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Step 2 CK Experience
(2012 Graduate from Pakistan)

Score: 265

Before going into the details I would like to thank Allah SWT for giving me such an honor of high scores. I can’t thank him enough for this blessing.


I have read countless number of experiences on different USMLE forums and finally tried to give my best shot based on my aptitude and way of learning.

Prep time: 4.5 months

Exam date: 18 July 2013 Result reported on: 7th August 2013

USMLE step 1 scores: 254 (result report date 16 January 2013)

Material used:
Internal medicine: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for Step 2 ck
Master the boards for Internal medicine

Pediatrics: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for Step 3

Gynae & obs: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for step 3.

Psychiatry: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for step 3.

Surgery: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for step 3.

Question resources: USMLE world question bank and nothing else
Assessment exams: NBME 4(16 days before exam date)-------------250
UWSA(3 days before exam date)-----------------265

Preparation experience:
After the step 1 result was out in mid of January 2013, I was very motivated to start the step 2 CK preparation as I was only left with this exam in order to apply for this year’s residency match. So, I called all my seniors the same day and worked out my plan of action. At the very beginning I had a goal to take the exam up till the mid of June with the score of 260+.
So, the very next day I started preparation with the first target set on internal medicine. Here I would like to emphasize the importance of taking step 2 immediately after passing step 1. Step 1 is way more complex, extensive, time taking and foundation building exam as compared to step 2. Time spent on step 1 and the extensive study pays off in both exams because step 2 is not all about investigations and treatment and lot of people say that there is no correlation between both exams but keep in your mind you will be tested on pathophysiology, pharmacology and immunology stuff on CK which you will only know to the core if you read them extensively in your step 1 because most of the CK books do not cover those topics very well.
e.g I have got 2 mechanism of actions of drugs which I have read in pharma for step 1, two questions from Fragile X-syndrome which can only be covered by genetics which you must have studied very well during your step 1. Secondly the course for psychiatry is almost same as behavioral sciences that’s why keeping both exams in a row will help you better correlate and reinforce your basic and clinical sciences together.
Bottom line, don’t go for very long vacations after step 1 result. Just suffer sometime more for CK and then do whatever you want.



I started internal medicine preparation but in February my Dad got MI superimposed on CHF, he went into ARF and shock liver. It was the most difficult time for the whole family, and I being the only doctor in the family was more into it. During this time I stayed by his side and look after him being a Son, and a doctor. Thanks God he recovered from all this completely and came home healthy. So eventually I started my preparation once again from 3rd march, 2013. The things which I studied from internal medicine before were all out of mind so I started fresh once again.


FIRST READ: (3 months and 10 days)
Internal medicine:

Started first read with MTB 2. I used to read a chapter from it and then the same chapter from Kaplan and Master the boards for Internal medicine. So in this way I read all three books side by side. Annotated all the important and additional points of MTB IM on MTB 2. My speed was very slow during the first read and sometimes I used to take even 4-5 days to do 1 chapter from 3 books. I didn’t watch any of the Kaplan lectures because I always fall asleep while watching them. Conrad fischer seems to be a good lecturer but I don’t like his style at all. He is slow and drifts away from the topic all the time. Its good for beginners or the people who have weak basic concepts or people who wana attach emotional feelings of conrad’s expression with the medicine. I enjoy medicine with its own flavor intact. people with strong base and good grasp can easily skip the lectures. You can watch 20 comprehensive clinical cases by Conrad fischer, I have watched 15 of them.

I made flash cards of all the most important things, I,e algorithms, important concepts and easily forgettable things, from all the 3 books.

After completion of first read in this way, i read all the flash cards once and started doing offline usmle world. Usmle world for IM is having almost 1300 questions. I used to attempt 2 blocks of 44 questions everyday and time my blocks manually. My avg score was around 82%.
This is the most important learning tool available for the step 2. Try to grasp every concept from it and don’t try to hurry up and leave the minor details unattended. Give it a due respect and it will pay you back. I could hardly read the explanation for maximum 60-70 questions in a day. I kept my tradition of making flash cards alive and made almost 350 flash cards of important and new details of uworld from medicine. took pictures of questions which were having lot of details which I cant write it down on flashcards. In this way I completed my first read of medicine in almost 2 months.

