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Has anyone taken the ximedus cs prep course? Do you suggest takING it? Is it good?
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Wink I am planning to take it

Hello, I live in Naples FL, and I am planning to take the Ximedus 5 day course in mid-May, have scheduled Step 2 CS for June 26th, in Houston. I am an IMG form Cuba
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Hello, I live in Naples FL, and I am planning to take the Ximedus 5 day course in mid-May, have scheduled Step 2 CS for June 26th, in Houston. I am an IMG form Cuba
Hey my exam is also on 26th june at Houston! Confused between Golds and Ximedus. I am an IMG from India.
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I did some research on this and other online forums, and found better reviews for Ximedus. Gold seems to be a good one too. I already registered for the Ximedus 5-day course, May 15th to May 19. We have the real test scheduled for the same date! Good Luck!!!
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I did some research on this and other online forums, and found better reviews for Ximedus. Gold seems to be a good one too. I already registered for the Ximedus 5-day course, May 15th to May 19. We have the real test scheduled for the same date! Good Luck!!!
Good luck to you too! See you at houston! Which hotel you gonna stay btw? venetian?
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Hello, I live in Naples FL, and I am planning to take the Ximedus 5 day course in mid-May, have scheduled Step 2 CS for June 26th, in Houston. I am an IMG form Cuba
Hey there
don't want to alarm you but I did this course in 2009 and did not find it as useful as KAPLAN in Newark, NJ. I failed the CS exam but aced it after Kaplan a few months later. Kaplan was far more detailed, organised and thorough, placing emphasis on all aspects of the exam not just communication skills. If you're too late to get into a Kaplan step 2 CS course,see if you can at least do their mock CS exam, you will get extremely useful written feedback.
Good luck !
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Hello!!

Well, I did the Ximedus course in February, and took my CS exam 10 days later. Will give you a sincere opinion here!!

First of all, I want to mention that there are threads about people that failed CS after doing Kaplan, after doing Ximedus, after doing Gold and so goes on. So don't think there is a particular course that can guarantee you to pass.

Well, I have studied a little before doing Ximedus, but not much. For example, I haven't finished FA before the course. In the first day of Ximedus, the first thing they do is to make you do a "diagnostic" test, where you see around 6-8 patients and they can point out your weakness. You should see me there! haha I was a joke I didn't even know how to enter a room and how to introduce myself to the patient. Seriously.

The course is very good (in my opinion) in CIS and SEP component, because they can teach you how to talk with patients and etc in a short period of time. But for ICE, I am not that sure. Like, they cannot teach you how to come up with differentials and all the exams that you have to ask and bla bla bla in JUST 3 days! So don't expect a great course if you are bad in ICE.. For this component, it is better to read FA many times till you have everything in your mind. But Ximedus does help with physical examination a LOT!

In the course, there were around 8 people in the class I guess. I kept in touch with 3 of them and they all passed! Don't know about others. But we 4 passed with scores far from borderline in CIS, for example

Anyway, just want to say that Ximedus was good for me. I think it can give you an idea about how the exam is and you have the opportunity to practice with someone (that is not your friend or study partner) giving you feedback. I think it is a good course if you have few time to prepare BUT it cannot make miracles.. Like any course you choose But since I knew nothing in the begining and still passed 1st attempt, it totally worth it for me..

Ah, and just to mention: I am from Latin America, and in my country MOST people do Ximedus (due to price and proximity to my country- it is much cheaper for us to reach Florida). I have NEVER heard of anyone that failed after doing Ximedus.. So that is a plus! Well, the choice is yours.. There are lots of opinions here in this forum, choose the course that seems best for you!!! Good luck
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If you are an IMG from India I would suggest you to check out Mehak Academy's 10 day course.
We focus on making sure you are well prepared for all sorts of complaints by going over differentials. We do multiple cases and do instant feedback so you can fix your mistakes right then and there. We make you do notes for every single case so you can improve typing as well as receive feedback about the quality of the note.
We also provide online tutoring and mock practical exams.
Call us @ 8860081357 or email mehakacademy@gmail.com
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