Step 1 study periods are usually pretty straightforward. You finish your basic sciences coursework and your medical school, if it was anything like mine, will intimately guide you through the registration process. Our school went so far as to mandate meetings between each student and a member of the faculty to make sure we had built an appropriate study schedule heading into our six week study block. Talk about hand-holding!
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 family medicine rotation is a summative experience that incorporates components of outpatient medicine from many other specialties including internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN. As a result, you can readily align your preparation for this clerkship and the shelf with how you would prepare for Step 2 CK. Furthermore, because this rotation often affords the ability to study during your nights and weekends, you should have plenty of time to shine on the clerkship and still rock the shelf exam and ultimately your Step 2 CK. We'll show precisely how to do so here.
When it comes to MS3 rotations, not all are created equal! That is because some rotations are inherently more difficult than others. While much of this can vary from school to school, one thing is certain: internal medicine is a difficult rotation.
More so, virtually every student, no matter what specialty he or she plans to go into, needs to have a solid grasp of medicine and do well on this rotation. The internal medicine NBME subject exam is one of the most difficult exams, but doing well on it can set students up to achieve high scores on USMLE Step 2. This post reviews the top resources to use during the internal medicine rotation.
Preclinical classes are to Step 1 as the core clinical rotations are to Step 2 CK. In the same way you can prepare for Step 1 by keeping up with the physiology and pathophysiology curriculum of medical school, so too can you do well on Step 2 CK by making the most of your clerkships. Here the most important strategies to do precisely that.
When planning for the fourth year of medical school, students must decide on the appropriate time to take the USMLE Step 2 CK examination. Here we weigh the pros and cons of taking Step 2 CK before ERAS.
As a treat today, we have a question that is quite pertinent for BOTH Step 1 and Step 2 CK. A question like this could certainly appear on either test. Take a stab at it and get your learn on.
For many, 3rd year is the most taxing year of medical school. Gone are the days when you could spend all day on your own schedule, watching lectures whenever it felt right. There’s no more wearing pajamas until noon; we must now dust off and don our dress clothes and white coats. But it’s not all doom and gloom! It’s the year that you’ve been waiting for — the year when you can pull your nose out of that stack of books, and actually deliver medical care to real patients in need. The transformation that you will make as third year progresses — from novice clinician to (almost) doctor — is second only to the enormous stride you will make during intern year.
Fred Bertino, MD — our Medical Tutor and Admissions Consultant — recently tackled how to prepare for Step 2 CK during third year. Here's what he had to say prior to the Q&A session:
"It’s a nebulous time, third year. You’re out of the classroom, but still expected to study as if you’re in one. Textbooks for every rotation pile up, and a brand new UWorld Qbank of Step 2 CK material seems to block the light at the end of the tunnel.
The USMLE Step 2 CK is the final hurdle before Match, and marks the beginning of the end of medical school. There are different schools of thought on the utility of Step 2 CK. Some people try to use the exam to make up for shortcomings on Step 1, while others decide to delay CK until late in the Fall of 4th year, so their excellent Step 1 score isn’t at risk of be tarnished by a poor performance. I myself just wanted to get the darned thing over with. I wrapped up 3rd year feeling as if rotations had gone very well, so I took 2 weeks off in the middle of July to study, and took the exam thereafter.