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Old 03-02-2014
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Default A Comprehensive Strategy for Step 2 CK

After scouring the forums for a couple of days Ive come up with this strategy.
It is open for discussion.

BACKGROUND
Step 1 already done with 240 score.
Poor clinical knowledge.
Starting Step2 with a 240+ goal.

PREFACE
I intend to do all the videos
I intend to read all the Kaplan books except for IM & Biostats/Ethics
I intend to use UW only, offline first and online just for practice
I intend to take 2 NBMEs and UWSA and use them for assessment

I intend to take the exam in 5.5 months

My intentions are not solid and are open for discussion and change.

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THE PLAN
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INTERNAL MEDICINE
Kaplan Videos + MTB2 + UW for the chapter noted into MTB2
No Kaplan book or MTB3.

PEDS / OBG / SURGERY / PSYCH
Kaplan Videos + Kaplan Books + MTB3 + UW for the chapter noted into MTB3
No MTB2

BIOSTATS EPIDEM / ETHICS
Kaplan Videos + Step1 FA + Step1 Kaplan Book + UW noted into MTB 2
Not entirely sure about this


this would take approx 3 months

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TAKE 1ST NBME
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REVISE MTB2(only IM) & MTB3(for all Others) + UW Marked and Incorrect
Supplement weak areas from NBME from Kaplan Books/Step Up?

This would take approx 1 month

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TAKE 2ND NBME
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Same as above but Online UW

This would take approx 1 month

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TAKE UWSA
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Final Revision of special notes identified in MTBs/Written Notes

This would take approx 15 days

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Take the Exam if still alive and sane, hopefully score 240+
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This is the master plan.
Any and all comments are welcome, feel free to ask me the rationale of any step.
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nothing? no one has an opinion?
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hey

i am in the middle of preparing for ck

why have u taken out MTB2 from PEDS / OBG / SURGERY / PSYCH ?
how many hours are you planning to study per day/ how many days per week?

good luck
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according to my forum searches MTB2 is inferior to MTB3 for these subjects. I have just started studying and I realize already that MTB2 and MTB3 are very different books.
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right now, full time studying but Ill be on duty at the end of this month.

this plan is heavily dependent on first read which is horribly difficult as I see but hopefully the fruits of this labor will make the subsequent 2 reads a breeze
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