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Old 05-22-2015
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Save It! Anyone has taken the Gold Usmle Review in Houston?

Hello there!

I am interested in taking the gold USMLE step2 CS review course in Houston, i havent decided yet because customer service for this course is TERRIBLE.. i was pretty decided on taking it until i called...
Please share your experience!

Thanks!
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Default Do NOT take the USMLEGOLD review in HOUSTON

Absolutely AWFUL

The instructor wasn't even there for most of the course. I don't think any of my fellow classmates' Pt notes got graded after the full length practice test. Most of the course notes given out in the beginning were the ones you can get online (search for Dr Khalil notes). A LOT of my fellow students were actually IMGs who were re-taking the class after they had failed the CS after their 1st time taking the course. (red flag)

Helpful hints that were given during the class about asking the SP's about the generic names if they tell you they are taking a drug you don't recognize were actually false. Friend of mine asked the SP for the generic name of a drug and they just stared at him like "Oh, you are SO gonna fail!"

Stay away. Maybe the NY GOLD review is better, i don't know.
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So what live course do you suggest?Please help
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So what live course do you suggest?Please help

@mana2014:

The Kaplan step 2 CS review seems to be very highly rated. But it costs $3,000.

Haven't taken it, myself. So I can't say for certain.

I think it also depends on the kind of training you received from your school / rotations, so you should also check with classmates who have already passed, see what worked for them.

Sorry i can't be more helpful.
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Thank you,,,,,,,
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It is obvious that this "contessabreur" works for Kaplan and has financial gain with this fake post
Contessa has no problem recommending Kaplan which charges 2000 more than Goldusmle
The doctor with Goldusmle was at the center the whole time when I took the course And they also have DVR recording of the course instructor present at all times, their patient notes are also automatically graded with their system so you are a fake liar that works for Kaplan
I felt the gold cs course is the best out there and they offer a lot for such a low price they should raise their price their standardized patients are all American no foreigners are seen as sp like in other reviews
They cover all the chief complaints and physicals they are great
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Default @drahmed99 = Blow Me

First off, i already said i haven't taken the Kaplan course yet, i just said it was highly recommended. By whom, you ask? There's this website that does polls for med students, IMGs & AMGs, perhaps you've heard of it? "usmle-forums.com"?

If you don't believe me, you can check where gold review ranks on their list of CS prep courses. I have to say, i'm actually surprised it was so low. I assumed the NY prep course would've boosted the houston prep course's grade since it doesn't specify which testing center.

And if you can accuse me of being a fake kaplan shill, i can just as easily accuse you of being a GoldRev - houston shill. I mean, heck, even your "low price" spiel sounds like an ad as opposed to a 1st person account. Who cares how cheap a course is when so many end up failing, and having to retake a $1,700 test ? (and that's without the cost of transportation & lodging)

" their patient notes are also automatically graded " Never heard a thing about my Pt note after i left. Only person i know who got theirs graded were those who paid for more than just the 3 day course. Seems like something that should've been mentioned on the website.

Maybe if you were as concerned about running a successful course as you are about your rep online, people would leave better comments about their experiences there.
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Houston course is an excellent course. I did it, I struggled badly before taking this course bit after taking this, it was a big difference, the course is intense however the instructor depth of what shows up on actual exam is without parallel. The method, physical examination on dummy patient (wonderful actors) was so helpful I could not have cleared it without their help. I passed because of this course.
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The IP address of this fake user "contessabreuar" has been identified as a fake user that is working for a competitor
They will be charged for illegal slander and defamation for making such a fake post
Please also notice that all posts made by "contessabreuar" are negative and designed to ruin reputations
Ignore this fake user
We apologize for the inconvenience and will report this to upper management
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The IP address of this fake user "contessabreuar" has been identified as a fake user that is working for a competitor
They will be charged for illegal slander and defamation for making such a fake post
Please also notice that all posts made by "contessabreuar" are negative and designed to ruin reputations
Ignore this fake user
We apologize for the inconvenience and will report this to upper management
WOW . . . . . . well, you just earned yourself a report. Care to read it? Here, i'll post it for you:

"A user by the name of "ForumAdmin" is pretending to be a representative of this website, even though anyone can click on the profile and see that they joined the site on 10-20-2015, so basically RIGHT before they decided to start posting with this username.

