Introducing the Step 2 CK Clerkship Crash Cart!

Are you ready to move from the classroom to the hospital wards? You know your residents and attendings are going to put you on the spot, and you only get one chance to make a great first impression!

To put your reputation at ease and improve your clinical knowledge for your clerkships, utilize the new component of the Step 2 CK Review Course - the Clerkship Crash Cart.  This new component of the Doctors In Training Step 2 CK Review Course is built to improve your knowledge for your clerkships, shelf exams and USMLE Step 2 CK exam, available July 1, 2014.

The Crash Cart component provides unlimited access to 350 open-ended study questions and video answers, given by the Doctors In Training MD staff, arranged topically by rotation.

Here is how the Crash Cart is organized:

Rotation # of questions # of sets
Pediatrics 50 questions 5 sets of 10 questions
Psychiatry 50 questions 5 sets of 10 questions
Obstetrics/Gynecology 50 questions 5 sets of 10 questions
Surgery 50 questions 5 sets of 10 questions
Internal Medicine 100 questions 10 sets of 10 questions
Dermatology/Emergency Medicine/
50 questions 5 sets of 10 questions


Beginning July 1, 2014, access to the Crash Cart questions is available to you at time-of-purchase of your Step 2 CK course, and continues through your third year of medical school and your USMLE Step 2 CK exam.

How can Crash Cart support your rotations? The Crash Cart component is flexible, knowing that student needs vary at each school and with every rotation. You can consume these questions and answers in a number of different ways. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Divide the applicable questions by the number of weeks you’ll spend on that rotation and complete that many questions per week
  • Print out all of the PDFs for a given rotation and identify questions that fit your rotation experiences
  • Complete and review all of the relevant questions over a single weekend prior to starting a given rotation

In addition, there may be other options that work best with your schedule and study needs.

As mentioned above, your unique schedule of clinical rotations and the countdown to your Step 2 CK exam determine the best plan of action for your studies. Here are some additional recommendations for optimizing the Crash Cart component in relation to your exam date:

Today’s Date Crash Cart Usage Suggestions
7+ months
before exam
Work through the relevant question sets as you move through each rotation as described in the bullet points above
3-6 months
before exam
Work through the relevant question sets as you move through each rotation  and focus on any other areas of challenge prior to starting the Step 2CK Video Series
2 months
or less
before exam
Review your most difficult rotations prior to or, if necessary while working through the Step 2CK Video Series

The Crash Cart will be automatically included for current users of the 2014 Step 2 CK Review Course as well as all future 2014 and 2015 course purchases. Our advising team is available to help you with your study calendar and more. Stay tuned for the Crash Cart’s debut this July!

About DIT Advising Team

The Doctors In Training Student Advising Team offers many advisory services including the following: customizing individual study plans for USMLE Step 1/ COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2 CK/ COMLEX Level 2, advising students with respect to combating everyday stress and test anxiety and preparing students for the residency application process.

2 Responses to “Introducing the Step 2 CK Clerkship Crash Cart!”

  1. tle16 says:

    For the crash cart, which textbook do we use to aid us in finding the answers for the questions?

    • DIT Advising says:

      The DIT Step 2 CK review course is not tied to any particular review book, so you may use any resource you like. The Video Series videos include page references to Step-Up to Medicine and Step-Up to Step 2, so either or both of those would be helpful. (Step-Up to Medicine is a very popular resource for 3rd year rotations, especially in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.) But you may use any book you like, including First Aid for Step 2, Crush Step 2, the Secrets series, etc. Major medical textbooks (Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Williams Obstetrics, Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics , Sabiston Textbook of Surgery) are also good resources that you should begin to become familiar with.

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