Important resources: most important and must for CK is MTB 2 and Usmle world. MTB IM is a great book and its upto you if you want to read it. So its optional. Regarding Kaplan for medicine, its just full of crap. Nothing useful. Becoz CK is all about knowing the specifics of stepwise management and Kaplan did that job pathetically. Management is written all in haphazard fashion and even if you read a topic twice or thrice you’ll not get any idea of managing the patient when you come across a tricky question. So, in my opinion even if you are keen enough to read Kaplan then give only one read and nothing more.

On exam: Medicine makes the major portion of exam, so you should better hit it hard. They will ask you everything. Sometimes even from the same topics you can get 4-5 questions asked from different angles. Xrays, CTs, MRIs will come. so all along the prep keep looking for them on internet. Google images are fine. Heart sounds and murmurs will also come, ECGs were very simple. I got 4 of them. There will be lot of vague questions and you have to keep your exclusion mode always on. Exclusion is the only way to deal with those tricky ones. But remember, majority(~50%) of the questions will be straight forward, around 35% will be tricky but you can eventually find an answer by exclusion, 10-15% will be vague and will confuse you between 2 answer choices and you have to select the better option.

Gynecology and obstetrics:

Started with MTB 3 obs and gynae portion. It’s a great revision book for all the subjects except medicine(for medicine its MTB 2).
After MTB 3, I started Kaplan without lectures. But most of my seniors stressed so much on the lectures so I had to swallow this bitter pill anyway. I watched obstetrics lectures and they were good but at the end of obs lectures I was not having enough courage to watch gynae section so I just skipped it.
Read MTB 3 again after Kaplan and then started doing usmle world offline. My pattern of doing the uworld was same as I have mentioned for Internal medicine and my average score in gynae obs was 84%.
Made flash cards all along the way and read them once after completion of first read of gyane obs.

Important resources: I would stress on the importance of Kaplan here. It’s a great book for gynae obs and combining it with MTB 3 and usmle world makes it all amazing

On exam: gynae and obstetrics questions were mostly the sequence questions. It was heavily tested. There was no specific areas they were hitting. I was thinking that they asked almost everything.
Pediatrics:

Started with MTB 3. Its awesome, covers most of the important and high yield stuff efficiently. After doing MTB 3, I started Kaplan. Kaplan also did a fine job for pediatrics. I used no lectures at all. After completion of the first read, started uworld and ended up with avg score of 82%.

Most important resource for pediatrics is MTB 3 and Uworld. But you cant skip Kaplan for pediatrics also, specially the first 70 pages of Kaplan are very important.

On exam, pediatrics was heavily tested but most of the things were covered by uworld and MTB3.

Surgery:

Started with MTB3 and then did kaplan. Trauma part is the most important in surgery and most of the questions from surgery in exam will definatly be involving all aspects of trauma. So, do it very well. Did offline uworld for surgery after doing Kaplan and MTB3 and ended up with score of 81%

In exam, there will be very minor portion of questions from surgery. Mostly 3-4 questions in a block.

Psychiatry:
Started with MTB 3 and then did Kaplan. MTB 3 is a good book but it doesn’t cover epidemiology and biostats portion, so you have to do Kaplan for it anyway. Rest of the psychiatry is pretty similar to the step 1’s behavioural sciences.
Did uworld with avg score of 80%.

On exam: in contrary to the other people’s experience I got a lot of psych questions. Specially in the later half of my exam. And they were mostly confusing. Biostats and epidemiology was pretty straightforward. Got 4 questions on NNT. Drug ads were very simple. abstract questions were little time consuming but doable.

So in this way I completed my first read of everything including uworld in almost 3 months and 10 days.


Second read: (20 days)

Second read was pretty fast as compared to the first. Did only MTB 2 for internal medicine in 4-5 days with all the annotated stuff. Did Kaplan and mtb3 for gynae obs, surgery and pediatrics. For psychiatry I did only MTB 3 and biostats portion from Kaplan.

Revised all my flash cards which were over 1500 in number 2-3 days.

