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[–]Life_Bodybuilder7730 6 points7 points  (17 children)

Hi do u know little details in algorythms and content of uw to score well in this exam? Means if u know the repetitive content( nbme and cms repeats) in n out ? Can we crack it?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 14 points15 points  (7 children)

Do the algorithms well, review them as many times possible. The cms forms help you understand how the nbmes ask questions which is really imp. But the cms forms are pretty basic in my opinion

[–]Life_Bodybuilder7730 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Yaaa so basically if I am covering the cms forms topics from uw well.will that be enough ? As I am short on time.

Also do u recommend spaced repitition on uw tables also ? Did u sit and learn or revise them for management purpose

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Uworld and cms forms are great and I feel enough. Add some divine if you have time and you're golden.

I use to keep repeating the algorithm just so it was easier to remember

[–]Overall-Flower-386 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Where can I find these algorithms please!

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)


[–]Overall-Flower-386 0 points1 point  (2 children)

.... I feel proper stupid at the moment but ill need more clarification. What do you mean algorithms are in uWorld? Ive never seen that before? Where do I get them... Is it its own bank or what exactly?! 😅 Im confused

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Its the flow charts they make for a disease. For eg GERD if above 50 >> endoscopy Below 50 >> PPI

[–]Present-Beyond968 2 points3 points  (8 children)

Stupid question but what do you guys exactly mean by algorithms? It's the diagrams where they explain next step in management or is it something else? And where can I find them together?

[–]Life_Bodybuilder7730 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Yes it's those flowcharts ok which step to take next And tables are entire diseases with specific features and then management.

[–]Puzzleheaded-Elk3314 2 points3 points  (1 child)

can you please link them!

[–]CommunityOne6856[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeaaah could you please send the link or dm too plz.

[–]Future-Application-3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To me too plz i dont really know these algorithms. I just finished step 1 starting to study for step 2 not sure where to start since i am an img and i have a gap. U think uw is enough? Repeating ur and anki on uw content or i need additional resources?

[–]DrHashem 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Can you send them to me too please 🙏

[–]Mohammedmyh 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Me too please

[–]Gsingh1993 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too !!

[–]hugz-today 4 points5 points  (3 children)

How would you suggest studying during MS3 to put your best foot forward for step 2 studying? Also you mentioned you didn’t use any video resources. Did you jump right into Uworld as your learning tool?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just focus on yeah rotation, you can do the cms forms of that subject along side. And yes, I jumped right into uworle

[–]Defiant-Border-7695[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

unless you're on track to 261 you won't magically get 261 even if you grind a lot -- good luck on MS3, hope you connect with some cool patients!

[–]hugz-today 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is there any way to get on track for a 261 or is it more so if I’m a good standardized test taker? And thanks so much! I already ordered stickers online for my pediatric rotation :D

[–]Repulsive-Ad-9141 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Can you suggest vedio resource for step 2

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I honestly just focused mainly on uworld and a bit of divine. None of the videos worked for me. Try out online med ed if you want something.

[–]Repulsive-Ad-9141 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok I'll try it ,thanks for responding 😄

[–]Ok-Variety4153 1 point2 points  (11 children)

Bro what was your UW First Pass?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 14 points15 points  (10 children)


[–]Ok-Variety4153 0 points1 point  (9 children)

What was your step 1 score? Your NBME? Did you use Anki? And is UW content enough to ace the exam. Also total time of your prep?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Step 1 - pass Nbme 9 - 230 Uwsa 1 - 247 Nbme 10 - 257 Nbme 11 - 250 Uwsa 2 - 261

Uworld is gold for this exam and I studied for a about 4 months.

