My Step2 CK Experience

The best thing you can do for your step 2 CK preparation is start it within a few days after you have given step 1. The more the content is fresh in your mind the less effort you have to make for CK. I started my prep about two to three weeks after I had given my step one.

I followed a very basic plan which was passed on to me by one of my friends. and I religiously followed it, with slight variations of my own.

My actual score: 264

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Observer-ship Guidelines Updated!

US clinical experience (USCE) is one of the important parts of your resume when you are going to apply for residency match process. Clinical electives have more impact than observerships. Benefits of clinical electives in US are: they are less expensive or even free of cost, easily available, more interaction with patients and you will be part of clinical team and some hospitals provide you the accommodation in the hospital premises with nominal charges or sometimes even free. But if you have missed the chance of getting clinical electives then you should definitely go for observerships at least.
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As IMGs, we tend to rely a lot on anecdotes from untrustworthy sources at online forums as opposed to hard facts and figures and I would like to clear many such confusions.

I am writing to share my experience of the 2014/2015 interview season to let all the prospective applicants get a head start and an insight into how to make the best of your interview season and not repeat the mistakes that the previous applicants made.

Road to the ACP National Abstract Finals


The interviewee for this article is Ambreen Raza whose research was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Abstract competitions. Her research was chosen to be one of the oral presentations at this event. In this article, she will share her steps to reaching the abstract finals. Her topic was Compliance with USPSTF Recommendations on Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Men: A Population Based Review Continue reading Road to the ACP National Abstract Finals

Guide for Step 2 CS -Updated for 2014! Part 1

Medicine and medical education have changed significantly over the years. In order to cater for these changes, the USMLE has also evolved. Each year, the changes planned for the USMLE exams are posted online at

It has been an understanding among candidates that the Step 2 CS exam has the lowest difficulty level among the USMLE exams. This has led many candidates to wrongly estimate the effort required for clearing the exam. As mentioned in the changes, the difficulty level for the CS exam and the grading policy has been revised. Due to these changes, there has been an increase in the number of IMGs failing to clear the exam. A setback at this level can be detrimental for a candidate’s chances for matching.

This article aims to increase the knowledge of aspiring USMLE Step 2 CS candidates and present these changes in a summarized form. The author and fellow contributors to this article have provided an approach which they believe would help increase the chances of clearing the exam successfully. Continue reading Guide for Step 2 CS -Updated for 2014! Part 1

Success tips for new medical interns

Success tips for new medical interns


This article is a reflection on the process and the valuable lessons I learned from my internal medicine residency which I recently completed. I am sharing my experiences to give incoming residents some tips based on the errors I made and from what I observed around me. I will cover the major points below.

I observed that without any prior academic or practical experience in the US, it becomes a difficult and time consuming process for new interns to get accustomed to the foreign system. Prior experience can be gained in the form of completing medical electives in US medical schools. Although the duration of these electives is usually not more than a few months, they provide valuable insights into work processes, performance requirements and culture. Continue reading Success tips for new medical interns

Best Practices for Becoming a good resident

There is more to becoming a good resident than just fulfilling the minimum program requirements. You need to possess a competitive edge that allows you to stand out and be a cut above the flock. It’s best to leave a lasting impression during your residency program and once you complete it. This impression is very important, especially if you want to enjoy the benefits of networking, referrals and collaborative opportunities. Continue reading Best Practices for Becoming a good resident

Paper work after the Match and Filing for Visas- Updated


I am writing this to share my experience of all the paper work after the match. As soon as you match you should immediately get in touch with the coordinator and ask for all the relevant paper work. Do not shy away from calling and repeatedly contacting him/her. Don’t be rude but be persistent as they have lots of work to do and some times your work can slip off their mind. So a gentle reminder can be helpful to both. Continue reading Paper work after the Match and Filing for Visas- Updated