And took nbme 4 on 2nd july 2013. Got 250 on it
time was the major problem in nbme. Question stems were long that’s why it was very difficult to manage time.

After getting 250 I was bit relieved. Then with only 16 days in my hand, I took online subscription for USMLE world. Started doing 5-6 blocks per day and read the explanations of only the incorrect questions, which were not many. I Did 46 out of 51 blocks in timed, random mode in 9 days And got and average score of 92%.
After that I revised the weak areas of nbme and revised whole pediatrics coz that was the weakest area on nbme. That took almost 4 days.
After that I took uworld self assessment 3 days before exam and got 265.
Time management was again the major problem on my uwsa even I ran out of time in 1 block and missed 1 question.

In next 2 days I revised all my flash cards and on the last day I did nothing except watching movies and listening music. That’s it.

Slept around 8pm without any pills and got up at 5:30 am. I was fresh.

During exam, first 4 blocks were piece of cake. I was having a feeling that my exam is going very well. But after 4th one the concentration level was decreasing so that’s why I didn’t know what I was doing. But still I had an idea that its fine. 7th and 8th block were very difficult, having lot of psychiatry questions and I was exhausted too. Time management was not an issue in first 4-5 blocks but in later part of the exam I was having hard time managing the time but at the end it went well and I didn’t miss any question.

When I was out of test center, it was the best feeling of the world that finally its over. I didn’t think about the exam very much and tried to keep myself busy in some other things but last week before the result reporting date was the most difficult one to handle. I was having all the mixed thought and feeling of fear. But eventually, I did it. Thanks God
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dats such a nice score and u realy deserve it as u hve did very hard work...btw can u help m...i m doing step 2 ck first..so can u recommend wut should i read from step 1??i mean i hve already read immunology, microbilogy, pharma from first aid as sme1 told m 2 do dt..is there anythng else dt i should read from step 1 course...btw from where u did xray, ct, and ecg...thanks 4 ur help..enjy ur day..
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Its been a month since i gave step 1 got score on 7th august 231. Did mtb and kaplan bank for some subjects 60-65% average. Still feel fresh about the subjects. Watched conrads cardio but i agree it makes me asleep and im losing time watching them like movies. Now i have to start seriously planned can u please recommend me to skip doing kaplan lecture notes at least in Medicine? Read a lot here havent heard from anyone kaplan notes did any good job for their score. But everyone has done it so ... Confused and losing time in thinking about skipping it or not
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COngratulation, you aced this in a Big way.

Thanks a lot for a detailed account regarding prep and the exam.

I am Still in the final yr and giving finals in coming month. i linked it with step2Ck prep and almost done with my first read with kaplan. I havn't written for step 1 yet.
I plan to give step 2Ck first by the end of yr.

I will be covering path, pharma and behavior sciences from step 1. you mentioned psychiatry was really tough. Well i havn't done psychiatry yet as you first hand know in pakistan, psychiatry isn't given much respect in undergraduate. How should i approach psychiatry?
and is doing kaplan Qbank or usmlerx useful?

everyone has talked about the recent changes in question bank, your thoughts on that?

and lastly, any advise how to reach the goal of 260? everyone does the same thing but some comes short while other achieve this hallmark. what u think helped you in achieving mashallah this great score?
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congrats boss

one question, would you say UWSA is a good predictor of score? and of the test itself?
i scored 240 today, am i at 240 level or did it overpredict?
(i ask because i did nbme4 2weeks ago and scored 217)

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dats such a nice score and u realy deserve it as u hve did very hard work...btw can u help m...i m doing step 2 ck first..so can u recommend wut should i read from step 1??i mean i hve already read immunology, microbilogy, pharma from first aid as sme1 told m 2 do dt..is there anythng else dt i should read from step 1 course...btw from where u did xray, ct, and ecg...thanks 4 ur help..enjy ur day..


i think you should study for step 2 ck now and assess yourself with NBME and UWSA, if you get any weak areas which cant be covered by step 2 ck books then read that specific portion from step 1. otherwise focus on step 2 ck.
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Its been a month since i gave step 1 got score on 7th august 231. Did mtb and kaplan bank for some subjects 60-65% average. Still feel fresh about the subjects. Watched conrads cardio but i agree it makes me asleep and im losing time watching them like movies. Now i have to start seriously planned can u please recommend me to skip doing kaplan lecture notes at least in Medicine? Read a lot here havent heard from anyone kaplan notes did any good job for their score. But everyone has done it so ... Confused and losing time in thinking about skipping it or not

give 1 read to kaplan internal medicine. you never know what helps in the real exam... coz at the end of the day, 1 word is enough to get your question right.
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COngratulation, you aced this in a Big way.

