Scoring well on USMLE Step 2 CK bolsters your residency application, especially if your Step 1 score wasn't ideal. Even if you did do well on Step 1, a strong performance on Step 2 CK demonstrates consistency and clinical excellence.
USMLE Step 2 CK and CS Overview
Step 2 is taken during the third or fourth year of medical school. It consists of two parts: Step 2 CK, Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 CS, Clinical Skills. Step 2 CS is a one-day, 8-hour clinical skills exam that consists of a series of patient encounters in which you see standardized patients (actors) and investigate their medical complaint. You will have 12 patient encounters, and 15 minutes for each. Step 2 CS is graded on a pass/fail metric.
Unlike Step 2 CS, Step 2 CK is graded on a competitive numerical scale. Step 2 CK is a one-day exam administered in one 9-hour testing session. The exam is divided into eight 60-minute blocks, with each block having a maximum of 40 questions. The total number of items on the overall exam will not exceed 318. In contrast to Step 1, Step 2 CK is a more clinically-oriented exam, and covers medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry. Step 2 CK tests your ability to apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical sciences to deliver patient care, health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis and management. Beginning in June 2020, Step 2 CK will include an increased number of questions that test systems-based practice, patient safety, legal/ethical issues and professionalism.
A strong performance on Step 2 CK bolsters your residency application significantly, making you a more competitive candidate for prestigious residency programs, especially if your Step 1 score wasn't ideal. Even if you did do well on Step 1, a strong performance on Step 2 CK demonstrates consistency and clinical excellence.
The minimum passing score for Step 2 CK is 209, and the national average is a 243, with a standard deviation of 16. Competitive specialties such as dermatology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery expect residency applicants to perform well on Step 2 CK. In 2022, the USMLE Step 1 is scheduled to transition to a pass/fail metric -- when that change takes place, your Step 2 CK score, which will still be a numerical score, will be even more important.
Why You Should Choose MED LEARNITY For Step 2 Tutoring
Our team of Step 2 tutors at Medlearnity will help you meet and exceed expectations for your Step 2 CS, Clinical Skills, and Step 2 CK, Clinical Knowledge, during your third or fourth year of medical school. A Medlearnity Step 2 tutor will take a personalized approach to create sessions tailored to your learning goals and needs. All sessions are emailed to you to maximize your learning and retention.
A physician-run company, Medlearnity has built a reputation as having a high-quality user experience and the industry's most talented tutors. Our tutors daily practice of medicine at the top hospitals in the U.S. gives us the expertise to help you excel in clinical knowledge and skills. Meet some of our world-class tutors before you get started.
As we've helped over 500 aspiring doctors achieve success on high-stakes exams, we're sure that your performance will improve through our Step 2 tutoring services. Our team of physicians understands that a strong performance on Step 2 CK is essential in helping you stand out as a candidate for prestigious residency programs, so we will work with you to achieve your goals.
What to Expect From Our Step 2 Tutors
At Medlearnity, Students Come First. We understand preparing for the USMLE Step 2 can be intimidating and deeply personal (to say the least). Therefore, we approach every student's situation with our utmost attention to detail to see how we can best assist you. Whether you are having challenges meeting your performance goals, or simply want to make sure you are on a path to success, our team is available to share our perspective. We know you will feel the 'Students First' mentality at Medlearnity from the quality of your sessions and expertise of our team.
What to Expect
How to Get Started with Step 2 Coaching
Sign up for our one-hour free trial session. You'll receive an email or phone call from us shortly thereafter for some more information so we can understand your particular situation and assess your personal needs to pair you up with the Step 2 tutor that's a perfect fit. This way, we're off to a very productive and personalized start, right from your very first session.
You'll receive an email introducing you to your new USMLE tutor, and instructions on how to join your first trial session and reserve your session time. During this first trial session, your tutor will review content and discuss study strategy. You can email your tutor beforehand if there is any particular content you want to cover or if you have any questions you'd like to address.
After your trial session, we'll send you a feedback report with next steps, our recommendations and a recording of your session so you can review any material you went over with your tutor. If you decide you'd like to continue working with us to achieve your goals, we'll set you up with a tutoring package that works best for you.
Book Your Free One-Hour Tutoring Session
The trial session is completely free, so that you can experience the high-quality tutoring we provide. We know that the high-caliber of our services is truly unmatched, and we want you to experience it yourself without any obligation.
Benefits of 1-on-1 Online Tutoring
- With live online tutoring for USMLE step 2, you can get support from our trusted tutors right from the comfort of your own desk. Unlike group tutoring, live 1-on-1 online tutoring with our experts gives you the chance to dive deeply into the material you're having trouble with and get every single one of your questions answered. In the event you don't know what you'd like to focus on, we can help you determine which areas you need assistance with and get you feeling confident for your exam.
- Whether you're ahead of the game or falling behind, live online tutoring sessions give you the chance to work with experts who can accurately gauge your skill and help you master the knowledge you need for the USMLE. When you work with Medlearnity tutors, you can identify your weak subjects. Our comprehensive curriculum ensures you'll be completely ready for the exam and understand every subject, inside and out.
- Medlearnity pairs you with a tutor who specializes in the areas you need help with. Your tutor will be ready with lesson plans, test-taking drills, and study schedules to keep you on track.
- Our team is made up of real doctors who have extensive experience in their field as well as impressive knowledge about how to get into the country's best medical schools. All of our expert tutors have personal experience with med school exams and have ample insights into test material and test-taking strategies.
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