USMLE Step 2 CK: How I destroyed the USMLE Step 2 CK exam
Hello again, Mike here. I had a score of 254 on my USMLE Step 2 CK exam and am eager to share how I achieved this great USMLE score. The USMLE Step 2 CK exam does not invoke the levels of stress that the USMLE Step 1 exam is notorious for. If you are a US medical school graduate you likely can match into a program just by using your USMLE Step 1 score. If you happened to perform poorly on step 1, then your Step 2 score can help to pull you out of the gutter. For you foreign medical graduates the stakes are still high for this USMLE Step 2 CK exam, as many programs require it to interview. Have no fear!! I am here to tell you exactly what I did to destroy the USMLE Step 2 CK exam. I studied about 8 hours a day for just under 3 weeks. I used a limited number of sources and knew them INSIDE OUT. From my experience it is better to know just a few books very well than to barely know many different books.
By the time that you take USMLE step 2 CK you are well versed in the medical world and likely have a great fund of knowledge. From my experience the most important way to study for USMLE Step 2 CK is to quickly review a few general sources and then DO AS MANY PRACTICE QUESTIONS AS YOU CAN.
USMLE Step 2 CK books I used to score a 254
First Aid for USMLE Step 2 CK.This is a must have when taking the USMLE step 2 CK exam. The First Aid series does such a great job of presenting precise high yield information that you just cannot go wrong. Some of this book may be review for you, but you need to learn this book INSIDE AND OUT. This has a ton of information in it, but you need to take the time to learn all of it. I depended heavily on this book, and I scored a 254.
USMLE Step 2 Recall. This was a great book for me. I spent about 5 days with this book at got a lot out of it. This book focuses on high yield facts and disease states with concise descriptions. They also include tons of buzzwords and keyterms to know. I highly recommend this book. Many other medical students in my class used this book and they all swear by it.
USMLE Step 2 Mock Exam. This book is a MUST BUY. I swear by this book. There were EXACT questions that showed up on my step 2 CK exam from this book. There were many similar questions that I recognized from this book. This is probably one of the best practice exam question books out there. Do not pass this book up. This book is a MUST to rock the USMLE Step 2 CK exam.
There you go. Buy all 3 of these books, know them inside and out, and YOU WILL DESTROY USMLE STEP 2 CK! I have included links to amazon.com to purchase these books. I purchased all of my books from amazon.com and saved over $100 when compared to my medical school bookstore. Delivery only took 2 days and I saved tons of cash.
Other High Yield USMLE Step 2 CK Books
Below are several other high yield USMLE Step 2 CK Books. The following books are good sources and I know several people that swear by them. Although I personally did not use the following books to study for the USMLE Step 2 CKexam, I have personally checked out each one of these books and offer my opinion below. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books please follow the link to amazon.com to complete your order. I purchase all of my books through amazon.com and have SAVED TONS OF MONEY when compared to my medical school bookstore. Delivery is free and I receive my books within 2 days.
Crush Step 2: The Ultimate USMLE Step 2 Review. Although I did not use this book, I have heard great things about it. This book would replace the First Aid for USMLE Step 2 CK that I mentioned above. This book provides a fairly concise review of the material needed for USMLE Step 2 CK. My best friend used this book along with the USMLE Step 2 mock exam and the USMLE Step 2 Recall and scored a 248 on Step 2 CK. Not too shaby!
Step-Up to USMLE Step 2. To tell you the truth I have not had much experience with the step-up series. They are wildly popular and many students in my medical school used them exclusively for all of their USMLE Step exams. Several stated that they loved these books and would not have changed how they studied. Thhis series of books does not tend to be as detailed as the First-aid series, so you may be able to get through them a bit quicker. There are nice pictures and detailed diagrams that appeared to be well done.
Kaplan USMLE Step 2 CK Qbook. This book contains TONS of questions. About 1/2 of my medical school class used Kaplan Qbank questions and everyone was happy with them. I actually used USMLE Step 2 Mock exam questions and found that the two books are pretty similar in content. The Kaplan book has great descriptions and answers keys that give detailed descriptions on why answers are right and wrong. There is a great deal of information within this Qbook and many people in my medical school class learned quite a bit from this book.
Iserson's Getting Into A Residency. This is a must have book for everyone in medical school. This book tells you EXACTLY what to do to match into the specialty that you want. They go through each specialty and discuss competitiveness, expected board scores, expected grades, and how to increase your chances of matching. This book also goes through every single step of the match. There are great sections on how to get your application together, who to get letters of rec from and how to write your personal statement. EVERYTHING is spelled out. This book even tells you what to wear on interviews! I personally do not know how people can go through the match process without this book. THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE!! If you are to purchase only 1 book in medical school, make it this one.