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Planning Warming up for Step 2 CK - some questions

I have some questions about Step 2 CK prep material:
  1. I have Kaplan lecture notes & videos 2007 ed. Are there any newer versions, and should I upgrade if there are any?
  2. Is First Aid for Step 2 CK as good and recommended as that for Step 1? If not, is there any alternative?
  3. In general, is preparing for Step 2 CK different from Step 1 prep? Anything I should be aware of?
I'd appreciate your insights.
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I have the 2008-2009 kaplan lecture notes for CK. Where did you get the 2007 videos? I've been looking for videos, you can pm me for that info
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I have some questions about Step 2 CK prep material:
  1. I have Kaplan lecture notes & videos 2007 ed. Are there any newer versions, and should I upgrade if there are any?
  2. Is First Aid for Step 2 CK as good and recommended as that for Step 1? If not, is there any alternative?
  3. In general, is preparing for Step 2 CK different from Step 1 prep? Anything I should be aware of?
I'd appreciate your insights.
Thank you.
Kaplan Notes is enough and you don't need to see the videos. Have a look here Do we need to watch Kaplan CK Videos?

You don't need First Aid for the CK have a look here
First Aid for Step 2 CK

In CK, be prepared for long long clinical vignettes that ask you what is the best next step.
Another thing, your Step 1 prep will really really help you with the CK prep.

Good luck
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I have the 2008-2009 kaplan lecture notes for CK. Where did you get the 2007 videos? I've been looking for videos, you can pm me for that info
I have them on CDs. I was told by that who provided them to me that they're 2007 edition, may be they are not?

What is the latest edition anyway? Is there a 2010 edition like those for Step 1?
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hey welcome to CK zone man..
i am going with the same choices too..

as chessmatic said the vignettes will be pretty long..n dont forget to add qbanks too to the list ..
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Still I haven't figured out the latest edition of the Kaplan videos and notes.. Does anyone know?
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I agree @haisook

The one's available for download via various websites are 2001 edition. I've searched extensively but never found another latest edition. Maybe the ones you have on disk are different, but if you find out the difference, please let me know.
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The one's available for download via various websites are 2001 edition. I've searched extensively but never found another latest edition. Maybe the ones you have on disk are different, but if you find out the difference, please let me know.
I've just tried the first Surgery CD. The video is in avi format, with resolution of 304 x 144 px (quite bad!), and the Dr is called Carlos Pestana (if I'm not mistaken).

From the poor quality of A/V, I'd guess it's the same old version you're talking about!

Is this the one you all have? I think in addition to the poor quality, the content of the notes and the scope of the exam have changed considerably from 2001, so I guess those videos are pretty useless. What do you think?
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I've just tried the first Surgery CD. The video is in avi format, with resolution of 304 x 144 px (quite bad!), and the Dr is called Carlos Pestana (if I'm not mistaken).

From the poor quality of A/V, I'd guess it's the same old version you're talking about!

Is this the one you all have? I think in addition to the poor quality, the content of the notes and the scope of the exam have changed considerably from 2001, so I guess those videos are pretty useless. What do you think?
We do have the latest notes, so i think that if we follow the notes and manage to understand the lectures as well (even if they're old), it's gonna help in understanding the notes as well. Things may have been added from 2001, but the basic concepts remain unchanged. After finishing kaplan material, i'll go for uworld and test what i've learnt. What do you say?
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We do have the latest notes, so i think that if we follow the notes and manage to understand the lectures as well (even if they're old), it's gonna help in understanding the notes as well. Things may have been added from 2001, but the basic concepts remain unchanged. After finishing kaplan material, i'll go for uworld and test what i've learnt. What do you say?
I've actually watched all Step 1 videos, but those were fairly recent, and you know Step 1 is kinda tricky. Many people say watching videos for CK is not necessary especially if one has just given Step 1 exam. This, in addition to the videos being very old and poor in quality, makes me think about not watching the videos.

Could somebody provide us with some insights about those videos? Should we really watch them?
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I was in the same condition b4 the start of my ck journey.... I've completed the first read of Kaplan Notes, I was told by Lee that the videos are not necessary for ck.... Only psychiatry and obs/gyne may need the videos ( provided that u don't understand the notes without it)... I would recommend u the same ... not to waste ur time with videos for the rest of the subjects......
I have already started the second read of Kap notes...completed internal medicine and am now doing its relevant UW questions.... I'm just in the 6th block of IM questions in it and my performance is 60 %.... could somebody tell me how am I going?????
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I was in the same condition b4 the start of my ck journey.... I've completed the first read of Kaplan Notes, I was told by Lee that the videos are not necessary for ck.... Only psychiatry and obs/gyne may need the videos ( provided that u don't understand the notes without it)... I would recommend u the same ... not to waste ur time with videos for the rest of the subjects......
I have already started the second read of Kap notes...completed internal medicine and am now doing its relevant UW questions.... I'm just in the 6th block of IM questions in it and my performance is 60 %.... could somebody tell me how am I going?????
60% in uw is good (was for step1). When are you planning to take the exam? I too am planning to prepare in the same way as yours. Keep us updated about your performance and preparation, (hope it's not too much help i'm asking)
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Thanks for your comments...

I'm in UW questions of IM. So far I've just done about 400 questions..... will inform u once I finish all the subjects.... and according to my performance I will fix an exam date, however January may be suitable I think....

I'd like to know about your plans as well....
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Thanks for your comments...

I'm in UW questions of IM. So far I've just done about 400 questions..... will inform u once I finish all the subjects.... and according to my performance I will fix an exam date, however January may be suitable I think....

I'd like to know about your plans as well....

I've started with internal medicine:cardiology along with the videos. Plan to finish kaplan material with vids and go fo UW. Just started a few weeks ago. I'm planning to give my exam in the end of august,2011. Hope it's enough time.... My step-1 score is not very good, so i want to cover it up with step-2CK score.
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