Thanks a lot for a detailed account regarding prep and the exam.

I am Still in the final yr and giving finals in coming month. i linked it with step2Ck prep and almost done with my first read with kaplan. I havn't written for step 1 yet.
I plan to give step 2Ck first by the end of yr.

I will be covering path, pharma and behavior sciences from step 1. you mentioned psychiatry was really tough. Well i havn't done psychiatry yet as you first hand know in pakistan, psychiatry isn't given much respect in undergraduate. How should i approach psychiatry?
and is doing kaplan Qbank or usmlerx useful?

everyone has talked about the recent changes in question bank, your thoughts on that?

and lastly, any advise how to reach the goal of 260? everyone does the same thing but some comes short while other achieve this hallmark. what u think helped you in achieving mashallah this great score?

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psychiatry is more or less similar to step 1. so, i would say if you want the basic knowledge then read Behavioural science along with lectures.

as far as kaplan q bank and usmle Rx is concerned, i havn't done it during my prep. but i heard that they are waste of time. if you have time, do usmle world twice.

reaching 260 is very easy, if you are sincere with yourself and give your best shot. plus solid step 1 knowledge helps big time.
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congrats boss

one question, would you say UWSA is a good predictor of score? and of the test itself?
i scored 240 today, am i at 240 level or did it overpredict?
(i ask because i did nbme4 2weeks ago and scored 217)

thanks.

yes, in my case it was very accurate. but ultimately it depends upon the exam day that how you perform. coz time managment, control on anxiety and keeping your focus are the main things you have to manage and your score will be more or less equal to UWSA.

NBME 4 underpredicts.
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thanks 4 ur advic...btw from where u did xray, and ct scans...btw is it possible 4 u 2 share ur notes with us..as it might hlep sme1....thanks..may god give u mre sucess
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psychiatry is more or less similar to step 1. so, i would say if you want the basic knowledge then read Behavioural science along with lectures.

as far as kaplan q bank and usmle Rx is concerned, i havn't done it during my prep. but i heard that they are waste of time. if you have time, do usmle world twice.

reaching 260 is very easy, if you are sincere with yourself and give your best shot. plus solid step 1 knowledge helps big time.
alright! thanks a lot. This is quite motivating and you have no idea what a big help you have been. Cheers and best of luck with the match
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. took pictures of questions which were having lot of details which I cant write it down on flashcards. In this way I completed my first read of medicine in almost 2 months.
Congratulations on your great score.
how did you take pictures of usmleworld questions? I would like to do this too when there are too many details to write down. thanks for sharing your experience in detail.
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thanks 4 ur advic...btw from where u did xray, and ct scans...btw is it possible 4 u 2 share ur notes with us..as it might hlep sme1....thanks..may god give u mre sucess

I searched google images all the time along the prep.for xray ct and MRI
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thanks for sharing and congratulation ,
did you have alot CT, MRI , ? and what about ECG , were you able to solve the question without it ?

one more thing , how many drug ads and experiments did you have in all your exam

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thanks for sharing and congratulation ,
did you have alot CT, MRI , ? and what about ECG , were you able to solve the question without it ?

one more thing , how many drug ads and experiments did you have in all your exam

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I have got reasonable no of CT and MRIs but all were very easy to comprehend.
ECGs were basic e.g Infarction, wpw, SVT, Heart blocks.

i got 3 drug ads and 3-4 research based questions. drug ads were very easy but research based questions were little confusing coz i was running short of time and thats why i couldn't pay lot of attention to them.
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I have got reasonable no of CT and MRIs but all were very easy to comprehend.
ECGs were basic e.g Infarction, wpw, SVT, Heart blocks.

