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Old 09-14-2016
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Hey everyone,

I promised I would do this once I finished doing Steps 1, 2CK and 2CS. 18 months later, I finally get my 2CK results and here we are!

SO, many people ask me a lot of the same questions...how long did you study? what books did you use? did you get a tutor/Skype partner? what questions did you use? what was your study plan? Here are my thoughts:

1) The materials for the theory
I ONLY used First Aid for all 3 exams. A lot of people seem to think it isn't enough and I agree to a certain degree. First Aid is designed to have all the necessary information in the most compressed form possible. As such, you need to understand that you must learn the book cover-to-cover without missing any information (this include the pictures and the captions of the diagrams). Now, whilst First Aid had around 90% of what I needed, it did not have everything. The other 10% came from going through USMLE World for Step 1 and 2CK (I only used First Aid for 2CS) and the First Aid Q&A books. In the explained answers, there were certain nuggets of information that I knew was not in First Aid. I knew this because I started doing USMLE World after I had read the book 5-6 times. Once I found a nugget I would add it to the corresponding section in First Aid. Therefore, the next time I read First Aid i would also come across an extra bit of information. As such, First Aid would evolve to have nearly 100% of what I knew I needed.

2) My Study Plan
Being an IMG in my final year of medical school (I go to Cambridge Uni in the UK) I had the benefit of a bit more flexibility in when I took the exam. However, I did not want to set aside too much of my life to these exams. Step 1 took me 8 months to study for, 2CS around 1.5 months and 2CK was 5 months.

Now, I did not have a study plan set in stone. All i knew was that i needed to memorise First Aid and I would do as many read-throughs until i got there. I made a checklist of all the chapters and ensure i read each chapter (not in order, but in the order I felt would be most interesting --> least interesting). For Step 1, this was around 9 read-throughs, Step 2CS around 3 read-throughs and Step 2CK around 9 read-throughs. This is physically and mentally demanding. I would wake up at 5am and study until 7-8pm with a 10 minute break for lunch and that was it. I took no other breaks. My friends did not understand where I got my energy from as I was off caffeine the whole time! i guess it was fear more than anything that drove me.

3) Do not waste your time
The USMLE is a monster and you need to understand this. Now, for my medical degree i have always loved to work with others, but with this there was just too much too learn. I found it more high-yield to work alone. If i spent 5 hours with a tutor/skype partner I could maybe get through 2-3 topics (e.g. for the CVS I could get through anatomy, physiology and maybe a bit of pathology such as HTN). However, if i were to work alone I could get through double, maybe triple that amount. i know it can be isolating, but I just wanted to get through it. Do not waste your time delving deeper into topics First Aid only touches on. If First Aid does this it is for a reason...because it is unlikely to come up in the exam in a lot of detail. I know this can make you feel like your knowledge is patchy (as if you were patching a boat that had many holes with tape), but this is all you need for the exam

4) Questions
Use USMLE World. That is all you need

5) The exam itself
a) Week before
By this point i had First Aid memorised. I cast it aside at that point and went through USMLE World alone. I did maybe 10-12 blocks of 44 questions a day, along with looking through the answers. I could get through the entire bank by the end of the week.
b) Day before
I was used to working 15 hour days by this point. However, the day before i finished after I made sure to finish 5 hours early so I could unwind, have a good dinner (Dominos pizza...nomnom) and get to bed early.
c) The exam day
I did not plan any breaks. I think that following this kind of pre-planned rota is silly. If you feel you can continue, do it. If you need a break, take it. That was the way I worked on the exam day. For both Step 1/2CK i ended up doing the following - 3 blocks, 10-15 min break, 1-2 blocks, 10 mins break, 1-2 blocks, 10 mins break, 1 block, toilet break, 1 block, done. I did not eat during this day because i a) I was not hungry b) eating makes me sleepy. This is a marathon, not an exam. I did everything i could to stay focused. I had a bottle of water and 2 ProPlus tablets (each with 50mg of caffeine) on standby as i knew my caffeine sensitivity would be crazy high. I ended up needing to take 1 tablet during the entire day to stay sharp. I did not get jittery, it just helped me focus.

I hope this helps. If you need any help, please message me on FaceBook (search Simon Arda Metin) or Twitter (@smetin92).

Best of luck!!

Simon Metin

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hey everyone,

i promised i would do this once i finished doing steps 1, 2ck and 2cs. 18 months later, i finally get my 2ck results and here we are!

