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Background :I am planning to take the CS before the Ck because the CS results take a long time and to be ready for the match


Any tips about how to study the CS in those circumstances .
Is FA enough ?

People who did this before , what you think you should have done during your study time to do better at the exam (other than taking the CK First obviously )
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Background :I am planning to take the CS before the Ck because the CS results take a long time and to be ready for the match


Any tips about how to study the CS in those circumstances .
Is FA enough ?

People who did this before , what you think you should have done during your study time to do better at the exam (other than taking the CK First obviously )

Hi Dr.Tiger,

I believe your reasons for taking the CS first are perfect.. we tell all of our CS and CK students who are asking the same question the exact thing you've suggested - with the long wait time for the CS, take it first and get it over with - especially since getting a desired test date is much tougher for the CS.

With that said, the best way to approach the CS is not just with the FA, but you want to truly learn about the different components of the CS exam and understand what they are looking for inside the exam. Many IMG's fail only one part of the exam, usually linked to their lack of beside manner and interviewing skills. What we do in our program is break the CS components down (ie. ICE, CIS, SEP), identify what each truly means, how to best gain the points in each portion, then learn how to master each component individually. Once you are comfortable with each individual component and you understand what they require, practice integrating them all together into each patient encounter. You will find that it all flows together quite nicely, but it is important to be aware that you are in fact being graded on different components and sub-components that run together.

When you have it all mastered, then you should be practicing case after case, paying close attention to what you are doing and ensuring all of the criteria required of you are being met. One of the biggest reasons why students fail is because they assume that if they perform an encounter properly, as they would in the hospital, that they will be fine - unfortunately the CS requires a bit more attention to detail.

So ultimately just dissect the components, make sure you know what they require, then put them into action by practicing perfectly over and over again. Also, be sure to practice your typing skills (so many of our students are lacking in this area, and you must type these days, no handwriting your note). So practice over and over, know the software, and make sure when you sit down on test day that this is like second-nature to you.

That's it.. its not difficult, but without proper investigation and PERFECT PRACTICE, it can be a gamble - and these days a failed CS can be a big red flag.

I hope that helps!

Good luck and let me know if you need any clarification.


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That was very informative post , Thanks Dr.Paul
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please take ck before cs it will benefit you a lot in ddx
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