They are claiming that i have been outed as a "fraud" via my IP address and as "working for a competitor" (whatever that means) just because i truthfully described the terrible instruction provided at a facility in houston that was so afraid of people talking about it to their fellow students, they made us sign "I shall not talk bad about this organization" waivers . . . . . one of the MANY indications that this was a shady organization designed to rob hard working medical students / graduates and esp IMGs of their cash and in return providing them with outdated, sub-par instruction that the student doesn't realize is useless until after they have already failed their exam.

The fact that they are desperate / unbelievably stupid enough to think such a ploy could work should be taken as proof to future test-takers about the true depth of their duplicitous nature. "

And Btw: 2 students that i have been in contact with have failed the CS after taking this course. One of them won the "Golden stethoscope" for best student, the other had taken the 3 day course more than once, and still managed to fail their CS.

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Default contessabreur is fraud agent working for competitor

I personally know who this "contessabreur" is, I saw this person many times for the Kaplan course, the individual was sitting in front of me while making this post as well, it is a demented competitor worker getting paid to type slander against a company, it is truly pathetic and low... how low a competitor company can go to type bullshit and lies..
stop posting here before you get into serious trouble your IP address has already been recorded
if you are truly concerned about your notes getting graded you most likely didn't type your name in the note template, why don't you just make a request for the notes? instead you want make up lies and post here.
I received my notes fully graded from goldusmle all graded and for this low price it was 1000x better than kaplan class the kaplan classes are too big +30 people per class and they dont focus on 1 student like they do in the gold course
also they only spend a few hours each day, they don't come close to 11 hours like in gold
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I took the Gold USMLE course and the Kaplan course,
i felt overall the goldusmlereview course was much better, their course instructor IN HOUSTON was very knowledgeable probably top notch knowledge and he answered all of our questions and covered all the body systems and chief complaints very well in a unique way, it was definitely a great experience, they also graded ALL OF MY PATIENT NOTES, they have a note template where you can submit notes to them up until YOUR exam FREE, it is highly effective and the price of their course is very affordable and great for IMG

Kaplan is more established name, but their class sizes are way too big and they dont give you direct feedback after each case just a printout and they dont allow you to interact with patients after the mock exam, kaplans instruction is also very poor and definitely not worth it. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE I SPENT 4000 FOR HOTEL AND EVERYTHING definitely WASNT WORTH paying 4000

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Default Must be a competitor

I participated in the Houston Gold CS Exam Live Course a couple years ago and attribute the intense training to the success of my passing the CS exam. Whoever is posting these derogatory remarks is either a competitor or someone who did not apply themselves.
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Default Ok . . . . . this is getting sad

To the one desperate individual who keeps attempting to drown out my criticisms by posting under different accounts under the guise of students trying to defend this program (seriously, your account creation date is just a click away), let me make it abundantly clear:

Usmle-forums.com does a poll where they ask users to rank their favorite (and therefore, most successful) prep courses. You can go and check it right now for step 2-CS: Kaplan is above and beyond the most highly rated. GoldRev isn't even in the top 5. That wasn't me. That was EVERYONE who visits this site. And for the 12 millionth time, i have NOT taken the Kaplan course. I am still saving money. It would've been helpful if i hadn't wasted so much on attending the god awful GoldRev & foolishly taking the test . . . . but at least i can make sure that others don't make the same mistake as me.

Also, to repeatedly claim that Kaplan was somehow SO threatened by USMLEGold Houston that they hired me to attack them on this forum represents Delusions of Grandeur so great, they can only be cured with some high potency neuroleptics. I suggest finding someone to write you a prescription as fast as humanly possible before your condition deteriorates and you think that this entire WEBSITE was created just to attack GoldReview - houston.
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It is obvious you are a fake user contessabreuar your identity first and last name and IP address have been identified by forum there are consequences for your actions Legal action will be taken for your fake posts and I have forwarded your posts to golds lawyers contessabreuar get ready to be in court
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