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Most students enjoy their obstetrics and gynecology rotation because it offers a unique mix of surgery, clinic, and labor and delivery wards. However, for these same reasons, the obstetrics and gynecology NBME subject exam can be challenging. The following resources can help you prepare for this exam.

The 5 Best Step 2 Resources to Use on Your ObGyn Rotation 

1. UWorld and ACOG/APGO question banks

Like for every rotation, UWorld is a top-notch resource. Aim to complete all the questions and consider repeating them or at least re-doing your incorrect questions prior to the self. An additional question bank is available through the American College of Gynecology, but you must receive access through your home institution.

2. High-Yield Obstetrics and Gynecology by Emlar Sakala

High-Yield Obstetrics and Gynecology by Elmar Sakala is an excellent high-yield review book and a quick read. Aim to get through this book within the first week or two of the rotation and consider re-reading it in the week leading up to the shelf.

3. Case Files Obstetrics and Gynecology

Don't miss Case Files Obstetrics and Gynecology! This is a great review resource with 60 high-yield cases and questions. It is a quick read, but be cautious as some of the screening guidelines may be outdated.

4. Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology

Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology is a great reference but is very in-depth. Definitely worth the read if you are going into obstetrics and gynecology or if you have a longer rotation. Otherwise, it may be better used as a reference to review high-yield topics or subjects you find more difficult.

5. NBME subject exams

Aim to complete at least 1 of NBME subject exam before your shelf exam. They perfectly simulate your shelf exam and allow you to experience the interface and range of questions. Up to 4 practice exams are available for $20 each.

But my ObGyn rotation is a short one. Which of Step 2 resources are absolutely essential?

If your rotation is only 4 to 6 weeks, focus on reviewing UWorld, reading High-Yield Obstetrics and Gynecology, taking 1 or 2 NBME practice exams, and skimming select chapters in Blueprints.

For longer rotations or those interested in pursuing obstetrics and gynecology, consider adding case-files or a more in-depth review of Blueprints.

The obstetrics and gynecology subject exam can be challenging, but there are a number of excellent resources to help you prepare.

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Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens

Originally from the Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati, OH, Mike finished his undergraduate degree at a small Kentucky liberal arts school called Thomas More University. From there, he attended medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where he was involved in the Medical Student Government, Dermatology Interest Group, and University City community clinic. He is currently completing an preliminary internship in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA and will be staying for dermatology residency at the Harvard combined program. Outside of medicine, Mike enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and just generally being outside; though the Patriots and Eagles might have super bowl wins behind them, he will always be a Bengals fan at heart.
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