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The main component of Step 2 CK is Internal Medicine. I was lucky enough to be doing an elective in Internal Medicine in the US two months before the exam. At that point, I was already done with my core clerkships back in my own medical school and I felt like I knew enough Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Psychiatry and Epidemiology. All I had to do is concentrate on Medicine and Surgery.

During my 4 week elective I was seeing the most common cases in Medicine, and every time I see a different case I would read about it from Kaplan LN: Internal Medicine. That book was the only thing I opened during that month.

When I got back from the US, I had one more month to review Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and of course cram Surgery (thankfully is was a small book). I also wanted to do Kaplan QBank, so I subscribed for one month during which I completed the entire QBank at a rate of 2-3 blocks/day.

Whenever I wasn't doing questions I was reading the Surgery cases from Kaplan LN. The QBank was enough to consolidate what I learned in Internal Medicine, and served as a refresher for the other subjects.

I should also mention, I purchased Master the Boards for Step 2 CK and used it as "the" comprehensive review book instead of First Aid (I think MTB is much better, but you should check them both out and judge for yourself).

On exam day, I did 3 blocks non-stop (kinda regretted doing so at the time, especially when I started the 3rd block I was really tired), took a 10 min break, did 2 more, took a 30 min break, did 2 more, took 10 min break and then came back for the last block.

When I finished, I did not feel satisfied with my performance, there were many questions that I had no clue as to what their answers were. All I had in mind was that I completed the last step of exams and that was enough satisfaction for me at the time.

I know my experience is kinda different, but the key here is to have a goal (I aimed for >245) and work your ass off even if you don't have enough time and hopefully you will achieve that goal. In the big picture, your residency application is a lot more than just USMLE scores...so aim big, but don't rely on scores alone to get your residency spot.

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Congratulation buddy great score ........

You did not use UW .......

how was Kaplan Qbank ..... was it helpful ???

Any other book other than MTB , like secrets or step up to step 2 ?

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what were your UWSA scores or NBME and overall uworld percentage?
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Congratulation buddy great score ........

You did not use UW .......

how was Kaplan Qbank ..... was it helpful ???

Any other book other than MTB , like secrets or step up to step 2 ?

Thanks.......
Thank you,

No I did not use UW. It was my first option based on all that I've heard about it, but for some reason the software did not work on my computer and I got a refund on my subscription so I decided to switch to Kaplan since I've used it before for Step 1.

I think Kaplan QBank is excellent, but I can't really say if it's better than UW because I've never tried UW.

MTB was my main book (along with Kaplan LN: Internal Medicine), I did look through USMLE Step 2 Secrets and I would recommend reading it at least once, but I don't think it should be used as your "main" comprehensive review book.
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wat were your UWSA scores or NBME and overall uworld percentage?
I don't know what UWSA is, and I did not do any of the NBMEs.

My overall Kaplan QBank percentage was 75% as far as I can remember. I did not use UWorld.
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Where did you go for your electives? How much did it cost to you? just, tell more about how went your electives
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that felt really good to read and yes totally different, no u world, no UWSE, no nbme. congratulations. hope u get the spot of your choice in the place of your choice. god bless you.
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Where did you go for your electives? How much did it cost to you? just, tell more about how went your electives
I did the elective at St. Mary's Hospital in Minnesota. The elective itself did not cost any money, but I had to pay a 350$ non-refundable application fee.

In addition, you need to consider the airplane ticket, the hotel/apartment you want to stay in for the duration of the elective, and the life expenses (i.e. food, water, etc.).
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I did the elective at St. Mary's Hospital in Minnesota. The elective itself did not cost any money, but I had to pay a 350$ non-refundable application fee.

In addition, you need to consider the airplane ticket, the hotel/apartment you want to stay in for the duration of the elective, and the life expenses (i.e. food, water, etc.).
plz how much the total cost for 2ms?
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plz how much the total cost for 2ms?
It was one month and you would need at least 1,500 - 2000 dollars + plane ticket (find the cheapest).
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do they accept international medical students for electives?r there a lot of requirements?
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do they accept international medical students for electives?r there a lot of requirements?
Yes they do. The requirements ARE a lot, but can be done.

You'll need to fill the application, get two letters of recommendation, fill the immunization form and take any missing vaccines, do a PPD test, get health insurance, etc. I don't remember the rest, but you get the idea.
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I did the elective at St. Mary's Hospital in Minnesota. The elective itself did not cost any money, but I had to pay a 350$ non-refundable application fee.

In addition, you need to consider the airplane ticket, the hotel/apartment you want to stay in for the duration of the elective, and the life expenses (i.e. food, water, etc.).
Do they accept international students at st mary's. Are there a lot of requirements?
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r u an International medical grad or a final year student ??
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r u an International medical grad or a final year student ??
I graduated recently, but when I did the Step 2 CK I was a student. I did it in November 2011.
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Yes they do. The requirements ARE a lot, but can be done.

