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USMLE Books kaplan complex or first aid

please tell me which one is best first aid cs or kaplan complex case.
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Please have a look here
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Bump!!

Kaplan complex cases is a very well written book. The only problem is that it focuses on "complex" cases mostly. If the author wrote a book with the most high-yield cases, then it'd be the best.

For now, you cannot do better than FA. I wish I would've known this before I took the test. I focused on non-high yield things...and I have that horrible feeling I failed.
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please tell me which one is best first aid cs or kaplan complex case.
FA is the best book one can get for step 2 cs, tis is wat most of them say...
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Bump!!

Kaplan complex cases is a very well written book. The only problem is that it focuses on "complex" cases mostly. If the author wrote a book with the most high-yield cases, then it'd be the best.

For now, you cannot do better than FA. I wish I would've known this before I took the test. I focused on non-high yield things...and I have that horrible feeling I failed.
Hi tootsie! i hope you did great in your exam and those feelings you're talking about are just the normal post-exam jumpiness
I remember you mentioned in one post that you only practiced via skype, i'm practicing via skype only too, i'd like you to share your exam and preparation experience and how did you feel about the encounters in general... of course, write your exp if you have time. My exam is in 2 weeks and i'm a little
Thank you
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I will write my experience soon. To be honest, I feel horrible post exam.

I hate the fact that I looked into too many sources without concentrating mostly on the "bible" FA for CS.

The exam was extremely easy. I didn't do so good because I forgot many questions to ask and in my case it's not because of lack of practice (even though I didn't practice much) but because even if I memorized a script for each and every encounter, at the end of the day i'm bound to do what I mostly know what to do- IMPROVISE!

At this point, all I am certain about is that I washed my hands and that my English is impeccable (born and raised in US). Other than that, I don't think I smiled as much as people say to smile....I feel awkward showing so much teeth to a "sick" person.

I don't know whether the SP's liked me, but I certainly liked them. Not one of them was in a bad mood or dry as other people mention. They were for the most part very cooperative....I only had one difficult SP who rambled from the start (I think my role was to stop her, however I don't know how to cut a person off for the life of me).

I never once practiced a patient note. My patient notes were horrible. I grouped everything together as one big paragraph to save space and I think the people reading it surely will be bothered by that.

I wish I would've payed a course- not to teach me what I needed to know, but for me to get the feel of the exam. I don't want to take the test again...certainly I do believe that I failed...but if I were to do it again, I know now what to concentrate on-- FA!

I do hope that I passed but I highly doubt it with the number of mistakes that I made. Mostly forgetting----forgetting to ask certain questions, forgetting to do some physical exam maneuvers, forgetting to write on the PN what I did do inside, forgetting to counsel, forgetting, forgetting, forgetting, forgetting.

It's easy to remember the little stuff like draping, washing hands, heck...even remembering the footrest was easy.

Don't panic. It's an easy test. Don't take it too light, though. Don't make the mistake of not listening to the people here in the forum....when they said FA was enough...FA was and is enough.
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Thanx for your reply.
Don't be too hard on yourself, try to relax and don't think about this... i know it's more easily said, but, go to the movies with your friends, go skiing if you are @ north or go to the beach if you're in a warm place... just do something now that you're done with this test and have some time with your loved ones, this way they can cheer you up and then you can get the energy you need to start studying for your next steps (if you still need to take step1 and/or 2ck) or (hopefully not) the step2cs again...
Wishing your the best,
And thanx again
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FA should be enough, KAPLAN CompleX is not necessary
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