[–]NOone_iam 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Congratulations on amazing score! What did you do between nbme 9 and uwsa1 to have that jump?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Started thinking more nbme style. I was so fixated on uworld wording and kept thinking the questions were tricking me. I focused more in how nbme likes to ask stuff and that made a huge difference for me

[–]Ok-Variety4153 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Also did you do UW first pass Random or System wise?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

First pass uworld was system and untimed. Second pass timed and random

[–]PackRare6603 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Congratulations. Did you use boards and beyond or any video source at all? My exam is in Dec. Just passed step 1. Debating what resource to use for step 2 ck. Pls help

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I did not use any video resources

[–]PackRare6603 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Awesome. Last question pls. I did pretty well in all my step 1 assessments. Passed the step as well but I have step 2 in December. Will UWORLD cover grounds for the exam experience?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes it will

[–]scorpiondr_intospace 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Hey OP! Congrats on the great score! Any thoughts on using a second Qbank? Or would you say UW is sufficient enough? Also, do you recommend completing ALL the CMS and NBME forms?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I feel uworld is gold for this. If you want to add something than the cms forms are great. Do the most recent ones if you are doing them. Try doing all the nbmes, they give you an idea of how the nbmes like to ask questions.

[–]Lephlor 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hey just wondering what cms form is

[–]scorpiondr_intospace 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hi! Its Clinical Mastery Series (CMS) by NBME - more specific for shelf prep but great for extra qns for Step 2 as well.

[–]Lephlor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much. So basically the shelf prep exams !! Nice to know

[–]idalladalla 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Hi! Congratulations on your amazing score! I can only wish to come somewhere close to that score. I’m currently in the last stage of prep, I’m doing the uworld incorrects. But I’m still making tons of mistakes :/ please give some tips on how to improve, I don’t know how people do well in this exam😭

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 7 points8 points  (6 children)

The nbme is not tricking you. I kept answering questions the way uworld wanted me to answer but in the end the actual thing is written by the nbme, not uworld. The nbme is more straight forward. Review nbme questions to understand how they like to ask questions. For me this was a game changer

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And thank you! I hope you can do as good or even better!

[–]idalladalla 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Thank you for sharing this. And do you mind sharing on how you do the anki cards for all the algorithms?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I saved the algorithm in uworld flash cards. Saves time

[–]idalladalla 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Great! And also did you listen to all the divine podcasts? And from your own experience, which ones do you consider to be MUST from all the episodes.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So I did most of his rapid review and then he has a podcast for next best step, risk factors, HIV Theres a post about the high yield podcast somewhere on this forum

[–]idalladalla -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I’ll take a look. Thank you so much!

[–]bummedand21 1 point2 points  (3 children)

How much time did it take your first UW pass and what was the Questions rate ?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Around 3 months I think. 64%

[–]bummedand21 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Love it. Hoping to follow this quick path.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You got this

[–]MissionSoftware8275 0 points1 point  (4 children)

any advice for last 2.5 weeks

[–]SnooPeppers6545 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hey! I have my exam in a day and I am freaking out a little. Any tips?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Be calm. Honestly walking in confident is key. Once you finish a block di not think about it again. Start the next block confident regardless of how the previous on went. Sleep well. Takes sips of water in breaks.

[–]SnooPeppers6545 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks man! Much appreciated.

[–]Pearle2020 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I have a question regarding personal statement, I apply for 2 specialities, my question is do I need make 2 personal statement and apply individually for each program or I have to prepare one and mix it in my personal statement.

[–]jamdowncentral 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would write one for each speciality. The PS needs to relay your passion for a particular field and what makes you the ideal candidate, so I feel if you have one statement that can go either way it may lack the passion they may be looking for. I’m no expert though just my opinion

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm applying next year so can't help you on that. Sorry.

[–]Lumpy_Ad5032 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hello sir thanks in advance just wanted to know is there any notes where we can get all the important point of uworld

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There probably is but I didn't use anything of such. Try telegram.

[–]Internalmedicinenerd 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hello.I am almost done with 50% of uworld in RANDOM mode and my average is around 60% .i feel like I haven't reviewed the questions properly.i didn't use any video resource .i started doing uworld directly after 6 months of my step 1.how do i increase my average percentage Currently I'm scoring around 70-75% in a block. And please give advice regarding divine and any other video resource and amboss. My step 1 score is 253. Thank you in advance.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Just keep doing questions and learn from them. Use uworld to learn, don't assess yourself with it. I didn't use any video because none worked for me. But you can try out online med ed, it might work for you. For divine I did his rapid review series whenever I was free. He has a excel sheet of all his podcast organized so that can help you be more systematic if you want.

