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The journey towards becoming a physician in the United States is a long one and involves countless hours of reading and studying for exams. Every American medical student, Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) and International Medical Graduate (IMG) is required to take and pass all three United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE) to be certified and practice medicine in the United States of America. These board exams test many components and without the right guidance and preparation, it can feel like an uphill battle that will never come to an end.

The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam tests medical students and graduates on their ability to address the diagnostic challenges posed, to prepare the patient for the next steps in work up and treatment, and to document each patient encounter appropriately in a typed format.

Art of USMLE specializes in preparing each medical student, foreign and international medical graduate with the knowledge and training to master and conquer the USMLE Step 2 CS exam. Our objective is to assist every candidate with the ability to meet their maximum potential and pass this exam with high performance.

Our close to 100% passing rate is due to our endless efforts and investment in each one of our students, the extensive training that is received, the one-on-one guidance through our live patient encounters and the continuous feedback that is offered all throughout the course. With the recent changes to the Step CS exam and the entrance into residency becoming more competitive, it is imperative to pass each one of the board exams on the first attempt, especially the Clinical Skills exam.

Programs Offered:

1. Five-day CS Course:

• 24 High yield Live Patient Encounters covering all aspects of the CS exam.
• Actual test like setting to test all your skills and not leaving it to chance on exam day.
• Small classes 3:1 ratio, student to M.D.
• Perfecting the art of data gathering to obtain the information pertinent to each individual case.
• Fine tuning and trimming your physical exam technique to complete the focused exam in the time allowed.
• Mastering the art of data interpretation in a live setting.
• Time management structure.
• Closing every case in under two minutes.
• Addressing, neutralizing and conquering each challenging question asked by the SP's.
• Immediate feedback after each encounter by a highly trained M.D. followed by the implementation of those suggestions in future cases.
• Handling intimate, and personal topics that often come up on the CS exam.
• Patient note dissection.
• 24-hour access to our patient note portal with an unlimited submission of notes.
• Tricks and tips to complete your patient note in under 10 minutes.
• Explanation of the backbone of the Step 2 CS exam.
• Fine tuning your English during the encounters to pass the SEP component.
• Discussing the most common mistakes that are made so you do not make them.

2. Diagnostic Exam:

This program is chosen for those who have been practicing and would like to test their skills and performance in a real CS exam setting. This exam is a direct correlation to how well you will perform on your exam day.
• Three live 15-minute patient encounters followed immediately with patient note submission on our portal.
• Once all three encounters are complete, the medical student/M.D. will receive an assessment from one of our highly trained M.D.'s highlighting the strengths and weaknesses.
• A detailed assessment of all three patient notes, following the USMLE guidelines of supporting each differential with the appropriate findings. Each note is individually reviewed by the M.D. and not by a computer scan.

3. Patient Note Assessment:

• 15 Patient notes allowed for submission and review.
• Direct access to our patient note portal.
• Receive a detailed assessment as well as a step-by-step dissection of the note.
• Reviewed by one of our highly trained M.D.'s.
• Pinpoint positive and negative findings to support each differential diagnoses provided.
• Feedback within 24 hours.

4. Special Package: ICU CS PREP

1 or more attempts:

• Special one-on-one attention to diagnose the weaknesses and eliminate them. To implement a method which will reintroduce many proven techniques and tactics that will allow the candidate to reach their maximum potential and pass their CS exam.

5. Workshops:

ICE:
• Practicing data gathering and interpretation with the use of mnemonics.
• Ruling in/out differential diagnoses to obtain your positive and/or negative findings.
• Review all physical exam techniques and maneuvers.
• Patient note structuring and typing.

CIS:
• Relationship building with the SP.
• Expressing sympathy and empathy when it is appropriate.
• Asking questions in a well-structured, free flowing format.
• How to navigate through the physical examination.
• Maximizing and maintaining eye contact.
• Analysis of body language and rapport.

SEP:
• Full assessment of strengths and weaknesses in the English language.
• Techniques to minimize errors that might cost you a failure in the SEP component.
• Tips to avoid certain traps in each patient encounter.
• Exercises to practice and implement into each patient encounter.

