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Congrats everyone!!!!

I have my exam on the 17 of next month please please please post your experiences

Thank u and congrats once again!!!
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Result is out!
I passed!
Praise the Lord!
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I have my exam on the 17 of next month please please please post your experiences

Thank u and congrats once again!!!
Mine is on the exam experiences in the forum area
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(All Praises Is For God), got an email from ECFMG at 9:51am (Eastern). I PASSED.
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Great experience ... Congratulation
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Hurray...... Cleared CS!!!!
Thanks to God and to all my friends who helped me...
Thanks to this forum and Good luck to the rest....
Jai ho....
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me too PASS .... All praise is to God
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passed! yaaay!
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Congratulation to all guys ...

I'm wondering if you can tell us the mistakes the you did?
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Ill post my experience and mistakes i remember later
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Passed yipiee
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Alhamdulelah paaaasss
congrats all and
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PAAAAASSSSSSS!!! GLORY TO GOD!!! I AM SO HAPPY!! I was really at the edge of my seat a bit there, I wrote my CS in Atlanta the 13th of March... YOU WILL ALL PASS EVERYONE!! It will be fine! Yaaaaahooo!!

P.S. I missed an obvious diagnosis completely on one station, and forgot the relevant tests. I was able to do
Closure and counsel, i always exit the room with 2 minutes to go, finished all my patient notes (just used FA format, that's all you need) I used FA and CSEvideos and practiced 1 month on Skype with other future test takers.... THANK GOD!!!!!
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Passeeedddddd
Thank God!!!!!!!
Ok guys since I passed I think I can give my 2 cents now
Personally I think that Uworld CS prep helped me a lot as they have the patient notes in the new format and their physical exam videos are ok too.
FA is Ok but uworld is better and nothing beats practicing with someone!!
Please feel free to ask if u have questions.
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Ok guys since I passed I think I can give my 2 cents now
Personally I think that Uworld CS prep helped me a lot as they have the patient notes in the new format and their physical exam videos are ok too.
FA is Ok but uworld is better and nothing beats practicing with someone!!
Please feel free to ask if u have questions.
Congratulation dr. Raman
I would ask you about your mistakes?
I took exam in April 6th ... So my score in next June and I'm thinking a lot
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PASSED ))))))))))))))))
Huuuge 'THANK YOU' to all my forum friends and study partners I had pleasure to study with!
Will be posting exam experience within the next 24 hours

CONGRATULATIONS YOU GUYS!!!!

I'm so happy now
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OMG i PASSED as well!!!

had soo many mistakes

ECFMG CERTIFIED !!
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Pass...God!I prepared only 13 days!
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looks like today is lucky day....... many got passed

congratulations everyone...thanks for your experiences

goodluck for match
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It is awesome ! I didnt even needed to open my score result! I knew I had passed because there is a notice that says:
"You have met all of the requirements for ECFMG certification.

Your Standard ECFMG Certificate will be sent to you within two weeks of 24 Apr 2013.
Check your postal mailing address immediately to ensure it is correct. Go to the Applicant Contact Information tab on the menu."

THE BEST NOTICE OF MY LIFE SO FAR!
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Passed!!!!So happy!The wait was the hardest part.Study time was 6 weeks with First Aid and the patient note software at usmle.org.Had 2 skype partners who were very helpful and supportive and had few sessions practicing with my wife and that was it.Practice is the key to success!
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Congratulations to everyone on being ECFMG certified .
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It is awesome ! I didnt even needed to open my score result! I knew I had passed because there is a notice that says:
"You have met all of the requirements for ECFMG certification.

Your Standard ECFMG Certificate will be sent to you within two weeks of 24 Apr 2013.
Check your postal mailing address immediately to ensure it is correct. Go to the Applicant Contact Information tab on the menu."