So, many people ask me a lot of the same questions...how long did you study? What books did you use? Did you get a tutor/skype partner? What questions did you use? What was your study plan? Here are my thoughts:

1) the materials for the theory
i only used first aid for all 3 exams. A lot of people seem to think it isn't enough and i agree to a certain degree. First aid is designed to have all the necessary information in the most compressed form possible. As such, you need to understand that you must learn the book cover-to-cover without missing any information (this include the pictures and the captions of the diagrams). Now, whilst first aid had around 90% of what i needed, it did not have everything. The other 10% came from going through usmle world for step 1 and 2ck (i only used first aid for 2cs). In the explained answers, there were certain nuggets of information that i knew was not in first aid. I knew this because i started doing usmle world after i had read the book 5-6 times. Once i found a nugget i would add it to the corresponding section in first aid. Therefore, the next time i read first aid i would also come across an extra bit of information. As such, first aid would evolve to have nearly 100% of what i knew i needed.

2) my study plan
being an img in my final year of medical school (i go to cambridge uni in the uk) i had the benefit of a bit more flexibility in when i took the exam. However, i did not want to set aside too much of my life to these exams. Step 1 took me 8 months to study for, 2cs around 1.5 months and 2ck was 5 months.

Now, i did not have a study plan set in stone. All i knew was that i needed to memorise first aid and i would do as many read-throughs until i got there. I made a checklist of all the chapters and ensure i read each chapter (not in order, but in the order i felt would be most interesting --> least interesting). For step 1, this was around 9 read-throughs, step 2cs around 3 read-throughs and step 2ck around 9 read-throughs. This is physically and mentally demanding. I would wake up at 5am and study until 7-8pm with a 10 minute break for lunch and that was it. I took no other breaks. My friends did not understand where i got my energy from as i was off caffeine the whole time! I guess it was fear more than anything that drove me.

3) do not waste your time
the usmle is a monster and you need to understand this. Now, for my medical degree i have always loved to work with others, but with this there was just too much too learn. I found it more high-yield to work alone. If i spent 5 hours with a tutor/skype partner i could maybe get through 2-3 topics (e.g. For the cvs i could get through anatomy, physiology and maybe a bit of pathology such as htn). However, if i were to work alone i could get through double, maybe triple that amount. I know it can be isolating, but i just wanted to get through it. Do not waste your time delving deeper into topics first aid only touches on. If first aid does this it is for a reason...because it is unlikely to come up in the exam in a lot of detail. I know this can make you feel like your knowledge is patchy (as if you were patching a boat that had many holes with tape), but this is all you need for the exam

4) questions
use usmle world. That is all you need

5) the exam itself
a) week before
by this point i had first aid memorised. I cast it aside at that point and went through usmle world alone. I did maybe 10-12 blocks of 44 questions a day, along with looking through the answers. I could get through the entire bank by the end of the week.
B) day before
i was used to working 15 hour days by this point. However, the day before i finished after i made sure to finish 5 hours early so i could unwind, have a good dinner (dominos pizza...nomnom) and get to bed early.
C) the exam day
i did not plan any breaks. I think that following this kind of pre-planned rota is silly. If you feel you can continue, do it. If you need a break, take it. That was the way i worked on the exam day. For both step 1/2ck i ended up doing the following - 3 blocks, 10-15 min break, 1-2 blocks, 10 mins break, 1-2 blocks, 10 mins break, 1 block, toilet break, 1 block, done. I did not eat during this day because i a) i was not hungry b) eating makes me sleepy. This is a marathon, not an exam. I did everything i could to stay focused. I had a bottle of water and 2 proplus tablets (each with 50mg of caffeine) on standby as i knew my caffeine sensitivity would be crazy high. I ended up needing to take 1 tablet during the entire day to stay sharp. I did not get jittery, it just helped me focus.

I hope this helps. If you need any help, please message me on facebook (search simon arda metin) or twitter (@smetin92).

Best of luck!!

Simon metin

congrats and thxs for sharing
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What was your step 1 score?
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Do NOT listen to this guy! He's a LIAR!

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Hey everyone,

I promised I would do this once I finished doing Steps 1, 2CK and 2CS. 18 months later, I finally get my 2CK results and here we are!

