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Kaplan Medical 93
Premier Review 14
CSE Review 14
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NYCSprep 66
PassCSA 6
Ximedus-Medical Edcuation Solutions 30
Step2CSReview.com 2
Dr. Wolfe Step 2 CS Course 8
Step2IT 39
Future Doc 15
USMLE Success Academy 96
Gold USMLE Review 14
ART OF USMLE 1
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Default Best USMLE Step 2 CS Live Course

Post and Poll Options were last updated on September 4th, 2013.

In this poll we vote for the Live USMLE Step 2 CS Courses.

The courses listed above are useful for Med school students during their med school years as well as graduates who are preparing for the step 2 CS exam. Step 2 CS live courses that do not have websites or those that seem illegitimate are not listed in the poll. If we have missed a live Step 2 CS course, please post about it in the mainstream Step 2 CS Forum and we'll add it to this poll.

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Default Bacterial endocarditis (Endocarditis) - High Yeild Topics For USMLE, 10 Points You Should Know

Bacterial endocarditis (Endocarditis) - High Yeild Topics For USMLE, 10 Points You Should Know
is a localized infection of the endocardium
characterized by vegetations involving the valve leaflets or walls.
It can also be classified as acute (ABE) or subacute (SBE).
Infection of healthy valves by high-virulence organisms
Produces metastatic foci
Usually fatal if not treated within 6 weeks
Most common organism is S. aureus (MCQ)
Seeding of previously damaged valves (rheumatic heart disease, con-
genital valve defects: mitral valve prolapse)
caused by low-virulence organisms
Does not produce metastatic foci
Most common organism is Streptococcus viridans (MCQ)
Mitral valve is most often affected(MCQ)
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Default step2it

Hi all, I got my usmle step 2 cs result today and I passed. I prepared only for 4 weeks and attended step2it course. Step2it course has helped me immensely. Dr Jacob is very good teacher and very good in communication. He took care of everything when I went to stay near the course venue. He picked me from the motel everyday and dropped me at the train station on the last day. He is very flexible. I am working in NHS UK. I have been working here for quite a few years but I still felt that I needed to attend a course to understand the US system and practice.Thank god I did that. I went for step2it course as it was reasonably priced and flexible with dates.

I have been to so many communication skills courses in UK and I have taught medical students but Dr Jacob was a real surprise for me. He is a great teacher.

One of my friend from UK didnt attend any course but he failed. He works in General medicine and has been working in UK for quite a few years. I am in psychiatry, had lost touch with acute specialities but Dr Jacob helped me to sail through this exam.

Personally, I dont think this exam is easy particularly for IMGs.
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Default USMLE Success Academy for CS preparation

Does anyone have any feedback about this course? I heard they complete many patient encounters. I have my exam coming up at the end of May.
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Hi, I took Kaplan CS course in may, 2015.
The way it is organized: 1st day: lecture and workshop on pt interview (small groups of 4 + SP - gives you a very good perspective of the SP: what to do/not to do, say etc.).
2nd day: workshop on pt physical exam (small groups of 4 + SP + Kaplan MD) and lecture on Pt Note.
3rd day - Pt note workshop, lecture on peds and psych, and 2 pt encounters.
4th or 5th day - mock exam 12 encounters (depending on the group - there were 36 of us divided into 3 groups) and then there was cases discussion/score report.
The course is very, very good.
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add this to the list.

http://www.atptutors.com/

I used their 15 hour one-on-one training back in april and I would recommend their service.
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I gotta vouch for Step2It with Dr. Jacob. Hands down best prep you can get. Very personal and tailored for your needs. Dr. Jacob is also genuinely a good guy. If you want the test day "feel" you might want to do a Kaplan 1-day simulation. However, you'd get more out of Step2It if you had to pick one.

