Hello guys! As I promised here is my post about USMLE Step 2CS. I decided to split it into two parts, so here is the first one. My exam was last year, and when I received my score I was extremely happy since I passed with high performance in all components.🎉
Before anything else,I would like to clarify that I am an IMG,and my experience and the way I prepared for this exam may differ from that of an American medical graduate.
📆 Prep Time: 1.5 months.
📙 Resources: First Aid (All you need),Uworld (optional). • Exam Prep:👩⚕️
✓Phase 1: The best way to start is to identify your weaker areas and work on it. If you don't feel confident speaking English, you must work on that before anything else.There are many aspects (grammar, pronunciation, word choice) which are considered in SEP along with your ability to understand what the SP (Standardized patient) is saying and vice versa. Start by being familiar with what you are expected to do during a patient encounter in the U.S. Read all the available material on USMLE.org, and the introductory sections of FA.
✓ Phase 2: Read, memorize and practice all cases from FA. Don't skip mini cases!They will help you with differentials.
• Practicing Tips:✨
1⃣Practice every long case more than once. The first time, you can do it with a teddy bear, then try to find a “live” partner. It doesn’t have to be in a medical field. All you need is someone who you can practice with, like any of your friends or family members.👩⚕️👨👩👧👦🐻
2⃣I highly recommend practicing a couple of times with a native English-speaker to make sure they understand you perfectly, especially with common words you will likely use in the exam.
3⃣Use a timer! ⏰
It's really important to time yourself while practicing. You have to manage your time perfectly. The day of the exam, you will most likely be nervous and stressed but If you practice all of your cases with a timer, you will have one less problem to worry about that day.
-For the patient encounter, look on Youtube “Step 2 CS Timer”, It's exactly the same as you will hear on the test day. It tells you when you walk in,when you have 5 minutes remaining and when you have to leave the room. 💛