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diadem
01-19-2012, 05:16 PM
Of peds, psych and surgery, which rotation can be done after writing step 2 (i.e. it is manageable to write step 2 by just reading about that subject without having done the rotation).

I was thinking of finishing my peds and psych rotation and taking a month off to study before writing step 2.
If I do surgery + peds or psych, it would mean less time off to study.

:S

LSmith55UF
01-19-2012, 06:00 PM
I took my CK without surgery. I think CK is very doable without psych or surgery. Ped's I think is helpful to have, as well as IM and OB, because you learn a few little things on those rotations that help with the exam (at least I did).

Honestly though, you could take (and do very well on) CK without having ANY cores. Just get a USMLEWorld subscription and run through the whole bank a couple of times, and you'll kill it.

LSmith55UF
01-19-2012, 06:01 PM
Psych is all the same crap from step 1, and surgery is basic management. Very simple stuff.

diadem
01-19-2012, 06:50 PM
Thank you!

Medical Moose
01-20-2012, 01:25 AM
Psych is all the same crap from step 1, and surgery is basic management. Very simple stuff.

I felt the same way. Internal medicine is very important. I really felt that the Case Files series (split up as 3-5 cases per day) helped a ton for the shelves, and having gone through all of them, I think it made a big difference for Step 2CK.

And come to think of it, there was a lot of medicine stuff on my surgery shelf. On both the shelves and the Step 2CK, I thought Ob/Gyn had a lot of new stuff not learned in basic sciences or Step 1, while psychiatry was a lot of repeat info from Step 1.

USMLE World is absolutely key. Do ALL of the questions. Find a way to complete the questions in a manageable way, like "x" questions/day. There's something like 2,255 questions total on USMLE World for Step 2CK.

diabeticmedic
01-20-2012, 05:59 AM
Agree with above, Uworld is key.

As for missing a core, don't sweat it at all. In retrospect, I feel like even internal medicine isn't necessary. It's an exam, and can be studied for completely by reading. However, no one takes it before IM so it's a moot point. Psych, surg, OB, peds, def not necessary. They're not big parts of the exam, and also, there is so much detail in each of those subjects that you couldn't possibly learn in a 6 week rotation (except for psych, you could learn it all in a week).

You'll see that doing those rotations didn't really help you prepare for CK, especially surgery. Good luck!

AUCMD2013
01-20-2012, 03:55 PM
Of peds, psych and surgery, which rotation can be done after writing step 2 (i.e. it is manageable to write step 2 by just reading about that subject without having done the rotation).

I was thinking of finishing my peds and psych rotation and taking a month off to study before writing step 2.
If I do surgery + peds or psych, it would mean less time off to study.

:S

I'm taking my step 2 CK without my surgery but after the other 4 cores. Either way, it seems like rotations are total joke and anyone would be lucky to learn a darn thing from them. Read blue prints and case files as you're going through each rotation along with master the boards and step up to the medicine and of course Uworld at least twice before the exam. That should be more than sufficient to hit the boards upside the head.

diadem
01-24-2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks all :)







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