USMLE Step 2 Board Review Questions

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USMLE Step 2 Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pediatrics
  • Immunologic Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Ethics/Biostatistics/General Principals
  • Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
  • Neoplasms/Hematology
  • Diseases of the Blood and Blood-forming Organs
  • Diseases of the Nervous System and Special Senses
  • Diseases of the Respiratory System
  • Nutritional and Digestive Disorders
  • Renal, Urinary, and Male Reproductive Systems
  • Gynecologic and Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium
  • Disorders of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues
  • Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
  • Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period
  • Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions
  • Injury and Poisoning

About the USMLE Step 2 CK Exam

Step 2 CK is the second board exam you will take during medical school that is sponsored by both the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners. The test is designed to determine if students can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science necessary for the provision of patient care under supervisions, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Our question bank is specifically designed to teach you the kind of thinking that you need to know.

What is covered on the USMLE Step 2 CK Exam?

According to the USMLE Step 2 CK Content Outline, the following is covered:

Systems & Processes

  • General Principles of Foundational Science
  • Immune System
  • Blood & Lymphoreticular Systems
  • Behavioral Health
  • Nervous System & Special Senses
  • Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Renal & Urinary Systems
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium
  • Female Reproductive System & Breast
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Endocrine System
  • Multisystem Processes & Disorders
  • Biostatistics & Epidemiology/Population Health
  • Interpretation of the Medical Literature

Physician Tasks/Competencies

  • Medical Knowledge/Scientific Concepts
  • Patient Care: Diagnosis
    • History/Physical Examination
    • Laboratory/Diagnostic Studies
    • Diagnosis
    • Prognosis/Outcome
  • Patient Care: Management
    • Health Maintenance/Disease Prevention
    • Pharmacotherapy
    • Clinical Interventions
    • Mixed Management
    • Surveillance for Disease Recurrence
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based Practice/Patient Safety
  • Practice-based Learning

How long is the USMLE Step 2 CK Exam?

The actual Step 2 CK is a full day examination (9 hours) and is generally considered by our students to be harder than the other Step examinations. The exam is made up of about 318 MCQ's, divided into eight 60 minute sets. You will be given an hour for each set, and each set includes 40 questions or less. When you are setting up the exam on our system, we suggest allocating 90 seconds per question to give you a feel for the real thing.

USMLE Step 2 CK Study Tips

Again, when you are setting up the exam on our system, we suggest allocating 90 seconds per question to give you a feel for the real thing.

We also suggest using our system in the following way.

  • Start with a timed exam to gauge your overall performance
  • Compare yourself to other students using our score comparison tool
  • Go through the entire question bank in ‘Review Mode’, reading the explanations even if you think you understand the concept. The explanations contain a lot of detail to help you.
  • One week before the exam, start getting back into the habit of taking timed exams to make sure you have the right pacing.

Looking for Step 1 or Step 3 exam content?

Check out our Step 1 question bank and Step 3 question bank.