THE BEST NOTICE OF MY LIFE SO FAR!
Your post is really exciting .
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PASSED !!! PASSED !!!
Congratulations to all of you
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Thank you my God
Thanks to all who help me to pass my exam
I would never pass without their help
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PASSED! Thanks GOD. Gongrats for all!!!!!!!!!
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I would like to use this space to thank Hitman and K6100, you 2 were my practice partners and I thank you for all of your help! now the 3 of us are finally ECMFG certified! best of luck ahead!
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Congratulations for all of you passed the exam and to those who will be ecfmg certified Hope the trend continues with those taking up exams in next few weeks .. (like me) Please share your experience and advice ..Cheers to ya' all
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Thank God.... Passed CS ....very very happy....!!!
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PASSED !!! PASSED !!!
Congratulations to all of you
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Thank you my God
Thanks to all who help me to pass my exam
I would never pass without their help
. Hi, rani, I gave my exam recently, Iam bit worried abt my patient notes, did 't write exact diagnosis in 5 cases! Can u tell me abt ur experience ! Thx
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. Hi, rani, I gave my exam recently, Iam bit worried abt my patient notes, did 't write exact diagnosis in 5 cases! Can u tell me abt ur experience ! Thx
Congrats!!!!
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. Hi, rani, I gave my exam recently, Iam bit worried abt my patient notes, did 't write exact diagnosis in 5 cases! Can u tell me abt ur experience ! Thx
Hi Don't worry. I will post my detailed experience later
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Finally, results r here!! I passed! Congratulations to everybody else who did!! Thanks to all who helped me ...especially this forum!!
its time to get drrrrrrrrrrrrrrunk people!!!
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Ok! Here is my I'd! Homalika@gmail.com thank you
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Good luck guys ...

My exam was in 6th April .. So I'm in next period ( I have to wait another 50 days) ... But your passes result will give me psychiatric reassurance
TRU dat!!! I feel like it's me waiting..
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CONGRATS everyone.. It must have been such a relief..I still have to wait till june fr my result..
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congratulation to all of u,would u plz like to share ur experience.anyone took the exam at chicago center?
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Congratulations to all of you......
Good luck again for your future plans....
Thanks to God we all cleared our exam.....:sorry:
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congratulation to all of u,would u plz like to share ur experience.anyone took the exam at chicago center?
I took my exam in Chicago. The center is cool. SP are very cooperative. But every1 told me that Center doesn't make much difference... Its all ur preparation esp ur practice that pays....
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Finally, results r here!! I passed! Congratulations to everybody else who did!! Thanks to all who helped me ...especially this forum!!
its time to get drrrrrrrrrrrrrrunk people!!!
Ya till now drinking was been used as medicine to calm down the Nerve but now We are going to use it original purpose.....Party Party Party.....
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. Hi, rani, I gave my exam recently, Iam bit worried abt my patient notes, did 't write exact diagnosis in 5 cases! Can u tell me abt ur experience ! Thx
Hey Homailka, I also had problem with my Patient notes. I was not able to give exact diagnosis in 3 cases, couldn't give all 3 d/d in 3 cases & didn't complete 2 PN & ... Don't worry about it, coz i cleared my exam,thank to God. I was more concerned abt PN in all other 3 components.
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Hello!

Today I found out I passed my CS exam. I would like to thank this forum for great mnemonics and tips on how to tackle this exam.

I took my exam on March 21st in Chicago center. I stayed at the Holiday Inn hotel, which is near the center, but probably you will need a car or a taxi to go to the center. The closest is Marriot, it is just a walk in distance.

The actors where nice and really know how to act the cases. I prepared for 6 weeks, in which I read FA and looked at CSE videos and also practiced with a live partner every day in the last month, around 4 cases each and I did 2 cases in the morning with Casandra (thank you, Casandra in case you are reading this). I would also type the PN each time, because I am not a fast typing person (I type 35 characters/minute).

I had mnemonics: PAMHFOSS, PAMIFIGDEALS, THEN FR CS PUBSAWED etc and these helped me a lot.

What I did good: I knocked on the door, I introduced myself, I said something about the drape (because most of the patients were already draped), I asked permission to ask them questions, if they were comfortable in the room, I wore gloves all the time, I extended the footrest, I said "I am so sorry that you are experiencing this", asked them if they have any questions at the end etc

In the first patient, I didn't have time to finish the encounter, I said I have an emergency and I need to go and I ran with my gloves on. I was so angry on me, because I didn't have time to finish.

Anyway, I didn't rush the patients. I forgot to ask some relevant questions, forgot to do some physical maneuvers that were necessary and I also mixed some differential diagnosis in the PN.

