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    Just wanted to get some advice on the best resources to study for shelf exams. USMLE world is just too expensive to use throughout 2 years. Free or "Free" materials would be of the most use, if you know of, or have anything that was particularly helpful for any rotation's shelf, feel free to post replies or pm me. Thanks.
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    USMLEWorld is expensive.. but its the best source for questions in my opinion and a great investment to make to study. I think u should start going through them now, because you won't have as much time to study for step 2 as you may had had for step 1. If you want Free, you could get the Pre-test and Kaplan books from people in your rotation on PDF file. You could usually find them on the library computers cuz students leave it saved on the desktops. My text resources: OBGYN-Blueprints and High Yield OBGYN; Psych-Kaplan; Internal Medicine- usmleworld questions, Current Medical Diagnosis & Harrison's as resources; Surgery-Surgery Recall (Surgery Shelf is more medicine than actual surgery in my opinion); Peds-i just did world questions and read through kaplan, but i saw some people with blueprints pediatrics or first aid for peds
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    I would STRONGLY suggest that you buy "MKSAP for students" for your medicine shelf. Of all the books I've bought, that was the most helpful for preparing for a shelf exam. The questions in that book are almost identical to the shelf questions....and it'll also be a great book to use to study for Step 2 since Step 2 is mostly medicine anyway. I don't remember how much I paid for mine, but I don't remember it being expensive......and it was definitely worth it. That was the shelf I did the best on (so far), and I know it's because of that book.
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    What about others?

    Hi I'm also clueless as to what books to use for shelf exams. I'll definitely take a look at MKSAP for IM. Any useful books for other subjects?

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    Remember the Shelf exams are "Retired" USMLE Step 2 CK questions. The same concepts are tested, its just the wording that is different. So use whatever resource that allows you to review the revelant USMLE Questions for that topic. Pre-Test, Kaplan Books, Any Q-Book from amazon. Do enough questions to you start seeing a lot of repeated topics, then you are pretty well covered on all important topics worth repeating on the USMLE.

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    Kraplan
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    First Aid

    I would also take a QUICK refresher of Step 1 stuff for IM though.
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    Kaplan notes are all you need to pass the shelfs and you can download them for free...check around the web or ask some other students. I am a horrible test taker and I passed all of mine with only Kaplan. Moreover, you need it for CK anyway so you're killing 2 birds with 1 stone. The only exception is Surgery (the Kaplan Surgery section is too short), so add Surgery Case logs and you'll be fine. They aren't that bad, but you have to study for them or you won't pass. I didn't really do practice questions, but only because I didn't have time, but if you do, Kaplan Q-book is good for that. IMO, questions alone won't cut it. For every disease, you need to know the Cause, Diagnosis, and Treatment, and the questions don't always give you that format, but Kaplan does it well. Now don't get me wrong, Kaplan alone is enough for the SHELFS, but for CK, you need questions as well.
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    I did well on med and surg shelf. I used Step-Up to Medicine 2nd ed+MKSAP4 and got about 100 or so questions from UW. But the 2 books are definitely enough. Surgery shelf you have to get surgical recall and either case files or NMS surgery casebook. A lot of surgery is medicine and epecially pre and post op management.
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    Thanks so much guys! All your posts were helpful.
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    Don't forget Surgical Recall. About 50% of your shelf can be found in those pages.
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