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Default The Best Way to Prepare for CS Exam (What is Enough?)

This is a poll in which we vote for the best combination of CS prep methods.

If you have a suggestion for another option to be added please post your reply and I will add the option.

If you have not taken the CS exam please do not vote.

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What's enough depends on the background of the student.

If the student has enough clinical experience, good English language, good communication skills then perhaps he doesn't need any of these.

If the student has no experience and no English language then maybe he needs even more than all of these.
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Hmmmm ... nobody think that the book is enough
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Hmmm ... there's no clear winner so far
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your right
the student sbackground matters alot
im an amercan grad from a really good school, as my parents remind me regulary over the tuition it costs.
i failed cs the first time cause i thought i was awesome and awesome does not work for the cs exam i dont care what school you went to
i recently learned with the videos im watching that being just nice all the time and forgetting about how much you paid for your degree or what school you went to and think only about the sp is the way to get through most of the cs. im using csevideo for online and first aid for text after takign the exam i wished i did this the first time!
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your right
the student sbackground matters alot
im an amercan grad from a really good school, as my parents remind me regulary over the tuition it costs.
i failed cs the first time cause i thought i was awesome and awesome does not work for the cs exam i dont care what school you went to
i recently learned with the videos im watching that being just nice all the time and forgetting about how much you paid for your degree or what school you went to and think only about the sp is the way to get through most of the cs. im using csevideo for online and first aid for text after takign the exam i wished i did this the first time!
what videos are you seeing ?
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what videos are you seeing ?
CSEvideo vs Premier reviews?.......premier reviews by far
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Read FA CS and get a partner and go through the cases 2 or 3 times.


Thats it PERIOD.. Don't waste money / time on Videos.
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I tried nearly all the combinations for preparation of cs, but what I found most helpful is reading a book and practicing with partner, as it not only gives the confidence but also prevents unnecessary efforts

For cs first aid is a nice book, but its not inclusive of all cases, but still it covers nearly 90% of cases.
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Default Just First Aid for Step 2 CS.

I am an IMG from Europe. All I used to study was First Aid CS. I studied by myself for a month and a half. I read the book 4 times. The 5th time all I read was the Differential Diagnosis, Diagnostic Workup, and that was 2 days before the exam. Remember: First Aid for Step 1 and Step 2 CS. Master the Boards for Step 2 CK and for Step 3. Good Luck!
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Default sp course

I strongly recommend to have Cs course in with Future-doc especially if you have minimal US experience, the 3 days SP training (with one on one encounter) with reviewing the common mistakes with Dr Johnson & then having a real & grilling mock exam of 12 SP stations on the last day of the course, mimicking the real exam environment, is crucial preparation for anyone who wants to pass CS exam from the 1st time. Indeed the course has helped me a lot to familiarize myself with CS exam environment & stress & I learned how to manage time & deal confidently with the difficult situations created by the SPs, and improving my communication skills and note writing skills. Further, the staff are friendly & Dr Johnson is very open-minded cooperative & approachable at any time.
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I think the best way to go is read the FA cs book. It has all the usual cases plus its put as a check list which makes it easier to follow and find your mistakes.
Try to get hold of a month's worth of USCS prior to your exam date but really close to it. Make sure u mention u want to get the most out of your rotation so as to help you with your test. This way the drill is fresh in your head and it becomes second nature on the test day. But you have to follow the exact format with every patient so you get into the habit and it becomes your personality not a role you play for a day. That way you are confident and comfortable.

I did that with my doc and he grilled me but it was all worth it as i took a weeks off after the rotation to soak up my FA book and went in. He would give me exactly 1o mins with each patient. This is very less compared to the time allotted to you on the test day but you know you have those extra few mins should you have a difficult case or one with multiple issues you need to address.
It felt like any other day at the clinics, of course there was that annoying voice reminding you of the time, but it wasn't intimidating.

Another important thing is writing patient notes. Time yourself use USMLE.org to your disposal so you find you comfortable typing format with characters to spare. Ultimately even if you get the history down it wont help if you forget to mention key points on your PN.
As soon as your out of the room type in ur PE cz this is what you DONT have written down and will forget unless you regurgitate it soon. You could then move to your History od DD whatever you find conmfortable.

I told a bunch of my juniors to do the same and they passed too!
Its worth a shot.

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As per my experience book are not enough for study, we need some practical example to under stand. Because through example every one can easily under stand thinks...
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how to apply for step 2 cs ?
what is schedelling permit


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is there any way of schedule a date in the month thats is not showing any date for that center.
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Hello guys. I would really appreciate if anyone has the pdf vesion of 5th edition FA for Step 2 CS. My exam is in one month and it will take one month before it reaches me if i order it from amazon. Help is really appreciated, thank you!
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hey there,
i have a question regarding workup section. Would appreciate if you help me with this.
Suppose we see a 65-yo guy with fatigue and our ddx are
1)pancreatic cancer
2)depression
3)colon cancer
In this case is it ok to order TSH or other tests to evaluate hypothyroidism and other ddx which are not mentioned in our ddx?!
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Preparing for an exam like this one, you must take a live course. Reading and practicing with friends is not enough. You have to practice many encounters. The more encounters the better chances you have to score well.
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i have a question regarding workup section. Would appreciate if you help me with this.
Suppose we see a 65-yo guy with fatigue and our ddx are
1)pancreatic cancer
2)depression
3)colon cancer
In this case is it ok to order TSH or other tests to evaluate hypothyroidism and other ddx which are not mentioned in our ddx?!
Thanks in advance
You can only order labs/tests that will support the ddxs you have chosen.
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hey there,
i have a question regarding workup section. Would appreciate if you help me with this.
Suppose we see a 65-yo guy with fatigue and our ddx are
1)pancreatic cancer
2)depression
3)colon cancer
In this case is it ok to order TSH or other tests to evaluate hypothyroidism and other ddx which are not mentioned in our ddx?!
Thanks in advance
Hypothyroidism can cause depression. TSH level is a valid test to order.
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Default How about Uworld for CS?

Hi, what do you think about Uworld for step 2 CS? Is it necessary if you are taking the kaplan live course?
I am a IMG, English as my first language, and I wanted to know.
1. What material is required to study?
2. How much time is required?

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FA and practice partner
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Default My CS experience

FA CS BOOK+ LOTS OF LIVE PRACTICE (PARTNER) + IUSMLE CS COURSE= HIGH PERFORMANCE
iusmlecourse- is a must-do live prep course for all IMGs. They make you practically work on your weaknesses and overcome your fears with lots of practice with experienced SP's
Just based on personal encounter!
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GOLD USMLE CS Review Course in Houston all the way. The instructor, Dr. Thomas, is phenomenal. When I took the real exam which was also in Houston, I completed the real exam like it was a cake walk and just by instinct because Dr. Thomas reinforces the main concepts over and over again and makes us do physical exam drills over and over till it becomes like MUSCLE MEMORY !!!!!!! I was able to finish each case approximately 2-3 minutes before the bell rang which gave me more time to type the PATIENT NOTE. If anyone in Houston taking the exam, I highly recommend taking GOLD USMLE CS review. All the best to everyone !!
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Default Integrity Usmle CS Course

Prepared for my CS in 3 weeks, with practice with my 2 friends going for their CS exams too. I did a very effective live course- iusmle cs course in NYC, very hands-on, and well organized CS workshop. It is at this workshop I got the best simplified CS note better than any.. Iusmle course is the deal, I passed in Philly.
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