i got 3 drug ads and 3-4 research based questions. drug ads were very easy but research based questions were little confusing coz i was running short of time and thats why i couldn't pay lot of attention to them.
how was biostats? simple or complex?
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I appreciate your time in writing the details of your plan. I very carefully read it and made appropriate changes to mine.
Could you please tell me any extra source apart from UW for preparation of research and drug ad questions?
My friend who wrote recently also got around 9 qs combined from research abstract and drug ads. I am very weak in these areas.
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"After completion of first read in this way, i read all the flash cards once and started doing offline usmle world. Usmle world for IM is having almost 1300 questions. I used to attempt 2 blocks of 44 questions everyday and time my blocks manually. My avg score was around 82%."



hi u said about doing u world offline got an avg score..? did u have the questions in pdf format? and how did you calculate the scores offline?
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thank you for thw eonderful insight,,,i just wanted to know isnot mtb2 enough for surgery ,obs,,,do we need mtb3 for these subjects
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Congratulations On such an amazing score! I m starting my step2 prep from today and I m going to follow ur guidelines. I wanted to ask u isn't first aid important for step2? I dont know much about ck books that's y wanted to make sure. all the best for it journey may u get success at every step
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Firs of all,let me congratulate you on your amazing achievement.That is a real good score(USMLE step 2CK).

At the same time I wish to thank you for having written such an elobarated and clear article of your personal experience.

I did my USMLE step 2CK recently and I am afraid I did not get through the exam and I have thinking of re-writing the exam once again.I do not have any direction or any mentor over here since there is no-one doing or have done the above mentioned exam.Your article has given me a clear idea as to how I can start preparing for the exam in the most efficient methodical approach.I really grateful for that.I think my first time preparation was not correct at all. I can now see where I really went wrong.

Would it be ok,if I were to contact you via USMLE-FORUM,if I come across any confusions or doubts during my preparation ? For the moment,I do not think I will get any confusions as you have given such a clear direction.

You did mention about your dad and I hope he is feeling well and on the mend.

Thanks once again
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Great stuff bnp but my question is: how did you calculate your average score on offline uworld, since it's just videos of questions???
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Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing post.

as I can see KLN at least one time is necesssary for a great score.
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Step 2 CK Experience
(2012 Graduate from Pakistan)

Score: 265

Before going into the details I would like to thank Allah SWT for giving me such an honor of high scores. I canít thank him enough for this blessing.


I have read countless number of experiences on different USMLE forums and finally tried to give my best shot based on my aptitude and way of learning.

Prep time: 4.5 months

Exam date: 18 July 2013 Result reported on: 7th August 2013

USMLE step 1 scores: 254 (result report date 16 January 2013)

Material used:
Internal medicine: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for Step 2 ck
Master the boards for Internal medicine

Pediatrics: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for Step 3

Gynae & obs: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for step 3.

Psychiatry: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for step 3.

Surgery: Kaplan lecture notes
Master the boards for step 3.

Question resources: USMLE world question bank and nothing else
Assessment exams: NBME 4(16 days before exam date)-------------250
UWSA(3 days before exam date)-----------------265

Preparation experience:
After the step 1 result was out in mid of January 2013, I was very motivated to start the step 2 CK preparation as I was only left with this exam in order to apply for this yearís residency match. So, I called all my seniors the same day and worked out my plan of action. At the very beginning I had a goal to take the exam up till the mid of June with the score of 260+.
So, the very next day I started preparation with the first target set on internal medicine. Here I would like to emphasize the importance of taking step 2 immediately after passing step 1. Step 1 is way more complex, extensive, time taking and foundation building exam as compared to step 2. Time spent on step 1 and the extensive study pays off in both exams because step 2 is not all about investigations and treatment and lot of people say that there is no correlation between both exams but keep in your mind you will be tested on pathophysiology, pharmacology and immunology stuff on CK which you will only know to the core if you read them extensively in your step 1 because most of the CK books do not cover those topics very well.
e.g I have got 2 mechanism of actions of drugs which I have read in pharma for step 1, two questions from Fragile X-syndrome which can only be covered by genetics which you must have studied very well during your step 1. Secondly the course for psychiatry is almost same as behavioral sciences thatís why keeping both exams in a row will help you better correlate and reinforce your basic and clinical sciences together.
Bottom line, donít go for very long vacations after step 1 result. Just suffer sometime more for CK and then do whatever you want.



