Step 2 CS: Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
Every year, thousands of medical students take the Clinical Skills (CS) portion of the USMLE Step 2 examination series and approximately 1 in 10-20 do not pass. Unfortunately, for foreign medical graduates desiring a residency position in the United States (and who must pass Step 2 CS of the USMLE), language barriers and differences in medical school curricula can make that figure even bigger. What’s more is that frequently this exam is not given the respect it so deserves; it’s even been referred to as one of the most “expensive lunches” of medical school.
But what’s the big deal? It’s just Step 2 CS, right? Third year clinical rotations and countless clinical skills sessions with standardized patients have prepared you, right? How well do you remember how to take a focused history and do a well-thought-out neurologic exam while the clock is ticking? The truth is that Step 2 CS is just like any other exam within the USMLE family: it counts for residency applications, and while it just takes smart preparation to successfully pass it, it is also relatively simple to fail it. You absolutely do not want to be that person who has failed the Step 2 CS exam when it comes time to apply for residency in today’s increasingly competitive environment.
So how do you take matters into your own hands with Step 2 CS and take chance out of the equation? Click here