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Hi,
I am just out of medical school... last month of internship. applied for step 2. took Aug, Sept ,Oct period. But now I am scared! should I have applied for step 1 earlier. I did well in med skool, I know an overall view of pre-clinicals but not really strong on it!
Advice please! :(
 

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Don't be scared

According to this poll
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-topics-recommended-threads/1223-step-take-first.html
Members have opted for starting Step 1 before Step 2.

However, that does not mean taking Step 2 is a complete mistake.

Some students think that taking Step 2 right after completing medical school is a good idea as you are still fresh with the clinical info and so it would be easy for you to ace it.

Other students think that building up from the ground with Step 1 knowledge prepare you for a better CK prep later.

In my view, I think that both exam are intermingled and one depends on the other. Pathophysiology is needed to answer CK questions and on the other hand clinical knowledge is also needed to answer the increasingly clinical Step 1.

So I think the first step you take (whether Step 1 or CK) is going to be more difficult as you need to widen your knowledge to encompass as much as you can.
 

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Nothing to be scared

hey your decision is not at all wrong...many people take step 2 before step 1 and they get excellent scores such as >95 and as u say u have done good in your med school u must be having good grips on clinical subjects...and as you are fresh pass out...you should not have any problem in that...bt still if you want and if you have time wt you can do is you can go through a book called Goljan rapid review for pathology for step 1...many people say that the book is for step 1 but it shares many concepts for answering questions for step 2 ck...so it might help you but you can take ur step 2 without reading the book also if you are confident...so up to you...so don't be scared and all the best for your test..
 

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I would never take step 2 before 1

Hi,
I am just out of medical school... last month of internship. applied for step 2. took Aug, Sept ,Oct period. But now I am scared! should I have applied for step 1 earlier. I did well in med skool, I know an overall view of pre-clinicals but not really strong on it!
Advice please! :(
I would never take step 2 before step 1
reason is step one is harder, step one is a good study for step two,
You need to get step one behind you, many have passed step two and failed step one multiple times.

Proper preparing for step one is essential and can take some 9 months or more.

Medical school and how well you did has little to do with step one success, I had a 3.6 GPA in Medical school and failed step one, I had a lot of revision to do before I passed it.

Regardless of what others are telling you, its getting harder and harder for FMG's and IMG's

Good Luck
 

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hey your decision is not at all wrong...many people take step 2 before step 1 and they get excellent scores such as >95 and as u say u have done good in your med school u must be having good grips on clinical subjects...and as you are fresh pass out...you should not have any problem in that...bt still if you want and if you have time wt you can do is you can go through a book called Goljan rapid review for pathology for step 1...many people say that the book is for step 1 but it shares many concepts for answering questions for step 2 ck...so it might help you but you can take ur step 2 without reading the book also if you are confident...so up to you...so don't be scared and all the best for your test..
I truly do not think this is true.

What one needs to be successful

1. Review material like Kaplan
2. Online Q banks, Kaplan/USMLE world/USMLERX
3. Take online NBME exams, 500 or better then you are ready for the Boards, 400 or less you need time to seriously revise.

Also I recommend Kaplan review courses and other books
FIrst Aid
Passing Basic science

these are truly need no matter how you did in medical school, medical school does not = the Boards and the Boards does not = real medicine.

You have to be prepared for the strangest and unreal type of situations on the boards, you have to understand Physio and Pharm in an experimental way, drugs are used in Questions in ways not used in reality.

Good Luck
 
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