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Hello fellow doctors,

I will be writing about my CS experience which I hope will be helpful to others.
I am an IMG who sat for the exam on Oct in Chicago.I had only given step 1,that too 6 months back.And with the new format of CS I was very apprehensive to say the least. And hailing from a country where CIS is not given so much importance like in USA and where typing is considered a Himalayan task, I was seriously at a loss of where to start.
The USMLE-forums helped me a lot, it gave me important cues about where to start and how to proceed.
I took around 5-6 weeks to prepare for the exam.
I initially did a thorough review of the FA for CS once with more importance on cases than the mini cases.( which many doctors will differ from me, but it helped me )
Then I did one of the most important thing which I believed helped me tremendously to gain my confidence and face the exam without wrecking nerves. I took up the 5 day live lecture of kaplan at Chicago, which was in one word....immensely helpful!! I wont go into details of their course, but I believe it was immaculate from day 1.
After the course,I had 2 weeks for my exam....I started practicing with a fellow doctor who too took the exam with me. We used to do 10 cases each day, 5 each role playing and 5 practicing. After a round of 2 cases, we used to revise FA and point out our mistakes.
We thus were able to revise FA twice during these 2 weeks before exam....which according to me was the paramount thing of our preparation.
In the meantime we used to improve our typing skills through this free website...we made it a point to practice 1 hour each day typing...its a jackpot of a site if you are naive at typing...
typingwebdotcom
And then there came the exam day....I had the exam on a cloudy,gloomy and chilly Chicago morning. We booked a hotel day before the exam to acclimatise....I was already having goose bumps from the day before and couldn't manage to study at all over the last two day.There were bed bugs in the hotel bed which didn't allow me a sound sleep the night before the exam day, although I presume it was the exam jitteriness which was more responsible. So my mind was not that fresh on the exam morning which added up to my apprehension .
My exam experience- The cases are mostly from FA except 3-4, but all are manageable. The most important thing is that you should look,sound and act professionally and treat each SP with empathy and frankness. And yes, your English should be clear and distinct....the SPs really get pissed off if they don't understand your English...so make sure your English accent is audible and clear.
I couldn't summarize my first case ,he was a grumpy African American guy who seemed very irritated at seeing me and gave a satisfactory laugh when I didn't manage to finish the case...this was a wake up call for me....thereafter I quickly assessed my mistakes and moved on to the remaining 11 cases with precision and time management. In the first case I deviated from the focused physical examination and thereby couldn't finish on time. However, I must stress, even if you fail to summarize and the time gets over, make it certain to inform the SP that you have an emergency page from the ER and that you will get back to him shortly...don't exit abruptly...and also make it a point to finish the typing part correctly of the cases where you have failed to finish on time.
I also couldn't finish my last case, didn't manage to summarize completely....although this was the toughest case of the 12 I got....here also I made it a point that I finish my typing on time.
However, the things I did correctly in every cases were greeting the patient, doing only and only focused physical examination ( except my 1st case), draping them up properly, hand washing, showing empathy, handle challenging questions and typing with correct differentials and work ups for each case.
Till the results were out, I was very apprehensive about these two unfinished cases, but my joy was infinite when I found I passed in all three components with decent grades.
Overall the exam is very do-able but you must play your cards well and practice thoroughly before hand to make yourself prepared.
Hence, I presume, even if you fail to finish 1-2 cases on time, make it a point to complete every other aspect of the cases and don't moan over it during the examination but move over to the next one immediately....

P.S: I know many will feel I have said nothing different, but I believe its my responsibility to share my experience with the forum which has helped me a lot to pass the exam on my 1st attempt.
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congratulation for your big achievement... thank you very much for your valuable experience as I'm intending to sit for the exam on Jan 8 ( about 2 wks from now) and in Chicago center which many examinee said its non IMG friendly center.
after reading your experience I feel that I should take kaplan course now ( if they offer one now?) , I dont want to take any risk at least they may boost confidence a little bit? I dont know !
my other problem is my typing not that fast and have to think and write , i can do only 20 wpm. ???
any how thanks a lot and congrat again . u deserve it . good luck with ur future exam.
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Did u take the 5 days course or you did practice exam?
kaplan practice exam is cheaper and may be I wont find a course in this period of holidays and new year ? i need your advice ?
I appreciate your help in advance
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First of all i want to congratulate you on passing, and thank you very much for posting your experience. You mentioned that you only did step 1, so you don't think doing the ck first has any influence on the cs?? I also did step 1 and was wondering if i should do the cs or the ck first
Thanks again
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Did u take the 5 days course or you did practice exam?
kaplan practice exam is cheaper and may be I wont find a course in this period of holidays and new year ? i need your advice ?
I appreciate your help in advance
hello dr ziad....I took the 5 day course itself. I had booked it 4 months in advance so that I get 2 weeks time thereafter for my scheduled CS exam
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First of all i want to congratulate you on passing, and thank you very much for posting your experience. You mentioned that you only did step 1, so you don't think doing the ck first has any influence on the cs?? I also did step 1 and was wondering if i should do the cs or the ck first
Thanks again
Since I have done a residency in clinical medicine here in my country just fresh, I had a decent knowledge about the differentials. But yes, most of the doctors take up CK first before CS....it helps on the differentials and work ups formulation......its better that way if you are not confident on your clinical knowledge.
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This is so helpful thank u very much
Im very worried that this exam is a luck exam
since i heard americans fail
what should u do to ensure a pass?
please advise appreciate it thank u
and congrats on passing
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This is so helpful thank u very much
Im very worried that this exam is a luck exam
since i heard americans fail
what should u do to ensure a pass?
please advise appreciate it thank u
and congrats on passing
like in every exam,luck does play a part in it also..but believe me,there is no better friend than hard work and devotion. if you study really hard and have the cases in your fingertips, then by no means you will be short of confidence during the exam. to ensure a pass, you should focus more and more on practice,practice and more practice...its the magic word...i am sure you will come out clean if you practice the FA cases thoroughly.
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thank u very much dr
i just want to ask u
how many days did u dedicate
to studying the minicases?
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