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Old 05-07-2014
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Info help regrding step 2ck

can any tel plz guide me how to strt prep for step 2 ck nd wat books should i much time is required for step 2ck....
one thing more is it beter to give step 1 or not?

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Old 05-08-2014
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I think it's hard to give you a clear answer on this one. It really depends on where you are at in your training and work.

For example, if you are already working and are comfortable with clinical knowledge, you may get away with just doing questions to prepare. I had been working as a doctor in my country for a few years and I used USMLE World Q-bank for my Step 2 CK prep together with First Aid. I scored a 242, which I was happy with.

If you're still in med school or if you're not comfortable with your clinical knowledge, it may make more sense to start Step 1 first. Reason being, Step 1 is the most important exam in terms of scoring well. You want to make sure you put in a lot of solid effort to do well. Doing Step 2 not long after Step 2 means that you really have a good foundational knowledge of all of the diseases, and so you may have more "pegs" to hang your knowledge on.

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Old 05-10-2014
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If you are an IMG it is better to do Step 1 before Step 2 CK, a lot of knowledge you get with Step 1 preparation is going to be really helpful when you are taking Step 2 CK.

Material for Step 2 CK:
  • Master the boards for Step 2 and for Step 3
  • Secrets for the USMLE Step 2
  • Kaplan lecture notes for Step 2
  • USMLE world qbank
  • Kaplan Qbank
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