Step 2 includes test items in the following content areas:
♦ internal medicine
♦ obstetrics and gynaecology
♦ preventive medicine
♦ other areas relevant to provision of care under supervision Most Step 2 test items describe clinical situations and require that you provide one or more of the following:
♦ an indication of underlying mechanisms of disease
♦ the next Step in medical care, including preventive measures Step 2 is a broadly based, integrated examination. It frequently requires interpretation of tables and laboratory data, imaging studies, photographs of gross and microscopic pathologic specimens, and results of other diagnostic studies.
Step 2 classifies test items along two dimensions: physician task and disease category.
Normal Conditions and Disease Categories . Normal growth and development and general principles of care . Individual organ systems or types of disorders
♦ immunologic disorders
♦ diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs
♦ mental disorders
♦ diseases of the nervous system and special senses
♦ cardiovascular disorders
♦ diseases of the respiratory system
♦ nutritional and digestive disorders
♦ gynaecologic disorders
♦ renal, urinary, and male reproductive systems
♦ disorders of pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium
♦ disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
♦ diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
♦ endocrine and metabolic disorders
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