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    How long did you take to study for step 2 CK

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    Hey everyone, I started my 3rd year rotations in August and I'm just curious how long you all took to study for the step 2 ck. I'd like to take 6 weeks or so to study for the exam, is that reasonable? My last rotations ends July 29th and it happens to be surgery unfortunately...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatupdoc??? View Post
    Hey everyone, I started my 3rd year rotations in August and I'm just curious how long you all took to study for the step 2 ck. I'd like to take 6 weeks or so to study for the exam, is that reasonable? My last rotations ends July 29th and it happens to be surgery unfortunately...
    You really should be studying during 3rd year. Most people take 4 weeks. So that they can sit the exam by beginning of sept and have their scores back by end of sept. But you are ending with surgery which sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CANeh View Post
    You really should be studying during 3rd year. Most people take 4 weeks. So that they can sit the exam by beginning of sept and have their scores back by end of sept. But you are ending with surgery which sucks.

    yeah I'm thinking about going into surgery too so I can't really mess around during that rotation. Maybe I'll take it before my surgery rotation.... decisions decision. thanks for the reply!
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    Why would u do it before surgery when u have no time to study hard core.

    I would suggest u do it in beginning to mid September instead.

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    yeah, esp if GS is what you want to do...bad step score and you can kiss GS goodbye...
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    I was under the impression that all materials/scores should be in to ERAS by Sept 1, so taking CK in mid Sept is not a good idea since interviews will be given out before the score comes back? I have a compressed schedule as well and wondering what I am going to do to get my file complete by Sept 1 when I won't be done with cores until August. I know Deans letter comes out later but everything else should be in, incl CS, CK right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kongakut View Post
    I was under the impression that all materials/scores should be in to ERAS by Sept 1, so taking CK in mid Sept is not a good idea since interviews will be given out before the score comes back? I have a compressed schedule as well and wondering what I am going to do to get my file complete by Sept 1 when I won't be done with cores until August. I know Deans letter comes out later but everything else should be in, incl CS, CK right?
    sept 1st is when u HAVE to have a complete application ie EVERYTHING in. as IMG's we have no other choice and no excuses. you will be severely hindered if u do not have all the steps in and LoR's. Do not shoot yourself in the foot by being late. It's hard work but can be done. gl i wish u the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kongakut View Post
    I was under the impression that all materials/scores should be in to ERAS by Sept 1, so taking CK in mid Sept is not a good idea since interviews will be given out before the score comes back? I have a compressed schedule as well and wondering what I am going to do to get my file complete by Sept 1 when I won't be done with cores until August. I know Deans letter comes out later but everything else should be in, incl CS, CK right?
    Not entirely true. It's certainly ideal to have a good score showing up early, but you're able to add to your application all the way until November 1. Some places won't even start looking at your application until then, because that's when your MSPE becomes available to them. Essentially, because of the MSPE, it's impossible to have your application complete on September 1.

    The lesson I learned this year (as did many other people I know, and they learned a harder way than I did) is you want to submit your application on September 1st even when it's incomplete. Decide on where you'll apply beforehand, so all you're doing on September 1st is paying to get it done.

    More important than getting your CK score in before September 1 is doing well. If you don't think you're ready in August, don't do it. The USMLE folk made the decision easy for me, because they had delayed all scores from mid-August to mid-September until somewhere in October. There was no added benefit to taking the exam in mid-August, so I took it in mid-September and I feel my score improved because of that extra time. While I waited for the scores, interview offers were already coming in. Granted, the offers got sweeter after the CK score came in, but I attribute that more to the actual score than the timing.

    But I would definitely suggest you do the CS first. It's an easier test that requires substantially less preparation time, and the time it takes to score is way longer.

    To answer your question simply, I did 2 weeks for Step 2CS (which is 1 week more than most people I talk to). I did 3.5 months for Step 2CK, with one month being particularly intense (because I wasn't doing rotations by that time). That's about 2 months longer than most people I've talked to. If you want to do a field that's pretty competitive like GenSurg, I'd suggest taking more time to ensure you get it as right as you can. Like rok said, a low score (or God forbid, a failing grade) will close doors on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirloinMD View Post
    sept 1st is when u HAVE to have a complete application ie EVERYTHING in. as IMG's we have no other choice and no excuses. you will be severely hindered if u do not have all the steps in and LoR's. Do not shoot yourself in the foot by being late. It's hard work but can be done. gl i wish u the best
    If the CK score takes 3-4 weeks to come back like step 1 did, it's impossible for us to get a score in by September 1st. I'm in a NY hospital and my last day of rotations is July 27. NJ people finish 2 weeks after this. Would it be ok to take the CK at the end of August, or is this too late?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golding View Post

    More important than getting your CK score in before September 1 is doing well. If you don't think you're ready in August, don't do it. The USMLE folk made the decision easy for me, because they had delayed all scores from mid-August to mid-September until somewhere in October. There was no added benefit to taking the exam in mid-August, so I took it in mid-September and I feel my score improved because of that extra time. While I waited for the scores, interview offers were already coming in. Granted, the offers got sweeter after the CK score came in, but I attribute that more to the actual score than the timing.
    You can always re-apply the next cycle but you CANNOT undo a bad CK score.

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