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Default Best Step 2 CS live program

I was told by my cousin that had a great step 1 experience with the USMLE success academy to try them out for my CS prep. I can honestly say that this was the best advice ever given to me because I had already failed the exam once by using only first aid and practicing with some of my friends I made during my peds rotation. Their live course in Chicago is simply amazing because I covered well over 50 cases (I don't remember the exact number but it was a lot!). The patient encounters took place in an exam style room and they used the same computer program used on the exam for typing the patient note. The entire time was spent working with an MD because my instructor was acting as the SP and also evaluating my every move. By the end of this course I was over prepared for the actual exam because I had experienced every type of case imaginable during their course. The success academy's CS course is amazing and was worth every penny because I passed my exam!!
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Default USMLE Success Academy Step 2 CS Program

I took the Success Academy's 5 day course and mini-mock exam in Chicago because they also helped me pass my Step 1 exam and it was amazing. Just received my passing score! Thank you to the entire Success Academy Team!!
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Default is there any CS review course in near San Francisco?

is there any CS review course near San Francisco?

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Default NYCSPREP review

Have anyone taken NYCSprep course? There are 66 votes for NYCSprep; yet, I couldn't find people sharing their experience on this forum. Please share your experience if you have taken this course.
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Default USMLE Success Academy is Amazing!!

I recently received my passing score on my Step 2 CS exam!! Dr. Paul and Dr. Teed of the USMLE Success Academy were truly amazing!! I was extremely deficient in my physical exams, timing, and my patient note preparation, but through the guidance and training of Dr. Paul and Dr. Teed I was able to turn these areas around during their 5 day program and I was able to take and pass my exam within only 1 week after taking the course. I highly recommend their CS course!!
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I just did a 4 day live course with Dr. Jacob. I am an IMG and another Iranian IMG were in this course with me. 1st day was lecture and at the end of the day we practiced one case. 2nd and 3rd day we started around 9:30 in the morning and went upto 8:00 pm at night we practiced a lot of cases. On the 4th day we did mock test and practiced more cases. My SEP is good, no problem with speaking but I was very apprehensive about practicing case in timed environment. Dr. Jacob taught us proper way to do physical exam, proper way to ask questions, counsel the patient and time management in the exam. If I grade myself how prepared I was on day 2 for my CS performance, I will put a score of 3-4/10. But by the beginning of day 4, my performance improved so much and I realized how much I have gained from this course that I will grade my CS performance 8/10. I still have 4 more weeks to prepare for this exam and I can easily take my performance level to 9/10 by doing more practice. Also my Iranian friend also improved tremendously. Dr. Jacob only takes 3-4 students in a batch and he really works with the students weaknesses. I am really glad I took this course.
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Default Step2it

Hi dear examinees
Don't waste your time and money with other classes ...
Dr.Jacob and STEP2IT is the one who you are looking for...
He is a professional tutor , well experienced in cs , good communication and highly supportive ...
No need to have anxiety and stress after passing his course and on real exam you have much confidence as I had ...
Thanks dear Dr.Jacob
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Default Gold usmle step 2 cs review

GOLD USMLE STEP2 CS REVIEW is the best Step 2 Clinical Skills course hands down !!! It's right next to the real exam testing center which is a big plus !!! Dr. Thomas does a great job on teaching us the concept so we can apply those principles in any given case scenario. He really condenses down everything down to the basics and focuses on repetition and drills for the history and the physical, especially the physicals. By the time I was done with the course, I was doing the whole history and physical along with the patient note by instinct without even thinking about it. Just became a routine and second nature. I can't thank Dr. Thomas and his staff enough for how well they prepared me for this exam !!
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I had difficulty in studying for my CS exam. I was reading the FA and its a good book but I needed to practice and all my friends already took the exam. I had a friend of mine that referred me to go to Art of USMLE. Within the first hour of class I knew that it was the best choice. Dr. Stavros provided one on one interaction and he provided close interaction making sure he corrects all my weaknesses. By day 5, I was fully prepared to walk into my exam and pass! He covered all the aspects of the exam, the tips to pass and what to do to get the point to pass the exam. You must go there and have him diagnose you, he is such an honest doc and will tell you if you need the course or what exactly you need to pass the exam. Best of luck to all!!
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Default USMLE success academy Step 2 CS live course

