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Hi all ,,


Actually I'm preparing for USMLE step 2 CK which is the first step to start with.


I have 2 questions here,


1- I finished Obst & Gyne and I'll start with surgery now so I need your comments about the sequence of my study ,, and what do you think about the most suitable order of study for the remaining internal medicine, pediatrics and Psychiatry subjects ?

2- I intend to review Obst & Gyne from both Qbook and First Aid parallel to my study of surgery subject. Do you think this would be appropriate and what book can I use first for the revision of Obst & Gyne that I already finished ?

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Who said Step 2 CK is the first step to take! Have a look here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-...ake-first.html

You don't need to supplement your Kaplan notes with any other book for the obs and gyne

Reviewing First Aid and Qbook while you are reading the rest is a great idea.

There's no particular sequence for IM and peds you can do whatever.
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Yes, you are doing fine. Go ahead with your plans. I know many people who did Step 2 CK first before Step 1 and they had great scores.

Your books plan is great.

Do the internal medicine before the others because it covers many topics and looks like an umbrella covering all topics that you'll see in peds and surgery.
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Yes, you are doing fine. Go ahead with your plans. I know many people who did Step 2 CK first before Step 1 and they had great scores.

Your books plan is great.

Do the internal medicine before the others because it covers many topics and looks like an umbrella covering all topics that you'll see in peds and surgery.
Thanks for the support laithby

I need your opinion concerning the order of review , meaning should I do qbank first or First Aid first ??
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Thanks for the support laithby

I need your opinion concerning the order of review , meaning should I do qbank first or First Aid first ??
You go with First Aid first. Then attack the Qbank
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You go with First Aid first. Then attack the Qbank
Oh sorry excuse me I asked my previous question in the wrong way , in my previous quote I didn't mean Qbank BUT i meant Qbook ,, So again do u recommend to start with First Aid before Qbook ??
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Oh sorry excuse me I asked my previous question in the wrong way , in my previous quote I didn't mean Qbank BUT i meant Qbook ,, So again do u recommend to start with First Aid before Qbook ??
Yes, it's the same. Qbook or Qbank. Do the questions after First Aid.
But, I don't recommend Qbook, it's too easy. Do the Qbank.
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Who said Step 2 CK is the first step to take! Have a look here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-...ake-first.html

You don't need to supplement your Kaplan notes with any other book for the obs and gyne

Reviewing First Aid and Qbook while you are reading the rest is a great idea.

There's no particular sequence for IM and peds you can do whatever.
Thanks for sharing the experience but I'm a fresh graduate and I'm doing my internship now so I find that Step 2 CK is much more easier for me than step 1 ,, I use what I read in my clinical rounds which is fun to me as well as that I have enough basic knowledge in my mind from my previous study that makes me capable of handling with the basic concepts behind the clinical cases

I'll be happy to read your comment about that
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Yes, it's the same. Qbook or Qbank. Do the questions after First Aid.
But, I don't recommend Qbook, it's too easy. Do the Qbank.
Yes off course I can get your point of view BUT I didn't finish all of my lecture notes yet so if I'm going to use Qbank now, I'll have to subscribe for 3 months in advance for example (just to review the finished part), and I'll have to resubscribe for another extra months which is cost-full, So I prefer to use my Qbook for now and as soon as I finish all of my lecture notes I'll subscribe for Qbank to reduce the over all costs ,,, Thanks laithby for the advice
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Thanks for sharing the experience but I'm a fresh graduate and I'm doing my internship now so I find that Step 2 CK is much more easier for me than step 1 ,, I use what I read in my clinical rounds which is fun to me as well as that I have enough basic knowledge in my mind from my previous study that makes me capable of handling with the basic concepts behind the clinical cases

I'll be happy to read your comment about that
You are reading Kaplan Lecture Notes. These books are written in a way so that the CK material is dependent on Step 1 material. When you read for example that captopril is contraindicated in bilateral renal artery stenosis you will memorize it just as a factoid while if you have done Step 1 before it you will understand the pathophysiology behind that factoid.

In CK lecture notes, they don't explain the pathophysiology. While in fact pathophysiology is extremely useful for your CK exam.

I know that you are going to find CK exam easier than Step 1 but utlimately you have to take Step 1 and you will find it very difficult to tackle. While if you do the correct sequence you will build your knowledge from the ground up. In fact if you do step 1 first you will later on find CK very very easy to do.

Anyway, that's just my opinion. You do whatever you are comfortable with.
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