You'll need to fill the application, get two letters of recommendation, fill the immunization form and take any missing vaccines, do a PPD test, get health insurance, etc. I don't remember the rest, but you get the idea.

hey buddy is this same as applying in MAYO clinic i guess ???

but they refused my application by saying you need to be in the final year but not internship year ( which in our colleges is the final or last year of mbbs ) so you dont have internship as your final year ?
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hey buddy is this same as applying in MAYO clinic i guess ???

but they refused my application by saying you need to be in the final year but not internship year ( which in our colleges is the final or last year of mbbs ) so you dont have internship as your final year ?
Yeah it's one of the Mayo hospitals.

No, I am an IMG but I don't need to do an internship to get the diploma. The internship is only required if I want to practice medicine locally. During my final year I had a month in which I could do an elective, that's why I was able to do it.
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Hi Talal-6666

Thanks for posting your experience!
Could you please tell me how long it took you to prepare to this exam (more less)? Thanks
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Thanks for posting your experience!
Could you please tell me how long it took you to prepare to this exam (more less)? Thanks
It took me 2 months preparing for the Step 2 CK EXCLUSIVELY. However, when I started doing the core clerkships in medical school I would make sure any topic I study, I would read from Kaplan LN (even for college exams). So by the end of my fifth year I was already done with Peds, OB/GYN and Psych.

The two months were for reviewing what I studied before plus doing Internal Medicine and Surgery for the first time.

But if you haven't opened any USMLE related book in your preparation for college exams, then you would need at least 6 months.
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congratulations on the awesum score!
can u please tel me if u read MTB 2 for only medicine or for other subjects too? do u think its good for paeds,gynae,psychi n surgery?
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congratulations on the awesum score!
can u please tel me if u read MTB 2 for only medicine or for other subjects too? do u think its good for paeds,gynae,psychi n surgery?
I read it for all the subjects, but the Medicine section is definitely the most well-written and contains the highest-yield info.

For the rest of the subjects, I think it's not bad, but since they're not written by Dr. Fischer you will not notice that they are purely for review and lack a lot of info. that you need to add yourself.
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Im in my final year, would it be better if i gave ck first since im doing surgery gynae med and paeds this year? Or is it too risky ?
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Im in my final year, would it be better if i gave ck first since im doing surgery gynae med and paeds this year? Or is it too risky ?
I know a lot of classmates who did that, and I don't think it's risky. The information you have now from medical school is still fresh, you can supplement what you're learning with the Step 2 books and you can do great on the exam.

I don't think you need to rely on Step 1 to do good on the Step 2.
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Awesome score talal 6666! and a very clear account of your prep!

i am an img, in final year med school, karachi. I've taken my step 1..and now im studying gynae/obs and surgery for the first semester. I wanted to ask, that, if next semester, i start studying for my step2 ck, i'll have about 4 months, before my finals (med and paeds) Do u think i can manage, with ward rotations going on, and also doing davidson for medicine?!
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Awesome score talal 6666! and a very clear account of your prep!

i am an img, in final year med school, karachi. I've taken my step 1..and now im studying gynae/obs and surgery for the first semester. I wanted to ask, that, if next semester, i start studying for my step2 ck, i'll have about 4 months, before my finals (med and paeds) Do u think i can manage, with ward rotations going on, and also doing davidson for medicine?!
It's hard to tell. I think you should read through Kaplan LN for Medicine and Peds as you rotate during your second semester, but if your finals don't involve OB/GYN and Surgery then don't study them yet.

You can finish your final year and then give yourself a month or two to review OB/GYN, Surgery and Psych, but at least that way you'll be done with the most important part of the Step 2 CK (Medicine).

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Awesome score talal 6666! and a very clear account of your prep!

i am an img, in final year med school, karachi. I've taken my step 1..and now im studying gynae/obs and surgery for the first semester. I wanted to ask, that, if next semester, i start studying for my step2 ck, i'll have about 4 months, before my finals (med and paeds) Do u think i can manage, with ward rotations going on, and also doing davidson for medicine?!
Hey wat school do u go to in karachi
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dow. and what school do u go to?
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It's hard to tell. I think you should read through Kaplan LN for Medicine and Peds as you rotate during your second semester, but if your finals don't involve OB/GYN and Surgery then don't study them yet.

You can finish your final year and then give yourself a month or two to review OB/GYN, Surgery and Psych, but at least that way you'll be done with the most important part of the Step 2 CK (Medicine).

Hope I answered your question
Actually i want to take step2 before my final year exams..i was hoping to finish it up in 4 months. but you;re right its hard to tell. Thanks a lot for your help! and all the best for the match!
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dow. and what school do u go to?
Knew it! im frm dimc. best of luck
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lol ya you must've figured from the semester exams. Good luck to you too!
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