I think FA and CSE videos are more than enough. The key is to practice, practice and practice, because I felt like a robot that day, saying the same introduction 12 times.

I wish all of you good luck and have faith that everything will be fine in the end!
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Hey Homailka, I also had problem with my Patient notes. I was not able to give exact diagnosis in 3 cases, couldn't give all 3 d/d in 3 cases & didn't complete 2 PN & ... Don't worry about it, coz i cleared my exam,thank to God. I was more concerned abt PN in all other 3 components.
I could give only one DD in one case, only 2 DDs in one case, and one very irrelevant DD in one case! so dont worry!
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Congrats to everyone who passed!!! Seems relieving sorta to see everyone happy and being done with this exam. Have mine in 2 days!!
I would really appreciate some last minute tips please!! Or any other posts or experiences. Im super nervous now..
As some say- being confident is a big key in passing and being nice.. is there anything else?? Have my exam in LA. Does anyone have anything to say about the LA center? thanks guys. party hard!
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i failneed advice guys...idk what ishould do...my chances now really loww..i passed step 1 for 2 attend,now sc;((,,shoukd i continue? give me advice please
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Passed CS. Got my result this morning. Took it in Philly in March. Centre was pretty decent although the cases were pretty tough. I was expecting straightforward cases but they were a lil twisted Had heard a lot of negative stuff about that place but it turned out to be pretty decent (atleast for me).
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Can you peeps please write few lines about your prep/experience/center and your opinion about what works and what dosn't.
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Can you peeps please write few lines about your prep/experience/center and your opinion about what works and what dosn't.
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Hopefully after these dudes sober up from the drugs and alcohol that they should be consuming right now we'll get some more experiences
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I would ask you about your mistakes?
I took exam in April 6th ... So my score in next June and I'm thinking a lot
Hi,
Made a lottttt of mistakes like I forgot to do MMSE on a patient with forgetfulness, did not palpate chest in patient with possible diagnosis of costochondritis...and you will remember a lot of things you forgot on the patient note and so on.
However, I think this exam is to judge your SEP and communication skills.
Remember diagnosis is a step 3 component and smthg u are supposed to learn in residency.
As long as you answer the patient's questions, show empathy and make them feel at ease....that is what counts.
Practice at every chance that you can get to boost your confidence.
I think a doctor who is not sure of himself/herself or not comfortable cannot make the patient feel comfortable.
This is what I think...i may be wrong but this is the approach I used.
I took my exam on March 8th and while putting on gloves I asked the patient what plans do you have for Easter, how has this problem affected your daily life or work etc...
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Passed as well
I prepared 3 days prior; however, that is only because I just finished my internal medicine rotation the week before. I was already comfortable conducting interviews and doing physicals, so I really just needed to read over FA for cases and differentials. I had my friend acting as a patient on about 5 cases, just for me to get used to the routine.

Some things I missed or screwed up on:
1) Any time when I performed the cardiac exam, I straight up did not even listen to the patients while laying down. They were all sitting up. (I guess I was just so used to rounding with the residents that did half-assed exams).

2) Forgot to ask PMH, Fam Hx, Social Hx, and ROS on one of the cases. I only obtained information for the HPI. (This may have been because it was the second case and I was still nervous).

3) I did not list the most obvious diagnosis for one of the cases. I totally forgot to ask the questions pertaining to that diagnosis, when it was right in front of my face. It was only after the fact that I realized it.

4) I forgot to counsel 3 patients on their habits or practices.

5) Did not do a sensory exam for one of the patients who had a PMH of something that warranted it.

6) A lot of my questions were close-ended. I had very few open-ended questions.

7) Only summarized after the interview (but before the physical exam) 3 or 4 times.

You can make mistakes and still pass. I made some huge ones, as stated above, but as long as you aren't chronically making those mistakes on all your patients, it shouldn't be a big deal.

Things I did right:
1) Good rapport. Good eye contact. Very attentive and sympathetic.

2) I had good closures with all my patients. I asked for any questions and concerns.

3) I smiled often (when appropriate)

4) I made small-talk when I had extra seconds.


I still passed with above average or higher performance across the board, nothing on borderline. In all honesty, I feel like if a student can talk to a person like he/she is not only a patient, but also a friend, they'll be fine. I went into each encounter with that mindset. It felt more like a conversation and not an interview. It will keep you relaxed. The questions will come more easily. Be kind, courteous, and smile... definitely smile. It goes a long way.

