Usmle Step 2

Usmle

Usmle Step 2

Step 2 Usmle

Usmle Step 2

The objective of the USMLE Step 2 CK is to evaluate your knowledge in clinical sciences (CK stands for Clinical Knowledge). Not only your ability to apply that knowledge in different medical scenarios is assessed, but emphasis is made on efficient diagnosis and prevention of medical conditions. The exam includes questions from the following subjects:

  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Surgery

The main type of question is the clinical vignette: a description of a clinical case followed by a question regarding the appropriate step in the management of the patient's condition.

Example: A 15-year-old female is brought to the emergency department presenting profuse sweating, difficulty breathing, and decreased consciousness. On physical examination the patient presents constricted pupils, bradycardia, generalized pulmonary rales, and a smell of feces and urine. Which one is the next best step in the management of this patient?

    A.- Administer atropine

    B.- Administer pralidoxime

    C.- Obtain an IV access

    D.- Intubate the patient

    E.- Order a chest X ray

The exam consists on a nine-hour, one-day session. The session is divided into eight blocks of 46 questions, and 60 minutes to complete each block. You also count with 60 minutes for the exam tutorial and breaks between blocks. In order to apply for the USMLE Step 2 CK, you must complete the second year of medical education (for AMG's), or complete all the years of basic science according to your medical school's curriculum (for IMG's). It is recommended that you graduate from medical school, or complete the core clinical clerkships according to your medical school's curriculum before applying to the Step 2 CK. If your medical school is from outside the United States, it must be included in the IMED ( www.faimer.org ).

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