USMLE Step 2 CK Exam – 3 Steps To Creating The Perfect CK Study Notes

When it comes time to study for the USMLE Step 2 CK exam we often find ourselves at a loss for exactly how to study. When we studied for our Step 1 exam we had all of the classroom preparation behind us, but when we write our CK exam we are right in the middle of our clinical rotations. Because of this, it is difficult to put together a good set of study notes, so I would like to give you a three-pronged process for putting together your own fantastic set of study notes that will ensure you do well on the CK exam.

#1 – Finish your core rotations before writing

Most of your CK material will come from your Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Surgery rotations. So be sure to pay very close attention during these rotations and be sure to take lots of notes when your attending is talking, as the stuff discussed is often high-yield.

#2 – Do a full question bank and take detailed notes

A question bank is essential for ensuring you cover absolutely everything essential for success on the CK. Get a blank notebook and fill it from cover-to-cover with as much information as you can extract from your question bank.

#3 – Get a study guide and insert the above information

In order to build yourself the most well-rounded piece of study material, be sure to get a good study guide and insert all of the above information in the appropriate locations. What this does is it helps you to put together a study guide that contains all of the very high-yield information, some more in-depth information, and finally some very detailed information. This ensures that you study absolutely everything you may encounter on the USMLE Step 2 CK exam.