Accelerated Step 2CK Study Guide

We’ve heard it before: USMLE Step 2CK is not as important as Step 1. The truth is that it is important. In fact, 80% of Program Directors surveyed agree that it is a key factor in selecting applicants to interview*, even more important than your personal statement or your performance in clerkship. And you nailed that.

Entering into a solid study plan before you know the facts can be tricky. It’s why we recommend reviewing the USMLE’s content outline before you dive in to your study plan. Know your enemy, they say.

Don’t worry: This accelerated Step 2CK High Yield study plan will help keep you on track so you can get that high score. Don’t forget about those Qbank blocks; they will give you that spaced repetition you need to build your confidence.

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Week Section # of lectures Duration of section (hr:min) Duration at x1.5 speed (hr:min) Qbank Blocks
1 Infectious Diseases 10 3:28 2:18 5
Allergy & Immunology 1 0:27 0:18
Cardiology 10 5:16 3:31
2 Endocrinology 5 2:17 1:31 5
Pulmonology 9 2:59 1:59
Rheumatology 8 1:36 1:04
Hematology 9 2:49 1:53
3 Gastroenterology 4 1:42 1:08 5
Neurology 8 2:42 1:48
Nephrology 8 3:48 2:32
Oncology
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March 2015: The USMLE® Step 1 Test Change

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What does the March 2015 USMLE.org bulletin mean?

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI
Vice President, Kaplan Medical

What does it mean when the USMLE® reduces the number of questions on their Step 1 exam from 322 to 308?

The short answer is: more time per question, right?

Yes, but there’s more. What people really want to know is what’s really going on, but the USMLE organization isn’t offering an explanation. We know the 322 questions are composed of some questions that cover the stated topics in roughly the stated proportions as described in the USMLE Bulletin. We also know that there are a few questions that aren’t counted toward the score. These un-scored questions are new items that are being tested to determine if they are good enough to be used in future USMLE exams. Our best guess is that when these 14 questions are removed in May 2015, the new exam will be in roughly the same proportion as the original exam.

So, this means that examinees should study in the same proportion as always.

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Accelerated Step 1 Study Guide

There’s nothing fast or furious about Step 1. From day one of your study plan to the day you get your results, months will have passed. But isn’t there an inspirational quote about journeys and how they start with a single step?

My point is that when you come out of this phase of your career, you’re going to be a doctor and that’s pretty amazing. Your ultimate goal will be to administer quality patient care. One thing is certain: You won’t have to solve triple-jump basic science questions. So for this stage in your life, let’s work together to get that 260 you need for your top choice in the 2017 Match.

Here’s where it all begins: An accelerated study plan with Kaplan’s Step 1 High Yield program.

For 14 weeks, you’re going to hard core study only what you need to know. You’ll watch high yield Step 1 videos and answer some Qbank questions to solidify your understanding of these topics. Remember that quote about journeys? Something, something… first step. Let’s do this.

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Week

High Yield Topic 1x Speed Video 1.5X Speed Video Qbank Block
General Principle
1 Biochemistry 5:11 3:42 5 Blocks
2 Pharmacology 1:32 1:06 4 Blocks
3
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USMLE Step 1 High Yield by Kaplan Medical


Kaplan Medical brings you the 2014-2015 USMLE(R) Step 1 High Yield program, specifically designed for U.S med students. Try us for free today. Register here.

 

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M2 Summer Guide: Hangover Cures

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You made it through your first year of med school. Alive. That calls for a much-needed vacation. However you plan to relax, we’ve got a guide to match. From mosquito bites to hangover cures, Kaplan Medical’s Master Faculty is here to guide you through your “last summer.” 


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Your trip won’t be complete without our Five Tips for Surviving Your Outdoor Adventures. Use these when your parents ask you to “say something medical.” Read and share these factoids from our faculty:

1. Instagross. Both disulfiram and metronidazole block acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. In a person taking either of these drugs who also drinks ethanol (alcohol) they cause the accumulation of acetaldehyde and the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and headache. It’s dangerous, gross and isn’t worth documenting on social media. Act responsibly.