I started internal medicine preparation but in February my Dad got MI superimposed on CHF, he went into ARF and shock liver. It was the most difficult time for the whole family, and I being the only doctor in the family was more into it. During this time I stayed by his side and look after him being a Son, and a doctor. Thanks God he recovered from all this completely and came home healthy. So eventually I started my preparation once again from 3rd march, 2013. The things which I studied from internal medicine before were all out of mind so I started fresh once again.


FIRST READ: (3 months and 10 days)
Internal medicine:

Started first read with MTB 2. I used to read a chapter from it and then the same chapter from Kaplan and Master the boards for Internal medicine. So in this way I read all three books side by side. Annotated all the important and additional points of MTB IM on MTB 2. My speed was very slow during the first read and sometimes I used to take even 4-5 days to do 1 chapter from 3 books. I didnít watch any of the Kaplan lectures because I always fall asleep while watching them. Conrad fischer seems to be a good lecturer but I donít like his style at all. He is slow and drifts away from the topic all the time. Its good for beginners or the people who have weak basic concepts or people who wana attach emotional feelings of conradís expression with the medicine. I enjoy medicine with its own flavor intact. people with strong base and good grasp can easily skip the lectures. You can watch 20 comprehensive clinical cases by Conrad fischer, I have watched 15 of them.

I made flash cards of all the most important things, I,e algorithms, important concepts and easily forgettable things, from all the 3 books.

After completion of first read in this way, i read all the flash cards once and started doing offline usmle world. Usmle world for IM is having almost 1300 questions. I used to attempt 2 blocks of 44 questions everyday and time my blocks manually. My avg score was around 82%.
This is the most important learning tool available for the step 2. Try to grasp every concept from it and donít try to hurry up and leave the minor details unattended. Give it a due respect and it will pay you back. I could hardly read the explanation for maximum 60-70 questions in a day. I kept my tradition of making flash cards alive and made almost 350 flash cards of important and new details of uworld from medicine. took pictures of questions which were having lot of details which I cant write it down on flashcards. In this way I completed my first read of medicine in almost 2 months.

Important resources: most important and must for CK is MTB 2 and Usmle world. MTB IM is a great book and its upto you if you want to read it. So its optional. Regarding Kaplan for medicine, its just full of crap. Nothing useful. Becoz CK is all about knowing the specifics of stepwise management and Kaplan did that job pathetically. Management is written all in haphazard fashion and even if you read a topic twice or thrice youíll not get any idea of managing the patient when you come across a tricky question. So, in my opinion even if you are keen enough to read Kaplan then give only one read and nothing more.

On exam: Medicine makes the major portion of exam, so you should better hit it hard. They will ask you everything. Sometimes even from the same topics you can get 4-5 questions asked from different angles. Xrays, CTs, MRIs will come. so all along the prep keep looking for them on internet. Google images are fine. Heart sounds and murmurs will also come, ECGs were very simple. I got 4 of them. There will be lot of vague questions and you have to keep your exclusion mode always on. Exclusion is the only way to deal with those tricky ones. But remember, majority(~50%) of the questions will be straight forward, around 35% will be tricky but you can eventually find an answer by exclusion, 10-15% will be vague and will confuse you between 2 answer choices and you have to select the better option.

Gynecology and obstetrics:

Started with MTB 3 obs and gynae portion. Itís a great revision book for all the subjects except medicine(for medicine its MTB 2).
After MTB 3, I started Kaplan without lectures. But most of my seniors stressed so much on the lectures so I had to swallow this bitter pill anyway. I watched obstetrics lectures and they were good but at the end of obs lectures I was not having enough courage to watch gynae section so I just skipped it.
Read MTB 3 again after Kaplan and then started doing usmle world offline. My pattern of doing the uworld was same as I have mentioned for Internal medicine and my average score in gynae obs was 84%.
Made flash cards all along the way and read them once after completion of first read of gyane obs.

