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Old 10-08-2012
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Embarrassed Old IMG.. Step 2 CK

Hi all! I am an old IMG ( 2004) , I am planing to study for USMLE but I am really not sure about my chances, being an old IMG make me frustrated! I whish I could finish step1 and step 2Ck before next September, I will start by step 2 Ck.

I would like to know best study material and time range for step 2 CK, what do you think of the first aid is it better or Kaplan notes?

any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Old 10-10-2012
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Hi from a fellow old IMG. You may find it better to start by getting done with the elphant in the room, esp for older IMGs-namely Step 1. Preparing for step 1 will make it easier for step 2 (and shorter).
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Default yeah am doing same......

I am in similar situation..............old img...step1 seem too boring and difficult ...has just started to prepare for step2..still kind of confused..but every one has advised me to give step2 first!
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Old 10-12-2012
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Do step 1 first. There are a lot of "zebras" in step 2 CK that are not usually encountered in clinical practice (i.e. Gilbert syndrome, Alport syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta). These are adequately covered in step 1. In fact, these become the easy cases of step 2 CK once you're done with step 1. If you do step 2 first, you'll miss these "give-aways".

Step 1 is a foundation to step 2. Instead of doing 9 months for each (which usually happens to people who take step 2 first), if you do step 1 first, you can easily study for step 2 CK in 4 months.

This is just my opinion. Good luck!!
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