261 USMLE Step 2 CK Experience – Abdelaziz Nagmeldin

USMLE STEP 2CK EXPERIENCE
SCORE 261
Step 1 246, 2 years back.
YOG 2016.
Hi my name is Abdelaziz , A Sudanese IMG (OIU BATCH 23)
Resources used
UW offline 2017
As we all know this is the most important resource for step 2ck, it contains a huge amount of very
important, critical and lifesaving information’s and topics, That’s why I decided to take my time on
mastering every single line in UW, I knew this is the way for me to get a good score but most
importantly, this will affect every single patient I see in my future life!.
So why we all use UW but we get different scores! , here are some tips on how to master UW:
1) TAKE YOUR TIME, please don’t rush, not more than 30 q per day for 1st run and not more than 50-
60 q per day for second run.
2) Don’t do UW by system, do the IM , paediatrics and Surgery questions separately. I started doing
UW by system but the bad thing about that is the systems will seem so long and so boring, also
jumping from IM to Peds to surgery was somehow confusing. Doing these subjects each alone will
help you use other sources to add on UW like Kaplan , CMS , pestana surgery notes etc .
3) For those who are done with step 1 , you will see so many qs that you can just answer it with step
1 knowledge , I was just rushing on these Qs coz I knew the answer but this was so wrong , a single Q
in UW may give you enough Information’s to answers 10 different questions ! so even those easy Qs
you have to read them carefully.
4) Know why the other answers are wrong, this is actually very crucial to get a good score as the
exam is all about knowing the difference btw the choices !!! Knowing what is that little thing that is
different btw two similar diseases, MAKE IT CLEAR.
5) Familiarise yourself with the questions and the scenarios, if by the end of a Question you did not
know the Diagnosis then you have to read the Scenario again after reading the explanation to know
what are the keys and hints and how they were presented, this will train you to get the hints in the
exam questions easily and quickly.
6) Master the lab values as you go through the questions, this will save you time during the exam! .
7) For offline users, please categorize the questions to groups of similar diseases, I can’t stress
enough on that !!!. Reading about three similar diseases at the same time will make you notice the
little differences BTW them, but this is so much harder if you did them separately. I have categorized
all the systems and I will post it at the end.
KAPLAN NOTES
I did these notes during the college, so I was familiar with them somehow , it’s a good add on to UW
but take care not to take your time , it’s a 2ndary and complementary source to UW. I used it in
certain subjects, for IM and pediatrics I just filter the system quickly (1 day) after mastering that
system from UW looking for new diseases and topics. For surgery its very important do the 1st
chapters of trauma , orthopaedics and pre and postop. For obgyn I did pelvic relaxation, pelvic pain
and STDs(GYN) , medical complications in pregnancy and perinatal infections(obs) .
UP TO DATE
Use it if some topic seems deficient in UW(although you will most probably find the rest of
information’s in another question in UW). Its also very useful when doing CMS.
CMS
I did it for all subjects after mastering UW and filtering Kaplan, I did it as an assessment for the
overall subjects, I recommend to do them all.
Carlos pestana surgery notes
After Mastering UW surgery Qs and doing the 1st 3 chapters from Kaplan , solve the questions of
pestana , and then see the explanations, its very important to do it ! and you will enjoy reading it
also as all surgeons are trying to be funny ^_^ .
Biostats and Epidemiology
FA + Kaplan notes(filter) + 2 youtube videos (biostat part 1 and 2) is more than enough.
Drug Ads and Research abstracts
There is no source for these type of questions , but don’t worry they are not that hard
All you have to do is to have a good biostats and epidemiology and you will do fine on them.
.
Ethics > 100 cases for Conrad
NBMEs
I did nbme 1 and 2 after my 2nd read of UW(by system , no categorization, no added sources)
My scores were 228 in nbme 1 and 230s in nbme 2.
Then I did UW for the 3rd time with the same stupid way > nbme 4 > 244.
At this time I was so tired and bored but not satisfied by the scores yet , this was the hardest time
during my preparation as I thought there is no way to get a better score , then I took a brake without
reading for 2 weeks just thinking what may be the problem and analysing my wrong answers. And I
did the last read by subjects(IM,peds…) and the UW questions by categorization and added those
resources and 4 months later I did the exam! even without doing an assessment I felt ready for the
1
st time ! and satisfied with the amount of knowledge I have got .
Exam day
9 hours of stress and tension and fear !! but it will just pass like 2 hours !!!
Build your stamina , the 1st 4 blocks are easy in terms of concentrations , but the last ones you will
feel like swimming against the current ! but it will also pass . overall the exam was not hard for me
coz I have spent 2 years on UW on and off ! but NEVER UNDERESTIMATE CK as it will be like hell for
you if you did not prepare well .
Finally
I hope you guys get a better score inshallah and please remember me in your prayers.
The Categorizations. (Only IM) offline users .