Important resources: I would stress on the importance of Kaplan here. Itís a great book for gynae obs and combining it with MTB 3 and usmle world makes it all amazing

On exam: gynae and obstetrics questions were mostly the sequence questions. It was heavily tested. There was no specific areas they were hitting. I was thinking that they asked almost everything.
Pediatrics:

Started with MTB 3. Its awesome, covers most of the important and high yield stuff efficiently. After doing MTB 3, I started Kaplan. Kaplan also did a fine job for pediatrics. I used no lectures at all. After completion of the first read, started uworld and ended up with avg score of 82%.

Most important resource for pediatrics is MTB 3 and Uworld. But you cant skip Kaplan for pediatrics also, specially the first 70 pages of Kaplan are very important.

On exam, pediatrics was heavily tested but most of the things were covered by uworld and MTB3.

Surgery:

Started with MTB3 and then did kaplan. Trauma part is the most important in surgery and most of the questions from surgery in exam will definatly be involving all aspects of trauma. So, do it very well. Did offline uworld for surgery after doing Kaplan and MTB3 and ended up with score of 81%

In exam, there will be very minor portion of questions from surgery. Mostly 3-4 questions in a block.

Psychiatry:
Started with MTB 3 and then did Kaplan. MTB 3 is a good book but it doesnít cover epidemiology and biostats portion, so you have to do Kaplan for it anyway. Rest of the psychiatry is pretty similar to the step 1ís behavioural sciences.
Did uworld with avg score of 80%.

On exam: in contrary to the other peopleís experience I got a lot of psych questions. Specially in the later half of my exam. And they were mostly confusing. Biostats and epidemiology was pretty straightforward. Got 4 questions on NNT. Drug ads were very simple. abstract questions were little time consuming but doable.

So in this way I completed my first read of everything including uworld in almost 3 months and 10 days.


Second read: (20 days)

Second read was pretty fast as compared to the first. Did only MTB 2 for internal medicine in 4-5 days with all the annotated stuff. Did Kaplan and mtb3 for gynae obs, surgery and pediatrics. For psychiatry I did only MTB 3 and biostats portion from Kaplan.

Revised all my flash cards which were over 1500 in number 2-3 days.

And took nbme 4 on 2nd july 2013. Got 250 on it
time was the major problem in nbme. Question stems were long thatís why it was very difficult to manage time.

After getting 250 I was bit relieved. Then with only 16 days in my hand, I took online subscription for USMLE world. Started doing 5-6 blocks per day and read the explanations of only the incorrect questions, which were not many. I Did 46 out of 51 blocks in timed, random mode in 9 days And got and average score of 92%.
After that I revised the weak areas of nbme and revised whole pediatrics coz that was the weakest area on nbme. That took almost 4 days.
After that I took uworld self assessment 3 days before exam and got 265.
Time management was again the major problem on my uwsa even I ran out of time in 1 block and missed 1 question.

In next 2 days I revised all my flash cards and on the last day I did nothing except watching movies and listening music. Thatís it.

Slept around 8pm without any pills and got up at 5:30 am. I was fresh.

During exam, first 4 blocks were piece of cake. I was having a feeling that my exam is going very well. But after 4th one the concentration level was decreasing so thatís why I didnít know what I was doing. But still I had an idea that its fine. 7th and 8th block were very difficult, having lot of psychiatry questions and I was exhausted too. Time management was not an issue in first 4-5 blocks but in later part of the exam I was having hard time managing the time but at the end it went well and I didnít miss any question.

When I was out of test center, it was the best feeling of the world that finally its over. I didnít think about the exam very much and tried to keep myself busy in some other things but last week before the result reporting date was the most difficult one to handle. I was having all the mixed thought and feeling of fear. But eventually, I did it. Thanks God


AMAZING TIPS! thank u very much!!!!!
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I would like to start off by saying, great result! This is absolutely huge and something that I wish to attain someday for myself. If I may ask, is there anywhere that you posted your work for step 1 as your score is something that I would aspire for and I would love to know exactly what books, methods and time you spent to get that score. As far as step 2 CK goes, I'll definitely be bookmarking this for future study. Great job!
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congrats and thank you
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Congratulations mate!
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Thanks for the advice.
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Congratulations! Best wishes.
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