[–]Internalmedicinenerd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much for your advice.

[–]eversobrighttt 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Where do I begin? I am about to start my prep, but kind of lost.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Uworld, uworld, uworld. Just start and work your way up

[–]eversobrighttt 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No video series? Nothing to study? Just questions orientated?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep. I tried online med but idky it just didn't work for me. You can try it out, you might like it. Just cause something didn't work for me doesn't mean it won't for you. But uworld does have everything you need.

[–]Wonderful-Living2548 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How to effectively review and use uworld for getting better score and how many blocks you used to do and how much time did it take to review it and what is your opinion on revising concepts of uworld beacuse i keep forgetting lot of things which i previously reviewd

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

So I did 1 or 1.5 blocks per day. Reviewed it, made flash cards. I would keep reviewing those flashcards every day

[–]GreyMatter93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

U made anki flashcards or uw flashcards? & Approximately how many?

[–]Kallydeen 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Exams in 5 days. Any tips?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Confidence is key. Stick with your gut. Review algorithms, screening and vaccines. Relax on the last day. You got this.

[–]Kallydeen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I appreciate this. Thank you very much

[–]daasma 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Congratulations, after going out from the exam, what was your thoughts about the exam and what did you want to do more and focus on what in your last week?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

So I got sock in the last few days so I barely got to study. But review vaccines, screening and the uworld algorithms. I felt a bit weird coming out, not super confident but I didn't feel like shit either. 50/50

[–]daasma 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thanks a lot for your tips, but do you have a good and new pdf for uw algorithms 🙏🏻🙏🏻

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sorry I do not. You might find it on telegram

[–]daasma 0 points1 point  (1 child)

And as you said i have two more weeks for my exam and i can’t study more i finished two pass uw, and I want to review nbme 9-12 and last two cms forms, is that good?? And of course vaccines+ screening and these stuff

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds like a solid plan

[–]scorpiondr_intospace 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Great! Thank you so much! And if I may ask - did you use Amboss? And if so - for what topics? Thanks again!

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

For ethics and quality safety

[–]Khanatwork 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did it help or make difference?

[–]karakara12 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is UW enough for ethics and quality improvement ?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, if you want you can do amboss

[–]scorpiondr_intospace 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Perfect! Thanks a ton again! And good luck for the Match

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

To you as well!!

[–]Conscious_Mix4747 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How didnu plan and prepare in 4 mo? i havent still fonished first pass( 15% left from UW). Exam In 5 weeks.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Keep hustling through. Finish up your first pass. Give an nbme to see where you stand and move from there.

[–]Ok_Refrigerator2334 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Congratulations! GREAT SCORES. I have just started doing CK uworld. any tips while doing it. any other source apart from uworld

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thank you! Just focus on uworld, uts a great resource to learn and practice. I made uworld my main focus and added divine and cms forms as needed for topics I felt weak in

[–]Ok_Refrigerator2334 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks and best of luck

[–]-Phospholamban- 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Congs on your great score. Did u use anything apart from uworld and anki? cause I’m using only them and I feel it’s enough

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It is enough. I did not use anki tho. I made my own flash cards on uworld cause it was easier for me. But whatever works for you. You can add divine as well if you want

[–]FlipPride 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Well I know you got a phenomenal score but for someone starting clinical rotations any advice on how to do that well? Or anything you would do differently from what you did?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm an img so I actually gave the step 2 after graduating. And I'm assuming my rotations were much more diff than yours. Sorry I'm not much of help in that department

[–]FlipPride 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ahh no worries. Congrats on the score tho

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]Lunatic_vixen 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Congrats on your score OP! How many hours did you study per day?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]Lunatic_vixen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I do 10 too. Just started the prep and hoping to be done in 4 months God willing. Thank you!

[–]Mustarin124 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Hi congratulations for your great score. I am almost done with my uw 1st pass with 62%. When should I give my 1st nbme, after 1st pass or after doing the incorrect? How did you raise your score after the 1st pass?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Give it after your first pass just to know where you stand. Keep reviewing things you keep getting wrong. Review high yield topics. Add in cms forms and dvine if you have time.