Sorry for the bad sheet but the rest is copied thanks god *_^
RENAL CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (32) 1,4,2,3/ 7,8,10,9,19/ 6,78,76,39 /25-28 ,17,18,21 108,109,110 / 5,104-
107,111 / 103,102
CAT 2 (40) 23,24,47,97,98,79,53,52 / 40,41,30 / 43,44,45,46,75,49,50,51 /
95,96,100, 81-89/91,90,15,16,13,14,22,29,35.
CAT 3(39) 37,58,59,60,61,73,20,77,92,11 63,62,65,66,64,54,93,94
69,70,12,31,32,68,67,112 34,33,74,38,57,56,99 36,48,80,55,72,101
DERMATOLOGY CATEGORIZATION PROCESS ◦
CAT 2,3,40 44,41,14,5. 4,25-30,65,20,21,22,13,15,1,17,39,8,54
49,16,18,23,24,7,36,42,43,61,62,63,58 6,31 9,46
10,11,52,12,37,38,59,50,56,19,32,35 33,34,47,48,51,53,55,57,60,64
ENDOCRINE CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (26) 3-7 / 10-13 ، 33 /37-41 / 85-87,89 75,76,77,92,93,1,2 .
CAT 2 (42) 61,65,54,66,59,62,56,60,67,64,53, 63,68 / 55,36,58,80,81,78,83,29/ 96,94,95
50,51,44,43,42,46,45,/ 9,72,71,69,70,47 /98,99,100 .
CAT 3 (30) 16,18,19,20,21,22,88,31,23,17,84. 24,25,26,27,48,49,73 14,15 / 8,32,97 /
30,34,35,90,91,74 .
PULMONARY CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (23) 35-40,42/16,17,52/ 61,62,64 /14,15 / 1,2,8,9,79,11,93,117,121 .
CAT 2 (21) 43,46,109,111,113,106,112,107,108,110/ 86,87,89,76,78,80,82,83,84,72 .
CAT 3 (36) 56,44,50,45,88,68,105,4,5,55,58,51,59,47,48,53,60
19,24,118,25,71,20,26,27,22,23,57,49/ 31,34(2),30,33,34,63
CAT 4 (18) 28,29,7,12,13,74,115,70 91,92,94,96,41 32,98,100,101,103
CAT 5 (24) 6,10,21,54,97,104,69,73,95,75 67,77,65,90,116,119,120,122,123,124,125
INFECTIOUS CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (40) 37-48/2,3,131,132,130,49/ 5,20-23,81,82,57,78,86/104-108/97,98/ 124-129 .
CAT 2 (24) 63-71/12,13,79,80/26,33,31,32/51,52/24, 25,110,120,121 .
CAT 3 (35) 72,73,6,74,113,111,118,56,109,122 / 14,15,61,62,19,94,95,112 /
7,92,93,27,34,35,84,85,96,123/ 17,28,29,30,76,77,75 .
CAT 4 (33) 1,87,50,4/18,8,54,58 / 9,10,11,59 / 16,60,83,119/36/53,55,103 / 88-91 / 99-102/
114-117.
PSYCHIATRY CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (44)
96-108,157,158,159,160,36,37,38,167,80,81
52-57,69,79,125,166,7/2,3,111,115,149,29,
28,72,75.
CAT 2 (40)
134,144,139-143,136,137,148,62,73,74,39-46,90,63,85,112,113,114,162/47,49,59,76,
110,118,138,145,65/68,70,71
CAT 3 (34)
24,5,135,16,116,117,26,27,88,89,120,121,122127,128,129,130,146,67,18,23,82,83,84,151,1
52,153,86,91,77,93,92,58,87
CAT 4 (20)
1,30,31,29,168,50,51,6,21,154,155,156,32,
126,4,119,17,33,61,64
CAT 5 (13)
9,10,25,109,11,12,13,48,19,22,15,66,14
GYN CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (72)
22,59,18,117,3,63,64,56,42,76,23,24,
,20,21,1,2,55,19,98,94.
77,78,79,26,27,29,58,108,109,110,35,
65,66,67,68,69,70,120,46
88,89,5,38.
9,71,72,127,73,74,62,6,75,37,119,45,48,57
85,86,87,52,53,54,49
91,92,10,11,12,13,14,60.
CAT 2 (43)
61,112,122,124,125,15,115,50,114,116.
103,104,105,106,107,7,8,39,40,41,36,123,
93,43,44.
30,31,32,33,34,118
80,81,82,83,84,25,97,111
4,100,101,102
OB CATEGORIZATION PROCESS
CAT 1 (29)
2,3,4,5,1,15,27,28,29,45,6,7,8,9,99,100,101,98,68,69,70,71.
11,14,37,38,39,60,61
CAT 2 (44)
31,75,76,77,78,79,80,48,43,
63,64,33,81,41,91,94,89,90,82,42,26
49,50,34,35,36,53,54,55
83,84,85,86,74,87,47,40,21,22,56,57,13,23,16.
CAT 4 (32)
12,24,62,72,93,73
102,104,17,18,92,44
19,20,25,30,32,46,51,52,58,59,65,66,67,88,95,96,97,103,105
OB SYSTEMIC CHECK
RHEUM 99
RENAL 113,114,115,116
INFECTIOUS 133,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44
HEMA ONCO : 95,96
GI 131,132
ENDOCRINE 101,102,103,104,105,106,107
CVS 184,185,186
PULMONARY 126
NEURO 150
June 3rd, 2019.

October 11, 2019
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