In the end, if you gathered enough information and answered all of the patients' questions, and you leave the room on their good side, everything will be A-Okay.
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Congrats for every one who passed
I didn't pass the ICE,,
DrAGA we can retake it,,do you know when we can apply?
I will not do it in Philly again
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Passed CS. Got my result this morning. Took it in Philly in March. Centre was pretty decent although the cases were pretty tough. I was expecting straightforward cases but they were a lil twisted Had heard a lot of negative stuff about that place but it turned out to be pretty decent (atleast for me).
Anyone up for Step 3 in a few months from now?
Count me in! I want to take step 3 soon!

I had the same feeling about my cases and I took my exam in Atlanta: twisted and not straightforward..
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i failneed advice guys...idk what ishould do...my chances now really loww..i passed step 1 for 2 attend,now sc;((,,shoukd i continue? give me advice please
post you results, let see where and why you need more work.

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I didn't pass the ICE,,
DrAGA we can retake it,,do you know when we can apply?
I will not do it in Philly again
Any one knows if is it possible to apply for match 2014? Is there a hope
lets see your report.
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i failed my cis and i dont know why in philly on ist march
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Have you guys started preparing for step 3. Any threads you guys created for it?
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Yup I created a thread in step 3 forum, the plan is to share study plans and then afterwards in a couple of months start sharing clinical vignettes and stuff like that! you are welcome to join us
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lets see your report.
Also what are your other marks.
Let me see if we or I can help you.
I passed SPE and CIS with high performance and failed on ICE needed 1asterics forto pass..
I planned to match for 2014 but am not sure now coz of this.. Does anybody know if I am going to take Cs again in may when I will receive my score?
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I planned to match for 2014 but am not sure now coz of this.. Does anybody know if I am going to take Cs again in may when I will receive my score?
There is a score reporting sched for step 2 cs. Just search for it in google
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Keep your chin up! You can do it! Like everyone said, post your score report so others can see where you need more work. I recommend FA for CS, and CSEvideos, those should be enough to pass. Of course, as everyone is saying, being polite, making eye contact, smiling, etc.. go a LONG way..
Also the patient note in the standard US format is important, I say this because as an IMG pt notes are different in format back home, so it is important to make sure you type the note as the USMLE is expecting you to. Again, FA has all you need. Find study partners on skype, and as the old adage says "practice makes perfect", this is VERY important for this test as it can be quite intimidating that not everything is under your control once you start the test, at least I felt that way anyway.
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upto July 13th you should get it before sept 15th.
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post your score.

Also do not worry. What are you other marks, step 1, step 2.

did you do U-world, Patient note is very important.

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Done with the partying and everything!
Now I want to share my experience. I hope this will help others.
I took my exam in Atlanta, GA.
Preparation time: 6 weeks
First 2 weeks I read First Aid ( 3rd edition ) front to back! then I practiced cases by myself for 1 week to get the flow of history questions, made my own sentences for introduction and transitions, made the way and order in which I wud ask questions, memorised DDs and practiced physical exam. Then 3 weeks I just practiced, practiced and practiced with others ( my sweet husband and a very very good study partner on skype). I did practice the entire day with them and then in the evening I practiced typing patient notes here http://www.usmle.org/practice-materi...practice2.html
Day before exam I did not practice I just revised DDs by heart!!
Well, inspite of good preparation (at least I thought it was good) I did MISTAKES on the day of exam!! why? ....I dont kno!
My mistakes:
1st case: did not extend foot support in abd exam. did not write one very imp DD.
2nd : forgot to do leg raising test ( was imp )
3rd : was good
4th : good
5th : put unrelated physical finding under one DD
6th : ran out of time while counselling on neuro case, DID NOT turn light off for fundoscopy, forgot to write fundoscopy :P
7th : very good
8th: one completely wrong/ irrelevent DD. ran out of time before I cud answer pt's consern
9th : very vague case! did not know what pt had!! may have missed the DD! forgot to put foot support back ( pt told me to do so!!)
10th : could write only one DD...didn't find anything else in patient.
11th : did not ask pt very imp hx question until end and then did during counselling
12th : put only 2 DDs, missed very imp one!
I might have made few spelling mistakes! But I did all other things such as hand shake, smile, answer challenging Qs, smoking, EtOH, and STD pretection counselling, washed hands, established rapport with pt, was not nervous at all. did a very focused PE, pt note in bullet form (that too very focused)
The wait for results was an excruciating pain for 1 month.

