I was happy with my Step 1 score, but planned to take Step 2 CK well before applying for IM residency, and to ultimately pursue a highly competitive sub-specialty, gastroenterology. I knew I had to make my Step 2 CK score count. Four weeks after my test day, I received my results, and I was shocked. I scored a
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I was happy with my Step 1 score, but planned to take Step 2 CK well before applying for IM residency, and to ultimately pursue a highly competitive sub-specialty, gastroenterology. I knew I had to make my Step 2 CK score count. Four weeks after my test day, I received my results, and I was shocked. I scored a While many with high scores will say that the key to their success was sheer time and effort, I took a more strategic approach, which I believe allowed for my success on test day.
This can be challenging because what you learn on the wards may not have any relevance to how you are assessed on the shelf. If you think about it, what you see and are taught on the wards is essentially random. To do well on these exams, you need a comprehensive foundation, which in my case was built using UWorld and OnlineMedEd videos. A significant number of students use too many resources without reviewing any of them in sufficient depth. All the content you need to master for Step 2 CK can be found in the UWorld explanations, and OME is a great way to learn that content in a more efficient way.
In addition to mastering content, test-taking technique is crucial for USMLE success, and unless you have the option of tutoring, the only way to hone these skills is through practice questions. Take frequent, short minute breaks. Take a day off from studying periodically, exercise and maybe even meditate.
For such an important exam, the change fees were money well spent, and ultimately everything worked out. The boards can cause extreme anxiety. But once you have a test date, try your best to stick to it, or you can find yourself constantly pushing back your test date and self-doubting, preventing the most efficient study plan, and risking burnout.
We all worry we might fail; I did, and I ended up getting a
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Do they withstand rational scrutiny? However, med student forums still give me pangs of anxiety, with all of their distress and breathless dogma. If you can brave forums without getting palpitations, share it in the comments and I will update this article. This is perhaps the most common advice I heard as a medical student. I ignored it.
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Build your own quizzes with realistic practice questions. QBank is also available for Step 1 and Step 3. Want to practice in Spanish? Practice for the Step 2CK with exam questions, now in Spanish, covering a range of clinical science topics, such as internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and surgery. Read More Customizable Kaplan QBanks let you to create tailored quizzes that can be adapted to your needs throughout your practice, allowing you to target your areas of opportunity. Focus your quizzes by question type or subject area.