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Hi! I recently passed my Step 2 CS and thought to give back to this forum as I was helped alot by reading other people's experiences, however, I did find experiences about Atlanta lacking and since us IMGs are usually paranoid about which city to go to, I can easily say Atlanta was a great choice. The SPs were good and the center staff was very pleasant and helpful.
I had hesitated initially because of the usual rumor mill, but took a chance and succeeded.
About my prep: I took about 3 weeks and used only FA. I did find a another CS prep book at a local library however it was completely useless so just stick to FA. All the cases in the exam were actually very similar and the real exam felt just like one of my practice sessions.
I have seen alot of people stress the importance of a study partner. Even though I feel it probably helps, but for me personally, I did it without one.
I read FA about 3 times. First read, I just did the mini cases thoroughly and practiced hx taking from the long cases. Mini cases are very important and cover basically every D/D that might be asked on the exam. Second read, I started acting out with a make-believe patient infront of me and did each encounter with hx taking, PE and typing up the PN in the 'practice matierials' section of the USMLE website. Third read was 2 days before the exam, just reinforcing everything I already knew.
The abbreviations given in FA were more than useful, however you might not want to fill in the whole PN with abbreviations. So I used abbreviations while typing out the PE of the non relevent systems but would generally type out the whole word in the system related to the case.
Timing is VERY important hence try finishing your practice sessions with 1-2 mins to spare and you will have nothing to worry about on the exam day.
Another thing I can't stress enough on is the CIS portion of the examination. Most students just concentrate on the ICE and not enough on the CIS. Practice this with every case so that it comes as second nature on the examination day. Trust me it's not a pleasant feeling to leave the patient room and realize you forgot to counsel about a certain thing.
Lastly, maintain a pleasant demeanor during the exam. Make sure you smile. It just comes across as a general good impression.
Best of luck to all of you preparing.
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Hi! I recently passed my Step 2 CS and thought to give back to this forum as I was helped alot by reading other people's experiences, however, I did find experiences about Atlanta lacking and since us IMGs are usually paranoid about which city to go to, I can easily say Atlanta was a great choice. The SPs were good and the center staff was very pleasant and helpful.
I had hesitated initially because of the usual rumor mill, but took a chance and succeeded.
About my prep: I took about 3 weeks and used only FA. I did find a another CS prep book at a local library however it was completely useless so just stick to FA. All the cases in the exam were actually very similar and the real exam felt just like one of my practice sessions.
I have seen alot of people stress the importance of a study partner. Even though I feel it probably helps, but for me personally, I did it without one.
I read FA about 3 times. First read, I just did the mini cases thoroughly and practiced hx taking from the long cases. Mini cases are very important and cover basically every D/D that might be asked on the exam. Second read, I started acting out with a make-believe patient infront of me and did each encounter with hx taking, PE and typing up the PN in the 'practice matierials' section of the USMLE website. Third read was 2 days before the exam, just reinforcing everything I already knew.
The abbreviations given in FA were more than useful, however you might not want to fill in the whole PN with abbreviations. So I used abbreviations while typing out the PE of the non relevent systems but would generally type out the whole word in the system related to the case.
Timing is VERY important hence try finishing your practice sessions with 1-2 mins to spare and you will have nothing to worry about on the exam day.
Another thing I can't stress enough on is the CIS portion of the examination. Most students just concentrate on the ICE and not enough on the CIS. Practice this with every case so that it comes as second nature on the examination day. Trust me it's not a pleasant feeling to leave the patient room and realize you forgot to counsel about a certain thing.
Lastly, maintain a pleasant demeanor during the exam. Make sure you smile. It just comes across as a general good impression.
Best of luck to all of you preparing.

Congratulations!! I'm taking CS in Atlanta too, on 03/19...Its nice to hear that you had a positive experience...Not I'm paranoid about the test center or anything...but i like to hear positive things all the time..Thanks a lot.
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Hi thanks for sharing your experience, how were you able to write PN during your practice since you had no practice partner.
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Hi thanks for sharing your experience, how were you able to write PN during your practice since you had no practice partner.
