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How To Study For USMLE Step 2 CK

If you are reading this post you probably already took and passed USMLE Step 1. Congratulations if you knocked that out of the park. I am sure now you are looking for sources and study tips for Step 2 CK. Many of you probably heard from your peers that USMLE Step 2 Ck is easier then Step 1. Well, I will tell you something that will help you better prepare for this beast. First of all, USMLE Step 1 materials are harder but the exam is easier. In Step 2 CK, the material is easy but the exam is hard. So do not take it lightly. The idea here is that, in Step 1, multiple choices has only one right answer. However, in Step 2 CK almost all the answer choices are right but you have to pick the best one, which makes it difficult. Now lets get to the main preparation part of this Step 2 journey.

Study Material: USMLE World + Yale G Refined Clinical Review Study Time: 6 Months

Now let me explain how to use the above method to score high on the exam.

USMLE World Includes:

  • Internal Medicine

  • Surgery

  • OB/GYN

  • Pediatrics

  • Psych

Start your preparation by reading the OB/GYN section of the Yale. Just read the OB/GYN section like a newspaper. Once you are done reading it once, do the questions on the back of the OB/GYN section. Now go back and read it again and memorize the important stuff that you need to memorize. It will take you about 4-5 days to read it twice. Once you are done reading the OB/GYN section of Yale twice, now you are ready for the USMLE World. Fire up UW and do the all the OB/GYN Question. Read the question and explanation carefully. Do not write anything in Yale's G. Instead, type up the notes and then print it and punch hole it and put it in Yale. This way your notes will be clear and easy to modify later on.

Now, that you are done with OB/GYN section. Start reading the Internal Medicine section from Yale. Read the entire IM section twice and then start with USMLE World. This should take you about 20 - 25 days. Do not write or type any notes. Just read USMLE World like a book while doing it. Once you are done with the internal medicine section from both UW and Yale. Now, repeat the same thing for Pediatrics, Surgery and Psych. This should take you all total about two months. Once you are done with Yale and UW now you are ready to take NBME 4. Do not be nervous. Go ahead and take NBME 4. It does not matter what you get. Once you are done with NBME go ahead and start with UW again. This time mixed and timed. Do not read Yale anymore. Just focus on UW. Finish UW in 16 days. If you do 3 blocks a day you should be done in 16 days. Once you are done with UW, take NBME 6. Once you are done with NBME 6. Do UW again in 16 days and take UWSA. If you average NBME 4, 6 and UWSA score and get over 235. Go ahead and sign up the exam and you should be good to go. Good luck!!!

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