Result: PASSED 1st attempt ( high performance in SEP and CIS, borderline on ICE )
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Also do not worry. What are you other marks, step 1, step 2.

did you do U-world, Patient note is very important.

where did you do the exam ??

do you speak fluently, could the SP understand your empathy and rapport.
i am done only step 1 vut score is very low-192.i did CS UW also had study partner..my english is ok just on exam i had sp that talk to me with texas accent...and he ask me somethink i couldnt understand him..but on report my english is close to high performance...my exam was in march 11
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Keep your chin up! You can do it! Like everyone said, post your score report so others can see where you need more work. I recommend FA for CS, and CSEvideos, those should be enough to pass. Of course, as everyone is saying, being polite, making eye contact, smiling, etc.. go a LONG way..
Also the patient note in the standard US format is important, I say this because as an IMG pt notes are different in format back home, so it is important to make sure you type the note as the USMLE is expecting you to. Again, FA has all you need. Find study partners on skype, and as the old adage says "practice makes perfect", this is VERY important for this test as it can be quite intimidating that not everything is under your control once you start the test, at least I felt that way anyway.
In summary, stay positive, you CAN do this and YOU WILL!!

All the best!
thank u very much for your positive reply....u gave me a hope
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Although I did lot of mistakes I passed. Thanks to Allah! Here are my mistakes 1) couldn't do closure in one case 2) didn't wear gloves in 2 cases 3) accidentally hurt eye of pt with tip of gloves so beware of that if u use gloves 4) didn't pull foot rest in one case 5) summarized only one case 6) gave hope to a pt that I shouldn't have 7) gave a wrong ans confidently... For this mistakes I was really worried , I am an IMG so I didn't know the information. 8) I notice something about a pt but didn't ask q about That. rest of the cases i did well. Score borderline in ICE and close to high in CIS and SEP . Good luck who are preparing for the exam.
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Although I did lot of mistakes I passed. Thanks to Allah! Here are my mistakes 1) couldn't do closure in one case 2) didn't wear gloves in 2 cases 3) accidentally hurt eye of pt with tip of gloves so beware of that if u use gloves 4) didn't pull foot rest in one case 5) summarized only one case 6) gave hope to a pt that I shouldn't have 7) gave a wrong ans confidently... For this mistakes I was really worried , I am an IMG so I didn't know the information. 8) I notice something about a pt but didn't ask q about That. rest of the cases i did well. Score borderline in ICE and close to high in CIS and SEP . Good luck who are preparing for the exam.
Thanks for posting your experience. It certainly helps during prep.
Which center did you take your test?
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Thanks for posting your experience. It certainly helps during prep.
Which center did you take your test?
I took it in LA .... good center. Staffs were very helpful . I heard that its difficult to pass frm LA but I didn't see or feel anything unusual during my exam
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Cmon people, so many of you passed in this thread yet only 3-4 have written experiences.

Please help those who are currently studying for this exam and want to know what it takes to pass under the new guidelines.