SO, many people ask me a lot of the same questions...how long did you study? what books did you use? did you get a tutor/Skype partner? what questions did you use? what was your study plan? Here are my thoughts:

1) The materials for the theory
I ONLY used First Aid for all 3 exams. A lot of people seem to think it isn't enough and I agree to a certain degree. First Aid is designed to have all the necessary information in the most compressed form possible. As such, you need to understand that you must learn the book cover-to-cover without missing any information (this include the pictures and the captions of the diagrams). Now, whilst First Aid had around 90% of what I needed, it did not have everything. The other 10% came from going through USMLE World for Step 1 and 2CK (I only used First Aid for 2CS) and the First Aid Q&A books. In the explained answers, there were certain nuggets of information that I knew was not in First Aid. I knew this because I started doing USMLE World after I had read the book 5-6 times. Once I found a nugget I would add it to the corresponding section in First Aid. Therefore, the next time I read First Aid i would also come across an extra bit of information. As such, First Aid would evolve to have nearly 100% of what I knew I needed.

2) My Study Plan
Being an IMG in my final year of medical school (I go to Cambridge Uni in the UK) I had the benefit of a bit more flexibility in when I took the exam. However, I did not want to set aside too much of my life to these exams. Step 1 took me 8 months to study for, 2CS around 1.5 months and 2CK was 5 months.

Now, I did not have a study plan set in stone. All i knew was that i needed to memorise First Aid and I would do as many read-throughs until i got there. I made a checklist of all the chapters and ensure i read each chapter (not in order, but in the order I felt would be most interesting --> least interesting). For Step 1, this was around 9 read-throughs, Step 2CS around 3 read-throughs and Step 2CK around 9 read-throughs. This is physically and mentally demanding. I would wake up at 5am and study until 7-8pm with a 10 minute break for lunch and that was it. I took no other breaks. My friends did not understand where I got my energy from as I was off caffeine the whole time! i guess it was fear more than anything that drove me.

3) Do not waste your time
The USMLE is a monster and you need to understand this. Now, for my medical degree i have always loved to work with others, but with this there was just too much too learn. I found it more high-yield to work alone. If i spent 5 hours with a tutor/skype partner I could maybe get through 2-3 topics (e.g. for the CVS I could get through anatomy, physiology and maybe a bit of pathology such as HTN). However, if i were to work alone I could get through double, maybe triple that amount. i know it can be isolating, but I just wanted to get through it. Do not waste your time delving deeper into topics First Aid only touches on. If First Aid does this it is for a reason...because it is unlikely to come up in the exam in a lot of detail. I know this can make you feel like your knowledge is patchy (as if you were patching a boat that had many holes with tape), but this is all you need for the exam

4) Questions
Use USMLE World. That is all you need

5) The exam itself
a) Week before
By this point i had First Aid memorised. I cast it aside at that point and went through USMLE World alone. I did maybe 10-12 blocks of 44 questions a day, along with looking through the answers. I could get through the entire bank by the end of the week.
b) Day before
I was used to working 15 hour days by this point. However, the day before i finished after I made sure to finish 5 hours early so I could unwind, have a good dinner (Dominos pizza...nomnom) and get to bed early.
c) The exam day
I did not plan any breaks. I think that following this kind of pre-planned rota is silly. If you feel you can continue, do it. If you need a break, take it. That was the way I worked on the exam day. For both Step 1/2CK i ended up doing the following - 3 blocks, 10-15 min break, 1-2 blocks, 10 mins break, 1-2 blocks, 10 mins break, 1 block, toilet break, 1 block, done. I did not eat during this day because i a) I was not hungry b) eating makes me sleepy. This is a marathon, not an exam. I did everything i could to stay focused. I had a bottle of water and 2 ProPlus tablets (each with 50mg of caffeine) on standby as i knew my caffeine sensitivity would be crazy high. I ended up needing to take 1 tablet during the entire day to stay sharp. I did not get jittery, it just helped me focus.

I hope this helps. If you need any help, please message me on FaceBook (search Simon Arda Metin) or Twitter (@smetin92).

Best of luck!!

Simon Metin
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Whoever you are, you should be ashamed of yourself. I am in the same year as Simon and I only have good things to say about him. He has given me all of his resources, including his USMLE World account to use until it expires. I dont see how anything he said was a lie. You should have seen him. He was the first to enter the library at 5am and the last to leave. You need to get a life and stop trolling good people. You should also consider encrypting your IP address as you were far to easy to find by one of my friends who does computer science.

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