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Old 04-08-2015
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Sorry, I know this isn't the right forum but I didn't get any replies in the step 2 cs thread and I'm really scared about this exam! Hopefully anyone can give me some input.
I took my cs a few weeks ago and really scared about how it went. Especially the ICE part, if someone could shed some light:

1) can't remember it
2) should've put the the 2nd ddx as first and vice versa but they were both good. 3rd ddx was way off, had one supporting point, don't know why I even put it
3) first 2 ddx pretty wrong. 3rd ddx was way off (had supporting points but only 1-2)
4) went well
5) went well
6) went ok
7) encounter went ok, ddx were also ok (i didn't have more than 2 supporting points for each ddx)
8) really wasn't sure what patient had, weak ddx and 1-2 points supporting them
9) went well, but forgot 1-2 important questions about chief complaint
10) went well, but forgot 1-2 important questions about chief complaint as well
11) went well
12) went well


Aside from that I would usually finish with 1-2 minutes to spare after closure, counseling and the basics (washing hands, proper draping, knocking, physical exam etc). I'm mostly worried about the ICE but then again who knows about the other sections, I just feel I messed up a bunch of diagnosis that I should've gotten.

Thanks for any advice
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Old 04-08-2015
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its obvious you're scared, just reading your username would reach that conclusion, well realistically NO ONE can tell u how u did.
but I heard worse things after the exam from friends and they all passed and at the same time heard great things from others but eventually they haven't passed it. so with that being said Go relax enjoy your USMLE journey and don't think about it.
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its obvious you're scared, just reading your username would reach that conclusion, well realistically NO ONE can tell u how u did.
but I heard worse things after the exam from friends and they all passed and at the same time heard great things from others but eventually they haven't passed it. so with that being said Go relax enjoy your USMLE journey and don't think about it.
^ This. I was utterly convinced I failed CS despite having relatively good Step scores, I passed. I know more than a few people that had very high step scores (>250) felt very confident then failed CS.

I'm not sure, but it seems sometimes people over estimate how well they did, but mostly those who think they failed end up passing.

You more than likely passed. None the less, it doesn't make you feel any less stressed just as I felt the same until you get that email stating you passed.
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What others are telling you is true. Nobody can tell you for certain but usually people who are overconfident dont do as well as they think and people who are freaking out actually did better than they think. I am from the latter. I was certain I failed. I already started researching for people who matched with CS attempts. I ended up passing very high. Sometimes I think the nbme screwed up and gave my test results to someone else and somwhere in the country there is someone who got my grade crying in a dark room. Anyway Just be patient and assume the best. Good luck!
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But based on what you said. It looks like your mistakes aren't bad I made some worse ones. Its just so hard to say for certain since the CS grading is so subjective and the test is complete bull shnit
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