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Old 05-06-2012
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This may look premature because I've not even given my Step 1 yet but I want to gather my prep material before my Step1 exam so that I may start with prep right away. I'm a slow learner.

I am not sure whether I should give CS first or CK?
I'm very slow with theoretical learning but am reasonably OK with cases. What all should I prepare from and how much time does CS prep take usually?
I have 4 years clinical experience in my country but concepts are rusty.
I'm a non American IMG. I'm also not able to focus on more than one type of exam format at a time.

So what should I do? Get CS out of the way and then concentrate on CK or do CK first and then go on to do CS?

Please advice me.
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First concentrate on your step one and then think about this. Does not make a difference whether you appear for CK first or CS.

If you are planning to do an observership after Step 1, you can club CS with that.
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Hi
This may look premature because I've not even given my Step 1 yet but I want to gather my prep material before my Step1 exam so that I may start with prep right away. I'm a slow learner.

I am not sure whether I should give CS first or CK?
I'm very slow with theoretical learning but am reasonably OK with cases. What all should I prepare from and how much time does CS prep take usually?
I have 4 years clinical experience in my country but concepts are rusty.
I'm a non American IMG. I'm also not able to focus on more than one type of exam format at a time.

So what should I do? Get CS out of the way and then concentrate on CK or do CK first and then go on to do CS?

Please advice me.
if u ve been practicing then go for CS cos then u ll need ten days only to prepare.if u ve been practicing in int. med i would suggest go for ck before step1.step 1 needs a lot of time when its already been a long time u were nt in touch with basic sciences.i can suggest this based on my personnel experience i graduated in 2007 n then had 2 yrs experience but i went for step 1 n spent 9 mons on tht and then after tht i went for ck which i gave in 2 mons and i made a mistake of keeping cs for the end and fixing two mons later date. n while preparing for it i realized i did nt need more than 10 days if i had given cs first i would ve been done with all 3 steps now but now im stuck waiting for the result.
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if u ve been practicing then go for CS cos then u ll need ten days only to prepare.if u ve been practicing in int. med i would suggest go for ck before step1.step 1 needs a lot of time when its already been a long time u were nt in touch with basic sciences.i can suggest this based on my personnel experience i graduated in 2007 n then had 2 yrs experience but i went for step 1 n spent 9 mons on tht and then after tht i went for ck which i gave in 2 mons and i made a mistake of keeping cs for the end and fixing two mons later date. n while preparing for it i realized i did nt need more than 10 days if i had given cs first i would ve been done with all 3 steps now but now im stuck waiting for the result.
I face the same dilemma. I graduated in 2008 and have worked since then but mostly in surgical setting. Resigned my job a month back to concentrate full time on study.
I will definitely keep your advice in mind.
What did you prepare from for CS?
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hi
just wanted to share my opinion w/u
I took cs before step1 and before ck I worked on it for like a month used csevideo and fa my edu is kinda mixed up did part of med school stopped went back and now finishing the last 6 months of rotations while doing exams, Im doing rotations now and its helps alot with cs but if you are in the med field that should also be a good for the cs exam
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