What is the difference between USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK?

and how bout the other step2? step 2 cs if I'm not mistaken. Is it like OSCE?

2 Answers

  • Tubby
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The USMLE Step 1 is split into a variety of subdisciplines, similar to the curriculum of most medical schools. Within each subtopic, an attempt is made to test knowledge on "Normal Processes", "Abnormal Processes", Principles of Therapy" and "Psychosocial, cultural and environmental considerations". The basic disiciplines include topics in (the NBME uses different words to describe the topics, but the topics fall into these descriptions): biochemsitry and molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and development, pathology, psychiatry, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, and statistics.

    The NBME further specifies the topics to be tested within physiology, including systems biology (neurobiology, immunology, general physiology, etc.).

    The USMLE Step 2 is broken into two distinct sections. The first section is designed to test your knowledge of the clinical fundamentals needed for the practice of medicine ("Clinical Knowledge", also known as USMLE Step 2 CK). Like any standardized test, it has its problems, but it tries to ensure that students are ready for the clinical part of their training.

    The second part is USMLE Step 2 CS, or "Clinical Skills". This is a "live" exam in which you have 15 minutes to examine "Standardized Patients." The goal of this part of the exam is to determine if you have the basic skills in history taking and physical exam. This type of exam used to be limited to foreign medical graduates, but has been recently expanded so that all graduates must take the exam.

    USMLE Step 1 Question Format

    There is only one question format for USMLE Step 1: "Single question best answer".

    USMLE Step 2 Question Format

    All questions are multiple choice, but requiring either 1) best answer, 2) matching one-to-one, or 3) matching with more than one answer

  • Donna
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Others have this right but here is an easy explanation. you need a common denominator which will be the 4 from the 1/4. The denominator, or bottom of a fraction must match in all numbers to add or subtract the numbers. what you can do is multipy ANYTHING by 1 and still have the same number so.... 8 x (4/4) = 32/4 ...add to the 1/4 and you have 33/4 = 8 1/4 5 x (4/4) = 20/4 ...add (1/2 x 2/2 ) or 2/4 and you have 22/4 = 5 1/2 so 8 1/4 minus 5 1/2 = 33/4 - 22/4 = 11/4 11/4 ( divide it our) = 2 3/4

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.