As in step I, the most important study material in my opinion are
KAPLAN SERIES OF TEXT BOOKS
They are simple, up to date and easy to comprehend. Learn them well and practice to apply what you gained from them.
USMLE World vs. Kaplan QBank
There are pretty much two choices when it comes time to decide on which question database you’re going to use: Kaplan Q-Bank and USMLE World. After talking with many people who prepared for the Step 2 exam, most say that USMLE World is the better choice. but the questions in World are much more difficult than the Kaplan Q-Bank questions. If you master these questions, you’ll be prepared for exam day and will more than likely be happy with your score. If you have got a lot of time, do both question databases. While going through questions, set up blocks in sets of 46 in timed mode. This will create identical examination conditions.. You need to be used to what you’ll experience on test day, and mimicking testing conditions is best way to do it. Try to complete the entire database, whether you do USMLE World alone or both World and Kaplan Q-Bank. Immediately after finishing blocks, make sure to take this time to review not only the questions you got wrong, but also the questions you answered correctly. Some of your correct answers will be guesses, so you need to refresh your knowledge on what the question is asking. Reviewing right after you finish the block ensures that the information is still fresh, and you can reason more easily why you answered a question in a particular way.
First Aid for Step 2
It is one of the best resources available. You probably used the First Aid series for Step 1, and the Step 2 book is just as good. You’ll have all of the high-yield information at your fingertips, and learning all of the information presented in this book should be one of your first priorities. Make sure you repeat it with every read. The more times you go through it, the easier it will be for you to apply what you learned from it. Correlate firstaid with your Kaplan text book. It will help you learn the facts more easily.
Crush Step 2
It is a good resource since it is not very extensive and will not take a lot of your time. Each book you read will emphasize different material, and this will be beneficial to you as you prepare for the test. The information in Crush is presented more in a textbook format, so you’ll find it refreshing while reading through it. This will minimize study burnout.
Finally, take notes in the margins of your First Aid for Step II book as you review. Days or a week before your exam, go back through you First Aid and review major points in the margin as well as you own notes.
histology slides ( blood)… briefly
x-rays ( chest , upper & lower limbs)
CT scans ( brain ….. tumors hemorrhage ischemia)
Just go through common patterns over and over again
Same as for step I but be sure to go through them.
I would advise you to try and memorize some of the common lab. values since it will save you a lot of time and help you in understanding a lot of questions.
Author: Dr. Danish Perwaiz. Dr. Perwaiz is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College.
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