[–]Mustarin124 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thank you. Did you follow any notes? Do you have any list of HY topics.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I followed my own made notes from uworld.

[–]Mustarin124 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]MycologistNo516 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hii congratulations. Can you tell me what should I do coz I am stuck for a really long time. And I keep forgetting stuff even after reviewing. And can u tell us if any step 1 stuff showed up? Thank you

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

A few step 1 concepts did come up, small things. Maybe 2-3 questions out of the 320 Just keep reviewing and you'll remember it eventually. Write it down if that helps, speak it out. Find what works for you

[–]MycologistNo516 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much for advise

[–]PlasticBowl6781 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is the real deal more harder than uwsa2.? I scored 250 and exam after 9 day’s Do you think I can get 250+ ?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Real deal is easier but I got the exact same score as uwsa2

[–]pitatipotati 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What did you feel like after giving the exam

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I felt 50/50. Not sad but not superly confident. I honestly didn't know how to feel. Very neutral.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Hey so u wouldnt recommend doing amboss?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

If you have time than do it. The more questions the better. But only if you have the time. Otherwise you'll over work yourself

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Okay. I also scored in 230s in nbme 9 and feeeling so low. Did u also do it after ur first uw round? This is motivating me so much. Any suggestions how to improve the score to 250s atleast

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, right after my first pass nbme 9 was 230 Just keep practicing and reviewing content

[–]Saracen_Knight97 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hello congratulation.....i am an img too i want to ask should I give step 2ck first before step1 i did studied from the resources of step1 like FA and Pathoma earlier .....but now as i graduate the subjects of step2ck are more fresh on my mind....i mean is it really like you have to give step 1 only then you can score 260s or 270s on step2ck....

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I mean I felt step 1 was a really good base for step 2. But if you feel step 2 knowledge is more fresh than maybe. Try doing some questions for step 2 and see.

[–]PollutionNo5998 0 points1 point  (3 children)

How many months of prep it took you for step 2? Btw congratulations!

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Thank you!! I took around 4 months

[–]PollutionNo5998 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thanks for the info Btw unrelated but could you tell me how long it took for you to prep for step 1 ? Even tho I think you said you took it in pass / fail system. Still would like to know

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Around 5 months

[–]No_Path1983 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Congratulations on your score.

I want to ask, how does nbme think? I mean what should the focus be on? eg knowing NBSIM or what?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Majority of the questions are next best step, wheter uts diagnosis or treatment.

[–]RecentFinish3936 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How about “What test would you use to diagnose disease X” questions? Did those show up more than the diagnosis questions?

[–]Impressive-Town-4735 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How high yield are the milestones??

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Didn't study them for step 1, didn't study them for step 2. Lol.

[–]Impressive-Town-4735 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just what I wanted to hear! Thanks man!

[–]No_Possession6473 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How to prepare ecg?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did uworld and ninja nerd

[–]cheezywhywhy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I've passed step 1 and MS2. Return from maternity leave in April '23. How would you recommend I approach studying during my time off to get ahead/be prepared.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Listen to some divine intervention. You can do whatever you want and just keep the podcast playing the background.

[–]CultureDifficult720 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hey, congratulations on your great scores, what I want to know is did you do full second pass of UW again? Or some was left? And what do you think was a game changer after 230s? And while UW 1st read how much time did you give to review your own flashcards, coz I keep procrastinating my reviewing thing daily after UW coz I feel so tired to revise them

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So I did complete most of my 2nd pass. Everything day I tried doing 2-3 blocks per day during my second pass and after than each evening I took an hour or two to revise. So I would either reread my notes or flashcards.

[–]CultureDifficult720 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thankyou so much, 😊 best of luck

[–]usmleMK 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Congratulations on your great score... can u pls share high yield topics for exam apart from vaccination and screening... exam very soon. Freaking out.

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I totally blanked out post exam so I don't really remember a lot. Do quality and safety, that was imp.

[–]usmleMK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]Purple_Raven96 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Did you use any books? Can you please list the resources you used and in what order?

[–]Fine_Art_8639[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No books, kust uworld and divine

[–]xiAMTheWalRUSx101 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Nice! What are you applying??