Step 2 is similar in format to Step 1, but is more clinically oriented. The exam is actually 1 section longer than Step 1, but each section has 46 instead of 50 questions so you have a little bit more time to answer each question. The exam consists of questions from the 3rd year clinical rotations, as well as selected surgical subspecialties, neurology, emergency medicine, and a little radiology. Most people have not had all of these rotations prior to Step 2 so it is important to read a review book for these topics.
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Blueprints series has books on every topic covered in Step 2. Some students found that reviewing these books helped tremendously for Step 2, but others just didn't have the time to read them again. These books all contains USMLE Step 2 style questions, which may be a bonus for you. Again, it will be a personal decision based on time and amount of effort you want to put into Step 2.
Last Updated: 04/23/2014