I made up the history as I went through after reading the main heading. I feel like this way I covered alot more and went through alot more of the DDs (and their relevent questions) than i wouldve if the history was narrowed down. The real exam is much more straight forward. The main thing is to practice your typing speed with the abbreviations. And to fit everything in the space provided as you're not allowed to exceed 15 lines.
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Congratulations!! I'm taking CS in Atlanta too, on 03/19...Its nice to hear that you had a positive experience...Not I'm paranoid about the test center or anything...but i like to hear positive things all the time..Thanks a lot.
Hey rockstar88, I am talking it on March 19th in Atlanta as well..
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Hey rockstar88, I am talking it on March 19th in Atlanta as well..
That's great!! See you on 19th!!!
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That's great!! See you on 19th!!!
Yeah, best of luck for both of us!
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Hi! I recently passed my Step 2 CS and thought to give back to this forum as I was helped alot by reading other people's experiences, however, I did find experiences about Atlanta lacking and since us IMGs are usually paranoid about which city to go to, I can easily say Atlanta was a great choice. The SPs were good and the center staff was very pleasant and helpful.
I had hesitated initially because of the usual rumor mill, but took a chance and succeeded.
About my prep: I took about 3 weeks and used only FA. I did find a another CS prep book at a local library however it was completely useless so just stick to FA. All the cases in the exam were actually very similar and the real exam felt just like one of my practice sessions.
I have seen alot of people stress the importance of a study partner. Even though I feel it probably helps, but for me personally, I did it without one.
I read FA about 3 times. First read, I just did the mini cases thoroughly and practiced hx taking from the long cases. Mini cases are very important and cover basically every D/D that might be asked on the exam. Second read, I started acting out with a make-believe patient infront of me and did each encounter with hx taking, PE and typing up the PN in the 'practice matierials' section of the USMLE website. Third read was 2 days before the exam, just reinforcing everything I already knew.
The abbreviations given in FA were more than useful, however you might not want to fill in the whole PN with abbreviations. So I used abbreviations while typing out the PE of the non relevent systems but would generally type out the whole word in the system related to the case.
Timing is VERY important hence try finishing your practice sessions with 1-2 mins to spare and you will have nothing to worry about on the exam day.
Another thing I can't stress enough on is the CIS portion of the examination. Most students just concentrate on the ICE and not enough on the CIS. Practice this with every case so that it comes as second nature on the examination day. Trust me it's not a pleasant feeling to leave the patient room and realize you forgot to counsel about a certain thing.
Lastly, maintain a pleasant demeanor during the exam. Make sure you smile. It just comes across as a general good impression.
Best of luck to all of you preparing.
Congrats on being done with this hell of an exam!!!
Can you suggest any online courses for focused physical exam? Where did you do those from?
Thanks in advance..
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Congrats on being done with this hell of an exam!!!
Can you suggest any online courses for focused physical exam? Where did you do those from?
Thanks in advance..
Thank you. I still have step 1 and ck to go and step 1 is the beast Well to be honest I just used youtube. Whichever video I thought was good and comprehensive. Wrote my basic pattern down and just repeated it over and over till I was fast enough and knew it enough to get it in a flow. They are not very nit picky on minor details so just do what youre confortable with as long as you're not doing it majorly wrong. Hope this helps. Best of luck!
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Thank you. I still have step 1 and ck to go and step 1 is the beast Well to be honest I just used youtube. Whichever video I thought was good and comprehensive. Wrote my basic pattern down and just repeated it over and over till I was fast enough and knew it enough to get it in a flow. They are not very nit picky on minor details so just do what youre confortable with as long as you're not doing it majorly wrong. Hope this helps. Best of luck!
Hi happygolucky, Can you tell me if there is a copy/paste function available for PN in Atlanta? Or do we have to type it down every time even if the findings are the same? This is important for me, coz my typing sucks!
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Hi happygolucky, Can you tell me if there is a copy/paste function available for PN in Atlanta? Or do we have to type it down every time even if the findings are the same? This is important for me, coz my typing sucks!
I'm pretty sure it's available. I didn't use it cause it makes me slower but I'm 99% sure it was there.
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