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Hey guys.
i have just finished my step1 exam and my post step1 vacation..haha.
I've been reading up on the CS exam and have realized no one is very sure what material we should read.
I haven't had any clinical experience what-so-ever. so my plan was to see the CSE videos + read FA and maybe search for other material.
but i hear a lot of people saying the CSE videos are for the older format of the exam. so my question is what or how am i supposed to study for this test?
i know a lot of practice is required but i have to read from a book to know what to practice right?
so should i subscribe uworld and learn 1st from there? or FA for 1st read? or will CSE videos help to form a foundation or sorts?
the kaplan course i assume is very nice but it costs $3,000. Which is a little steep and even if i went for it i would go only after i went through 1 proper read of FA right?
any help is extremely appreciated.
thanks.
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I've found 2 books that seem popular.
1) FA for CS 4th edition
2) Kaplan USMLE step 2 CS Core Cases 3rd edition.

are these good?
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Following polls will answer all your questions:

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hi samren I know how you feel. I was confused when I start to get ready for any of the usmle's there are so many opinions. I took my exam cs recently and I used csevidoe and fa and an study subject. From my expereince the csevidoe program was a very good match to what I had in my cs exam . I would say you can trust them to get ready for the cs exam. good luck and congrats on taking step 1.
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I haven't had any clinical experience what-so-ever.
I honestly do not think it is a good idea to take CS without any clinical experience. If you have clinical experience anywhere (home country or US or anywhere else) then that's fine, but without any clincal experience at all, I really don't think its a good idea. It would be much harder, much more to study... Any way you can get some clinical experience before taking it?
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hey bluestar.okay cool.cause i like studying from videos more than from a book.but yeah thanks for the advice.congrats to you too for your step2 cs.


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hi samren I know how you feel. I was confused when I start to get ready for any of the usmle's there are so many opinions. I took my exam cs recently and I used csevidoe and fa and an study subject. From my expereince the csevidoe program was a very good match to what I had in my cs exam . I would say you can trust them to get ready for the cs exam. good luck and congrats on taking step 1.
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hey val7.
yeah that is kind of at the back of my head as well.cause actually seeing it being done before will have its advantages.im back in my home country now.i will definitely try and get some clinical experience once im back in the US.
any chance you could point me in a direction as to how i should start looking for that kind of a thing in hospitals there?
what is your opinion about the CSE videos,FA and/or the live prep at kaplan?


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I honestly do not think it is a good idea to take CS without any clinical experience. If you have clinical experience anywhere (home country or US or anywhere else) then that's fine, but without any clincal experience at all, I really don't think its a good idea. It would be much harder, much more to study... Any way you can get some clinical experience before taking it?
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hey val7.
yeah that is kind of at the back of my head as well.cause actually seeing it being done before will have its advantages.im back in my home country now.i will definitely try and get some clinical experience once im back in the US.
any chance you could point me in a direction as to how i should start looking for that kind of a thing in hospitals there?
what is your opinion about the CSE videos,FA and/or the live prep at kaplan?

Hi Samren17,

Have you had any clinical experience at all?
I dont think it matters where you get your clinical experience, US or somewhere else, as long as you have some clinical experience before you take CS.
As for finding US clinical experience, it depends if you are a student or a graduate...

let me know!
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Hey guys.
i have just finished my step1 exam and my post step1 vacation..haha.
I've been reading up on the CS exam and have realized no one is very sure what material we should read.
I haven't had any clinical experience what-so-ever. so my plan was to see the CSE videos + read FA and maybe search for other material.
but i hear a lot of people saying the CSE videos are for the older format of the exam. so my question is what or how am i supposed to study for this test?
i know a lot of practice is required but i have to read from a book to know what to practice right?
so should i subscribe uworld and learn 1st from there? or FA for 1st read? or will CSE videos help to form a foundation or sorts?
the kaplan course i assume is very nice but it costs $3,000. Which is a little steep and even if i went for it i would go only after i went through 1 proper read of FA right?
any help is extremely appreciated.
thanks.

Having accomplished a few clinical rotations would be ideal before you take this exam. You need to know how to take a history, perform focused physical exams, counsel the patient and then close every case. Then you must walk outside and type each note in ten minutes.
I would suggest you hold off at least till you complete internal medicine.
There are soo many factors for the exam, that if you do not have most of the components in order, it will be very challenging to pass. The books can only teach you soo much. They can't teach you approach.

I hope this helped. If you want more advise or info , please feel free to contact me.

High regards,

Dr. Stavros
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Hey guys.
i have just finished my step1 exam and my post step1 vacation..haha.
I've been reading up on the CS exam and have realized no one is very sure what material we should read.
I haven't had any clinical experience what-so-ever. so my plan was to see the CSE videos + read FA and maybe search for other material.
but i hear a lot of people saying the CSE videos are for the older format of the exam. so my question is what or how am i supposed to study for this test?
i know a lot of practice is required but i have to read from a book to know what to practice right?
so should i subscribe uworld and learn 1st from there? or FA for 1st read? or will CSE videos help to form a foundation or sorts?
the kaplan course i assume is very nice but it costs $3,000. Which is a little steep and even if i went for it i would go only after i went through 1 proper read of FA right?
any help is extremely appreciated.
thanks.
hey. i understand what you are going through. i was in the exact same postion as you are. but honestly this exam is not that difficult. i have no US clinical experience. i just read f.a and practiced the cases with my cousin ( who has no idea about medicine) i didnt do any cse videos.although i did go through random youtube videos for how to do the specific tests. i prepared only for 2 weeks,took my exam in L.a this year in june and i passed first attempt. all you need to memorize are the questions you need to ask and the possible d/d. the sp's are really nice. you just need to practice and be confident on that day. rest its up to you..if you are not comfortable with just reading you can go for the videos! hope this helped!!
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hey. i understand what you are going through. i was in the exact same postion as you are. but honestly this exam is not that difficult. i have no US clinical experience. i just read f.a and practiced the cases with my cousin ( who has no idea about medicine) i didnt do any cse videos.although i did go through random youtube videos for how to do the specific tests. i prepared only for 2 weeks,took my exam in L.a this year in june and i passed first attempt. all you need to memorize are the questions you need to ask and the possible d/d. the sp's are really nice. you just need to practice and be confident on that day. rest its up to you..if you are not comfortable with just reading you can go for the videos! hope this helped!!
Dear Saba Ali,
The point I am trying to make here is that you should not be doing step 2 CS with no clinical experience at all. It does not matter if you have US clinical experience. Practice can make up for that. But without any clinical experience, never having done a rotation, I think sp's will notice you are lacking "routine" in the way you do your examination...
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Dear Saba Ali,
The point I am trying to make here is that you should not be doing step 2 CS with no clinical experience at all. It does not matter if you have US clinical experience. Practice can make up for that. But without any clinical experience, never having done a rotation, I think sp's will notice you are lacking "routine" in the way you do your examination...
yes I understand what you are saying. It is better obviously if you have experience but not absolutely necessary to pass it. I know because I did. In the end it depends on the person taking the exam.
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yes I understand what you are saying. It is better obviously if you have experience but not absolutely necessary to pass it. I know because I did. In the end it depends on the person taking the exam.
oh I see - you did not have any clinical experience at all?
Maybe you can give samren a few pointers about how to prepare...
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