We are located minutes away from downtown Chicago and from the actual USMLE Step 2 CS test center (near O'hare airport).

Please feel free to visit our site www.Artofusmle.com or contact us Toll-Free (866) 985-8759 to answer any questions or concerns you might have about the courses we offer.

High regards,

Stavros Vouyiouklis, M.D.
President at Art of USMLE
Office: (866) 985-8759
artofusmle.com

Chicago | New York
 

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For anyone studying for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam you should check out this app! Really helped me improve my time management and it also graphs and saves the cases, so you can track your progress as you study. Very helpful for those of you like me who struggles with timing. Thought this might help out some people! Please share this page with your friends and classmates!

https://web.facebook.com/Step2cscoach/
If you need assistance with time management for typing your patient note as well as guidance to utilize +/- findings to support your differential diagnoses, please take advantage of our online patient note portal: http://artofusmle.com/site/registration.php?s=l&p=csp
 

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Complimentary services: Diagnostic and Patient note analysis

Please visit this link to take advantage of our Complimentary services: https://artofusmle.com/site/free_services.php

Patient Note Assessment:

With the patient note being a big part of the Integrated Clinical Encounter (I.C.E.) it is vital that each patient note you submit is exactly what the USMLE wants and that you receive the points and score you deserve.

Three patient notes will be allowed for submission and review. Direct access to our patient note portal. Receive a detailed assessment as well as a step-by-step dissection of the note. Feedback within 24 hours. Reviewed by one of our highly trained M.D's. Recommendations on how to strengthen each note so as to pass with high performance.

Diagnostic Examination:

One 15-minute patient encounter followed immediately with patient note submission on our portal. You will receive an assessment from one of our highly trained M.D.'s highlighting your strengths and weaknesses in the three components (ICE, CIS, and SEP). An assessment of the patient note, following the USMLE guidelines of supporting each differential with the appropriate positive and/or negative findings, will also be provided. The patient note is individually reviewed by an M.D. and not scanned in a computer.
Total time 30 minutes.
 

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Our newest usmle step 2 cs live course

USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Live 3-Day Workshop

Our physician will guide you through common patient cases, pitfalls, how to achieve the most points per patient encounter, what to do during the history component and the physical examination. Daily drills to work on how to conclude each and every case with the most acceptable and professional closure, how to address and neutralize every possible question that a standardized patient might ask you.

* Practice data gathering with the use of general and specific mnemonics.
* How to navigate through each focused physical examination in a timed manner.
* Review all physical exam techniques and maneuvers.
* Master how to connect all the pertinent findings provided by the standardized patient during the live encounter to come up with an accurate differential diagnosis.
* Rule in and out differential diagnoses with the use of positive and negative findings.
* Patient note structuring and typing in under 10 minutes.
* Relationship building with the standardized patient.
* Express sympathy and empathy when it is appropriate.
* Ask questions in a well-structured, free-flowing format without sounding robotic.
* Master the use of mnemonics to then allow the ability to maintain and maximize eye contact with the standardized patient.
* Analysis of body language and rapport.
* Full assessment of strengths and weaknesses in the English language.
* Techniques to minimize errors that might cost you a failure in the SEP component.
* Tips to avoid certain traps in each patient encounter.
* Exercises to practice and implement into each patient encounter.
* Master how to address and neutralize most common questions asked by standardized patients.

Feel free to contact us at [email protected] / Toll-free (866) 985-8759
 

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Ready for your USMLE Step 2 CS Exam???

With the Residency MATCH process beginning in a few months, you want to be 100% sure that you will receive a PASSING score on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam. Visit us and sign up for a Diagnostic exam (Mini Mock exam) to make sure you ARE ready!

Art of USMLE: https://artofusmle.com/site/step2cs_plans.php
 

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With the Residency MATCH process beginning in a few weeks, you want to be 100% sure that you will receive a PASSING score on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam. Visit us and sign up for a Diagnostic exam (Mini Mock exam) to make sure you ARE ready!

Art of USMLE: https://artofusmle.com/site/step2cs_plans.php

Mention the USMLE-forums and receive our LIVE 5-day course in Chicago at a discounted price. Please email our team at [email protected] for more details.
 
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