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Question Do we need to see textbooks for CS?

I have a question regarding CS preparation for those people who took their CS before CK.
Do we need to know more then what is given in First Aid or uworld cases for making diagnosis and counseling patient.
We may be getting varieties of cases so is it necessary to have a quick look of likely cases which we may encounter during CS.
Actually I am more concerned regarding gynae/obs, pad, psychiatry and surgery as I covered most of the internal medicine.
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It's recommended that you take the CS exam after enrollment in enough clinical rotations that give you confidence when dealing with patients.

Also, it's recommended that you take the CS after you pass the CK exam (specially in the case of undergrad) because the the CK prep gives you good solid background upon which you build your clinical skills.

There are no textbooks for the CS exam. There are only short comprehensive books listed here, these books are enough, but only after you finish building enough knowledge and clinical experience.

Also have a look here
The Best Way to Prepare for CS Exam (What is Enough?)
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I know it is easier to take cs after CK but some people have given their CS before taking step 2 CK ,so just wanted to know how these people did so ,did they review textbooks for commonly encountered cases so that they can make quick d/ds n investigations even though they hadn't gone thru CK text throughly.
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I know it is easier to take cs after CK but some people have given their CS before taking step 2 CK ,so just wanted to know how these people did so ,did they review textbooks for commonly encountered cases so that they can make quick d/ds n investigations even though they hadn't gone thru CK text throughly.
Most of the people who have done the CS before the CK are graduates with enough clinical experience, so they did not read textbooks for the CS.
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