I recomend the usmle success academy. I passed my exam on first attempt! I choose this course over many others because they have 100 percent passing rate and because they have teachers that have residency training. The course was amazing. I cover many patient encounters on my own, they gave me detail assessment and training, and they help me type faster and improve my patient note. I also had difficult time finishing the encounters in time and they help me learn to finish in time. They are wonderful people and the course is amazing.
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Don't waste your money in other centers.....
I'm an IMG with no medical experience in USA. With patience and case by case, Dr Paul and his colleague corrected all of my mistakes in 5 days and helped me to improve my weaknesses. Thanks to them, I passed my first CS test in Philadelphia 3 weeks after my course. I really believe that without their help I couldn't make it and I highly recommend USMLE SUCCESS ACADEMY to everyone who wants to pass the test in one step.
It really worth it......
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Don't waste your money in other centers.....
I'm an IMG with no medical experience in USA. With patience and case by case, Dr Paul and his colleague corrected all of my mistakes in 5 days and helped me to improve my weaknesses. Thanks to them, I passed my first CS test in Philadelphia 3 weeks after my course. I really believe that without their help I couldn't make it and I highly recommend USMLE SUCCESS ACADEMY to everyone who wants to pass the test in one step.
It really worth it......
Is there really 1MD/3-4 students ratio as advertised??
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That's true, FYI, in my class we were 2 student with 2 MD
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Default Passed with USMLE success academy

This is Dr Azeen writing from Oman. I undertook my Step2 CS prep at USMLE success academy during Aug 8-12 batch & took my CS exam on 19th Aug in Philadelphia, PA. I'm pleased to inform that by the grace of almighty God & the favor of Christ Jesus, I'v cleared my CS exam. I got my score report this last wk. I am especially indebted to my instructors who not only taught us the key elements of the exam but also tested us each day of the prep course to stretch our limits, adding valuable confidence and essential test-taking skills for the CS portion of the USMLE exam. Once again, the prep has been well laid out with excellent coaching. I would definitely recommend my junior colleagues planning to take their CS, to get trained under USMLE success academy.
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Default USMLE Success Academy is THE BEST

I am an IMG who was struggling to pass the CS exam as it has now been made more difficult. I had failed the ICE component and I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I was currently entered into The Match and didn't want to take a chance of failing again, so I decided to take a course. One of my friends had used USMLE Success Academy for Step 1 and it came highly recommended because he did well. So, I contacted the Success Academy and made my arrangements to fly to Chicago to take this course.

The course was amazing...seriously. It was very well-constructed as we practiced case after case after case day-in and day-out for five days. Dr. Paul, who is awesome in every way, even stayed after at night to help me practice more cases. The whole team worked with me to make sure that I did all physical exams properly, that I was asking the right questions, and that I was taking a thorough history. They took their time in grading the patient notes (which was my downfall) and gave honest and constructive feedback. By the end of the course, after having corrected my mistakes, I did really well on the mock exam and was given the "go ahead" to take the real exam. I am so grateful to this team for making me better so that I was able to pass on my subsequent attempt.

Yes, the course is expensive, but what's a few additional thousand dollars when you have already invested so much time, energy, and money in your medical education and this will help dramatically to pass your test? Additionally, it is comparable in price to some of the other courses out there. As someone who took this course first-hand, I can tell you that it is completely worth it in every regard. I received my results and not only did I pass the ICE section, but I did very well. I couldn't be happier. Now I can officially match this year without having to sit out an entire year for not having passed this silly test.

Please do yourself a favor and take this course if you are looking to pass your CS on the first try. I promise you will not regret it.
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Kaplan online crash course !
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