Im sure you were helped by others by reading there experiences

Just a humble request, and major thanks to those who have already given their experiences.
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I want to share my experience. I hope this helps.
I took my exam in Atlanta, GA.
Preparation time: 6 weeks
First 2 weeks I read First Aid ( 3rd edition ) front to back! then I practiced cases by myself for 1 week to get the flow of history questions, made my own sentences for introduction and transitions, made the way and order in which I wud ask questions, memorised DDs and practiced physical exam. Then 3 weeks I just practiced, practiced and practiced with others ( my sweet husband and a very very good study partner on skype). I did practice the entire day with them and then in the evening I practiced typing patient notes here http://www.usmle.org/practice-materi...practice2.html
Day before exam I did not practice cases I just revised DDs by heart and practiced PE again!!
Well, inspite of good preparation (at least I thought it was good) I did MISTAKES on the day of exam!! why? ....I dont kno!
My mistakes:
1st case: did not extend foot support in abd exam. did not write one very imp DD.
2nd : forgot to do leg raising test ( was imp )
3rd : was good
4th : good
5th : put unrelated physical finding under one DD
6th : ran out of time while counselling on neuro case, DID NOT turn light off for fundoscopy, forgot to write fundoscopy :P
7th : very good
8th: one completely wrong/ irrelevent DD. ran out of time before I cud answer pt's consern
9th : very vague case! did not know what pt had!! may have missed the DD! forgot to put foot support back ( pt told me to do so!!)
10th : could write only one DD...didn't find anything else in patient.
11th : did not ask pt very imp hx question until end and then did during counselling
12th : put only 2 DDs, missed very imp one!
I might have made few spelling mistakes! But I did all the other things such as hand shake, smile, answer challenging Qs, smoking, EtOH, and STD pretection counselling, washed hands, established rapport with pt, was not nervous at all. did a very focused PE, pt note in bullet form (that too very focused)
The wait for results was an excruciating pain for 1 month.

Result: PASSED 1st attempt ( high performance in SEP and CIS, borderline on ICE )
God's mercy on me!!
All the best to everybody!
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sorry for late post guys! I want to share my experience. I hope this helps!
I took my exam in Atlanta, GA.
Preparation time: 6 weeks
First 2 weeks I read First Aid ( 3rd edition ) front to back! then I practiced cases by myself for 1 week to get the flow of history questions, made my own sentences for introduction and transitions, made the way and order in which I wud ask questions, memorised DDs and practiced physical exam, practiced the flow of PE (so that it comes by reflex and I dont have to think "wht next" for each physical exam)
. Then 3 weeks I just practiced, practiced and practiced with others ( my sweet husband and a very very good study partner on skype). I did practice the entire day with them and then in the evening I practiced typing patient notes on usmle website (practice material). Day before exam I did not practice I just revised DDs by heart and PE once and then relaxed!
Well, inspite of good preparation (at least I thought it was good) I did MISTAKES on the day of exam!! why? ....I dont kno!
My mistakes:
1st case: did not extend foot support in abd exam. did not write one very imp DD.
2nd : forgot to do leg raising test ( was imp )
3rd : was good
4th : good
5th : put unrelated physical finding under one DD
6th : ran out of time while counselling on neuro case, DID NOT turn light off for fundoscopy, forgot to write fundoscopy :P
7th : very good
8th: one completely wrong/ irrelevent DD. ran out of time before I cud answer pt's consern
9th : very vague case! did not know what pt had!! may have missed the DD! forgot to put foot support back ( pt told me to do so!!)
10th : could write only one DD...didn't find anything else in patient.
11th : did not ask pt very imp hx question until end and then did during counselling
12th : put only 2 DDs, missed very imp one!
I might have made few spelling mistakes! But I did all other things such as hand shake, smile, answer challenging Qs, smoking, EtOH, and STD pretection counselling, washed hands, established rapport with pt, was not nervous at all. did a very focused PE, pt note in bullet form (that too very focused)
The wait for results was an excruciating pain for 1 month.

Result: PASSED 1st attempt ( high performance in SEP and CIS, borderline on ICE )
God's mercy on me!!
All the best to everybody!
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sorry for late post guys! I want to share my experience. I hope this helps!

Result: PASSED 1st attempt ( high performance in SEP and CIS, borderline on ICE )
God's mercy on me!!
All the best to everybody!
Why do you think it was borderline in the ICE section, and what would/ or could you have done in order to have higher performance in that section also.
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Why do you think it was borderline in the ICE section, and what would/ or could you have done in order to have higher performance in that section also.
ICE is the part that includes PN, DDs, and overall data gathering. Bcoz I made few mistakes on PN (particularly DDs, missed one DD, only one DD in one case and a WRONG dd in one case), I was worried about ICE and as expected I got borderline performance in ICE.
I think I got little confused in those 3 cases, either I did over thinking or something else ( brainfart :P phrrrrrr)
So just think straight Bcoz this is a very basic exam that tests basic skills of a physician!!
In CIS, they test ur compassion, rapport with pt, counseling ( sharing information), sympathizing with pt n all .... Which I did right in each case so i got high performance in CIS!

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Thanks winterlilly and charos

Many Congrats
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