Best Way To Prepare For USMLE Step 2 CK To Score Over 250

It's been awhile I did not blog. But I have some good news for those who are taking USMLE Step 2 CK. If you are studying for CK or planning to study for CK I am sure you have asked your friends about which resource to use and almost everyone will tell you to read Masters The Boards (MTB) 2 and 3 with USMLE World. Many people already scored high with these three resources. So when you try to study from these 3 resources I am sure you are thinking why isn't there 1 book just like Step 1's First Aid, where you can simply take notes from USMLE World on FA and keep on reviewing FA. Not only that, you don't even know which section to study from which MTB so at the end it becomes a mess and you will get irritated and it gets harder to review 2 books before the exam. 

Best Resource For USMLE Step 2 CK

For those who are looking to study from only 1 source and score 240+ on Step 2 CK there is a good news. For my Step 2 CK, I only used Yale-G's Refined Clinical Review. It is an amazing book and the author wrote this book by combining high yield information from USMLE World, Kaplan Lecture Notes, MTBs and USMLE Secrets. Almost everyone I know who used the book scored over 240 on their CK. It is easy to read and has almost all the high yield information from the USMLE World in a organized way. After going through the book my USMLE World scores averaged around 80. With that said, I will recommend this book to all my readers. Now you might think I must be advertising for the book. Not at all, just like you, I also have MTB and Kaplan Lecture notes. In fact I read the Master The Boards 2 and 3, they both are amazing but missing so many information that I almost got frustrated and bought Yale-G's Refined Clinical Review. The book is concise and to the point. I barely have to take any notes from USMLE World because almost all the points from the UW is in the book. Not only that, after every chapter the author included about 50 - 60 questions to drill the information into your head.

Give it a shot. You wouldn't regret it. In fact you can throw away all your other CK resources and stick to just Yale-G's Refined Clinical Review + UW. Read the book 3 times and do USMLE World 3 times. You will for sure ace the exam. Good luck on your studies! 

How To Study For USMLE Step 2 CS

First of all, I am extremely sorry for not being able to update the blog lately. I been busy moving from state to state. But I got some exciting study tips for the USMLE Step 2 CS. First thing first, do not take Step 2 CS lightly. I have heard many students saying its easy and only one week of study is enough for this exam. And some times you will even see these people passing just by studying for a week. Now do you want to take that risk? I hope not because everybody has different experience from their rotation which prepares them for CS. You might have a crapy experience from the rotation, which means you need more time to prepare for CS. Not only that, recently they made the exam harder since people were taking it lightly. So a good preparation is a must!

What is the ideal preparation time for CS? A good month and half preparation is all you need for the USMLE Step 2 CS. The resources that you want to use is the First Aid USMLE Step 2 CS and Kaplan CS Videos. That's all you need. Do not worry about Kaplan Lecture Notes or USMLE World. Remember the trick for CS is to stick to one source and know it very well!! If you use too many sources you will get confused and loose your flow of asking questions. Here are the steps you should follow when preparing for CS.

Kaplan Videos - Spend only 5 days watching these videos. They are usually 4 days long and goes over the exam day details, tips and pretty much everything you need to know for the exam

First Aid For USMLE Step 2 CS - Spend 10 days reading this book thoroughly. Make sure you spend plenty of time going over the mini cases. They are key to ace the CS. So know every single mini cases really well. And then go over all the practice cases in details. Here is a sample of how my practice case page looks like. This is the most effective method and works really well for everyone.

Study Partner - Lastly, you want to practice with a study partner till the last day of your exam. Go over every single practice cases with your study partner. Do not get more then one study partner as it is not effective. And make sure you stimulate the exam day experience when practicing. What I mean is, make sure you have the drape, grown, stethoscope and USMLE CS Note Page ready when you practice. Use the USMLE Practice Page to write down the notes once you are done with the patient encounter. Also you can use the smart phone app "USMLE CS Timer" to time the encounter.  Do not forget to read First Aid for CS everyday till the last day. You might get bored but stay focused! Many of you might have problem finding study partner due to the location. I have a friend who passed Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS. He is amazing and charges only $20 per case to practice. Not only that, his first hour is totally free. He will be the Standard patient and will also go over every single case with you thoroughly. If you are interested then please contact us

Good Luck Studying!

How To Get The Most Out of First Aid?

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is one of the most popular sources for Step 1. It helped so many medical students to pass the board. Now if you read many forums and blogs people might have different opinions. But, you have to realize that First Aid improved so much over the years and now it is pretty much a complete guide to pass the board. So if someone said that First Aid is not enough, then you should ask when they took the exam. Maybe, that person took the exam awhile back when First Aid wasn't complete. But I can tell you that First Aid was enough for me to score high on the board. Here are the answers to some of the questions you guys asked me:

How many times should you read First Aid?
If First Aid is the only source that you are using then you should be reading it at least 5 to 7 times during your overall preparation time. Remember, you can never go wrong with First Aid. My preparation heavily depended on First Aid and it helped me to score high on the Step 1. 

How long should you take to go over the entire First Aid?
It really depends on your reading speed. The first time when I read First Aid it took me around 21 days to read the entire book. But if you keep on read it over and over you will be able to finish it in 8 to 10 days. Now, I will warn you that first few times it might not make sense but as you keep on reading it you will be able to connect the dots and enjoy reading it. 

Two weeks before the exam First Aid or USMLE World?
I personally stopped USMLE World two weeks before the exam and just focused on First Aid. You should be finish your last reading of the entire book 2 days before the exam. And just go over the high yield materials that requires memorization on the last two days. 

What to read during the last month if you used sources other then First Aid for preparation?
Honestly, if you read any other sources like Kaplan or Goljan for preparation, you should stop reading them on your last month and just focus on First Aid. It will help you to maximize your point. So even if you read some other sources make sure at least on your last month you read First Aid. It also gives so many clues and mnemonics. 

Is First Aid Enough?
Yes it is enough if you use it with USMLE World. Make sure you write down any material from the USMLE World that is not on the First Aid. This way you wouldn't miss any important points. Now don't write the entire explanation from the UW. Just write down the important clues that guide you to the right answer. And read them over and over while going over First Aid.