2. Banana Baggin’ It. We’re not recommending this as a DIY hangover cure, but the affectionately-named, “Banana Bag” will get you back on your feet in no time. What’s in it? There’s usually a blend of B12, Potassium, Dextrose, and fluids, administered intravenously. Other vitamins like Vitamins A, and E are sometimes added. If you want our real view full post »

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Master the Wards: Chest Pain

This summer, Kaplan Medical brings you the Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkship series with tips from Program Directors on how you can excel in your rotations. Don’t embarrass yourself on rounds. Know the medicine and look like a rock star in front of your attending. Dr. Fischer will help get you through the Wards with this sample case scenario!


 


Conrad Fischer, MD is a celebrated educator, physician, and author of top-selling review books including the Master the Boards series. Dr. Fischer serves as Residency Program Director at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. He is also an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. He has taught medical Board review for over 21 years.


 

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Welcome to Wards: Preparing to Choose a Medical Specialty

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When thinking about a career and making a medical specialty decision, it is important to consider your own gifts and how you would like to use them when making this important decision. Don’t base the decision entirely on the faculty member you come to admire the most during clinical rotations.

You will be matching in March of your fourth year.  By the start of your fourth year, hopefully you know where you will do your offsite rotations.  Those electives should optimally be in the specialty of your choice to help you match.  This means you will need to make some decisions in the midst of third year about a specialty.


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To borrow from Dickens, your first year of rotations will be the best of times and the worst of times in medical school. From the happy delivery of a newborn to the loss of a dear patient, you’ll experience emotionally charged situations. You will be challenged mentally and physically. There is no way you can pass through this educational experience without personal growth on some level. Over your years of medical school, there is no doubt that your … view full post »

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M2 Summer Guide: Pool Parties

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You made it through your first year of med school. Alive. That calls for a much-needed vacation. However you plan to relax, we’ve got a guide to match. From mosquito bites to hangover cures, Kaplan Medical’s Master Faculty is here to guide you through your “last summer.”

Ready to show off that chiseled med student bod? Well, maybe your medical knowledge will be more impressive. Read our 5 Tips for Surviving Pool Parties this summer.

1. Med Students, Lend Me Your Ear. If you’re swimming a lot this summer, watch out for ear infections. Speaking of ears, watch out for drugs which cause ototoxicity such as loop diuretics and aminoglycoside antibiotics as well as the “quines” (quinidine, quinine, and hydroxychloroquine) which can cause tinnitus as part of cinchonism.

2. Poolralysis. Your friend, James, drank too much and didn’t notice that the pool was under maintenance. He jumped in, head first, without realizing there was no water in the pool. When his classmates went to get him, he had right-side loss of position and vibratory senses below the nipples, as well as left sided loss of pain and temperature. He also could not move the right side of his … view full post »

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Master the Wards: Shortness of Breath

This summer, Kaplan Medical brings you the Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkship series with tips from Program Directors on how you can excel in your rotations. Don’t embarrass yourself on rounds. Know the medicine and look like a rock star in front of your attending. Dr. Fischer will help get you through the Wards with this sample case scenario!


 


Conrad Fischer, MD is a celebrated educator, physician, and author of top-selling review books including the Master the Boards series. Dr. Fischer serves as Residency Program Director at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. He is also an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. He has taught medical Board review for over 21 years.


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Welcome to Wards: Polishing Your Clerkship Image

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Woody Allen says that just showing up accounts for 80% of success. Woody Allen did not go to medical school.

On clinical clerkships, showing up does not ensure success.  Showing up on time?  Well, we’re getting closer to a passing grade now. Showing up on time and being smart, articulate, and professional?  Now we’re getting somewhere.

What you say and how you look on clinical rotations has a big impact on the way you are evaluated.  Before stepping onto the wards, it makes sense to consider image, particularly how you sound and look.


Does your voice convey sincerity and respect?

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What do you convey when you speak?  Let’s break it down to voice and content.

VOICE
Regarding voice, when was the last time you heard your voice on replay?  It makes sense to use an open source program like Audacity for recording sound to find out for yourself.  Does your voice convey sincerity and respect? Have you been told you have a deep southern accent or that you speak too quickly for the average listener? If so, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that give advice for … view full post »

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