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Question CK before CS?

Is it useful having studied for CK before sitting CS exam? Currently revising for step 1 and haven't done some step 2 subjects (peds, obgyn etc) for a while?

If not, prefer doing CS first as report comes back sooner and is easier to get ECFMG certified by September!
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Have a look here
IMGs: The most appropriate sequence of taking USMLE Steps?

Also the issue discussed before in the following threads;

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Thank you for taking the time to reply and attaching the links. Having read them however none of those post answer my question clearly regarding: does clinical knowledge gained in CK help when sitting CS or are they not that related?

Without doing CK, is it feasible to pass CS by studying for a full month?
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Ideally speaking CK is a necessity to be ready for the CS.
However, if you are a graduate then this means that you have enough clinical knowledge to hit on the CS before taking the CK.

In other words, if you are a graduate, you should have at least some basic knowledge about the diseases and conditions so that when you prepare for the CS you don't feel lost in a new world.

The CS exam is not about theoretical knowledge. You don't need to know the drug of choice for lyme disease to pass the CS and you don't need to know the extensive list of DDx for atrial fibrillation.

CS is just about clinical and communication skills. If you know how to take the history and conduct the exam and communicate with the SP in a professional manner then you are good to go.

But on the other hand, if you are still medical student and you still don't know that patients with chest pain might have MI or angina or the basic differential diagnosis for cough then yes, at that point I suggest you do the CK before CS.

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Thank you very much for that.

What about specialized subject such as peds, psych, obgyn, have not studied them for years, isn't a basic knowledge of them required?
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Absolutely not.
You won't be needing detailed knowledge in peds, obgyn, or psych.
Just some basic stuff which you'll find in the Step 2 CS Books.

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Thanks for that

I'm hoping to have sat part 1 by March and wanted to have as much time as possible to read for CK. If I spend March reading for CS it will allow my all of 4 months for CK which I can sit in beginning of August and be certified by September. Thats the reason I asked.
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