saw pediatrics, obgyn and surgery. No internal medicine because its my favorite subject and I have a somewhat decent grasp of it and no psychiatry/statistics because it was pretty much the same as step 1. Dpnt forget to use x2 speed!
@rahulmbbsmd
I did all the Qbanks online and all the topics were useful I feel.
In FA step 1, psychiatry (behavioral), statistics, child development and congenital diseases, were the subjects I feel were the most "repeated"
@timexa
Kaplan Q book was ok, not essential, I would say, but if you can do it. Do it. It helps.Uworld Qbank is crucial to your success and I think it covers everything pretty well

Thanks again for clarifications!

You said you did UWSA 1 + UWSA2*. Where is UWSA2? Did UW add a new form?
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Sorry, I got confused only 1 UWSA, corrected.
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congratulations!

UWSA1 267?!! i thought the maximum score they report was 265!
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