Step 2 and Medicine Sub-I

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by jbernar1, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. jbernar1

    jbernar1 Senior Member
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    Jan 10, 2004
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    Does anybody know if people who do their junior internship in medicine before they take Step 2 do better than people who do not? Or does it even matter?
  2. Global Disrobal

    Global Disrobal Along for the ride
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    Sep 24, 2002
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    This thread is probably better suited for the USMLE forum, but to answer your question: Out of my friends (and I) we basically felt that the sub-I was a good help, but not as much as you think for Step 2. Study the books, sit, take it and get it over with. You'll know the material you need to know without a sub-I!
  3. Kalel

    Kalel Membership Revoked

    Feb 1, 2004
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    Yup, I agree. If your sub-i is like mine, you'll spend most of your time during the sub-i learning basic hospital management skills like writing orders, dosing medicines, and you'll have less free time to read about rare diseases that you will never see anywhere besides the USMLE then you did during your third year clerkship. It's not going to hurt your performance, but if you need to take step II early, I wouldn't put it right after your sub-i because you won't have time to study during it, and I wouldn't post-pone step II just to get your sub-i experience. If you are going into medicine, most the knowledge you learned during third year in ob, peds, and surgery that will appear on step II is most easily recalled right after third year.

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