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Old 06-20-2013
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For the first few months I studied from various materials and practiced questions from MKSAP for Students 5, USMLE World Offline, and First Aid Q and A. I then spent one month watching Kaplan videos for obstetrics and surgery and trying to do USMLE Rx online (…so boring). At the end of that month I did the free questions provided by USMLE (~80% I think) and UWSA (250+). Finally, I did USMLE World Online for a few weeks (~80% on pretty much second time) while reading BRS behavioral science. After finishing USMLE World Online, I redid the questions I got wrong and the ones I marked. I read a few more subject specific books (e.g., biostats, acids/bases, ethics) and review books (MTB 2), but none of them helped on the exam.

Exam Strategy
The exam was long, tough, and boring. I took breaks after every set of questions and I don’t think I could have or should have done any sets back to back. I ate and drank something (no coffee, tea or cola) during every break, which helped give me some energy. I also took a mini nap near the end, which I highly recommend. Time wasn’t an issue for me and I think I had over a half hour of break time left. I had about seven and a half sets of questions… the last set was just over twenty questions, which were actually shorter than in the other sets. Of the other sets, the ones I finished quickest were the ones with the most questions.

Exam Experience
I found the exam really hard. I did fly by the easy questions, but there seemed to be a lot of questions I wasn’t sure about. There were at least ten questions on my exam that usmleworld publically broadcasts, including four questions from the first set and three in the next. Because they were mostly pathophysiology questions that I would have gotten wrong otherwise, I did feel awkward. One of them I did get wrong though because I changed it to a slightly different answer. The Ads and Abstracts were tough and I probably got a couple wrong even though I spent plenty of time them. I don’t think there was any way to prepare for them.

  • There wasn’t a single acid/base question
  • I didn’t have to calculate anything
  • Nothing on the exam was evenly remotely similar to MKSAP for Students 5
  • I think every psych question was answered from Psychiatry Rounds: Practical Solutions to Clinical Challenges
  • Several questions with heart sounds that I really didnt need to listen to
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Thanks for the your insight.
Any tips of what sources were helpful and some that werent?
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How lengthy were tests ?
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There are a quite a few sources that, if I remembered correctly, were not helpful for the exam. Somewhat surprisingly, MTB 2 did not help whatsoever. None of the questions from the book repeated and I wasn’t tested on any of the concepts from the questions. I looked through the book the night after the exam and did not find anything that was on the exam. So, if I remembered correctly…

No Questions On Exam
  • Master the Boards Step 2 CK
  • Acid-Base, Fluids, and Electrolytes Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Clinical Biostatistics Made Ridiculously Simple
  • High-Yield Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health
  • MKSAP For Students 5 Questions
  • Kaplan Surgery
  • Kaplan Medical Ethics (I did not finish all of the cases though)
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple (terrible book, adds nothing)

Questions On Exam
  • USMLE World - Plenty of nearly identical questions
  • Psychiatry Rounds: Practical Solutions To Clinical Challenges - Pretty sure it answered all psych questions on the exam
  • Kaplan Obstetrics - Basic concepts, that is if I got the questions right
  • BRS Behavioral Science - I mostly read just the questions and I skipped a few sections. Two questions were from a section I skipped, biologic pathways, but I’m pretty sure that I got the questions right anyway. The answers were found in the Psychiatry Rounds book.
The Washington Manual Subspecialty Consult Series – A read a few of them and a lot of questions from USMLE World are answered in these books. So if you are studying way in advance, these books may help with learning internal medicine. And although I do not think any questions came from MKSAP For Students 5, it’s probably a good learning tool for internal medicine.
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Originally Posted by MedicalExaminer View Post
How lengthy were tests ?
Each set of questions ranged from 43 to 45, except the last one which had a little over 20. I finished the first set 10 minutes early, and then spent another 5 minutes going over a couple of questions. I think it was two sets later that I had 44 questions and thought it I would finished quickly... nope. That was the only set I finished with a little more than a minute left and had no time to check over questions. Thereafter I didnít slack on the any set

and finished all but one set with at least 5 minutes left. The last set I had over twenty minutes left because it was so short.
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I guess I should add that other than USMLE Rx, USMLE World, and MTB 2, I didn’t really study any internal medicine or paediatrics specifically for this exam. However, I have studied several internal subjects quite a bit before, which made the clinical questions on the exam generally easy. In the past I have also studied several books on ECGs and X-rays.

The big gripe for me on the exam was the large amount of the weird cross subject basic science questions. Why the USMLE people consider that medicine is way beyond me. Anyway, that’s the area USMLE World helped the most, and the main reason that the exam was very hard for me.
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