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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (December 4, 2012)
  • ASIN: B008EAVK2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,701,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very clear and easy to read.
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This book has been great for studying for boards.
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This is the best review book for USMLE Step 2 CK.
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100 of 113 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on January 21, 2013
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In 24 hours there have been 5 new 5 star reviews by people that have reviewed nothing else. This has made me really doubt this product and the integrity of Dr. Fischer. It looks easy to read on first glance but I noticed fairly quickly that there are a lot of things missing (like for starters, all of biostats). I just randomly wanted to look up DVT/PE prophylaxis in pregnancy (a common ob topic) to see if it would be different than non-pregnant (as in DO NOT USE WARFARIN)... and it does not make any mention of this. Bottom line, be vary careful in solely relying on this book and the reviews on amazon for it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alex Maldonado on April 16, 2014
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Hey everyone! I found it easy to read and very helpful specially for Internal Medicine. My advice for all of you having 8 weeks for reviewing is to go over Kaplan Lecture Notes, supplement with Master the boards 2 CK strongly for Internal Medicine, then use Master the boards 3 for all other areas of specialty; Peds, OBGYN, Surgery ect and go back to First Aid for STEP 1, yes First aid for step 1 ONLY for Bio-statistics, Ethics and such topics.

In general Master the boards Step 2CK is a great addition to your overall weapons in getting ready for Step 2 CK but don't rely on it solely. Also be aware that you MUST get a question bank (my choice, USMLE world) and DO ALL THE QUESTIONS, timed, random and closer to the big day, do at least 2 simulated full length tests taking the breaks as if you were in the real exam. Believe me, endurance and physical training is also a part of the prep. Also try to do at least 2-3 NBME Tests.

So, get your study books together and BEGIN! Don't forget DO ALL THE QUESTION BANK !!! TIMED, RANDOM, TAKE NOTES OF WHAT YOU NEED TO REVIEW AND NAIL IT !!!

BEST WISHES !
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JP on October 25, 2013
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Like all things on amazon, i buy items based on reviews. I was surprised this book had better reviews than First Aid, as I lived by first aid for Step 1 and its many other clerkship-specific books. Regardless, I figured it was worth a shot.

This book is useless because it serves no purpose for step2 studying. It's lacking in all areas. It's brevity on topics makes me question what they were thinking when it was composed. I often couldn't find supplemental info on drugs, syndromes and diseases i found difficult on uworld. On top of that, a lot of the information it did have was extremely obvious or just plain silly. For ex, a box on one page said, in response to uterine atony, "a = without, tony = tone." Wow! Or, may favorite, "uterine rupture means there's a whole in the uterus." OH my, now it makes sense! Thanks for clarifying. It also lacks useful memorization tools that First Aid offers.

Overall, I'm very disappointed with this book. I stopped using it after a few weeks. Based on my scores in school, I can unequivocally say this book will not help you master anything.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dansomatic on June 26, 2014
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This book has almost none of the information that you would expect. If you do this book and UWorld, you would have to write everything into this book because it has nothing. This is book is made like it is for an introduction to the main topic. VERY DISAPPOINTING. For example, try to look up syncope. There is NO section on syncope.

UPDATE:

The more I get into this book the more upset I get. Another example of how this book is organized/non organized, if I were to ask you, "Where do you think TTP/HUS should be?" You would probably say somewhere in hem, WRONG. It is in nephro, like really? The book is lacking so much that I feel like I am better off just not using it. If you need a last minute book, fine. Actually, go and do uworld and make your own book.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stan on April 16, 2013
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I used this book to study in combination with step 2 secrets and Uworld. I read it once through and then annotated as I went along. My impression was that it was quite good at getting most of the important points of every section. The tips, side boxes and bold print were well done and the questions in the book offered good explanations of the reasoning behind the answers. Pediatrics was the weakest section and felt like a lot of emphasis on lower yield topics compared to the other sections.

Overall, it was good at what it tried to do, which is not cover every detail but the most likely tested. So not comprehensive but concise.

I took off a star for the total lack of Biostats (At least give us the formulas) and for the index. The index was annoying at times and looking for a specific condition was difficult which leads to time wasting as you skim the section where you think it should be.

That said I would still recommend it if you are looking for a good study guide.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alex on January 3, 2013
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I have both editions now and I haven't had a chance to do a page by page analysis but I will say that this new edition has more info on its pages overall...so it looks like a decent amount was added. Some chapters seemed unchanged but I did notice alot more of those side-note (green box) things. The only negative of this book when compared to the older edition is that the page quality feels a little cheaper (less 'shiny' pages and more of a bible-ish paper feel); so be wary of the type of highlighter you use.

Regardless, if you hate the outline format of the step-up series this book has a little less info but is much much much easier to read.
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