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Cool Any good reasons why not to use MedStudy IM for step 2 CK?


In this forum, I read somewhere that IM constitutes more than 50% of step 2 CK. In addition, as I read in the experiences of many students who took the step 2, students write a lot of notes to cover topics or information not mentioned in their review books. What is more, Dr. Conrad Fischer is reported to have said: "You can't review what you did not learn". Finally, at one point in the hematology videos of internal medicine, Dr. Fischer asks a hard question and adds information that is not mentioned in the notes. He then says something like: "This is not written in your notes. This is for those who want to score 99" (I hope that my memory is correct).

So what I cannot understand is the following:
Since MedStudy is more comprehensive than Kaplan IM or other IM review books, and since MedStudy is very concise when compared to IM textbooks like Kumar's and Davison's, why not use it for the step 2 CK? Why not to save your time from writing notes on papers instead of adding fewer notes to MedStudy? Wouldn't studying internal medicine comprehensively from a source like MedStudy save your time when reviewing common topics in the rest of majors (I mean things like hypertension, acute renal failure, STDs, etc.)? It is true that the review books are to-the-point, but they just do not give you the whole picture and you will end up MEMORIZING instead of UNDERSTANDING. In a lecture about the USMLE about 3 years ago, a Jordanian-American doctor, certified with 7 boards, said the following: "It is true that many students have 99s in both steps, but when you talk with some of them, you find that they KNOW nothing! I wonder how they got these high marks in the first place!". Could it be because such students simply memorized very high yield material without understanding?

Since I have an average background in IM, then I am considering using MedStudy for the USMLE. Will I be committing "a USMLE suicide"? Or will I be like the quote that says: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". A good trail hopefully!

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