Our Step 2 CS course is designed to be dynamic and personalized. Our focus is helping you build on your medical knowledge, clinical skills and bedside manner to create a complete physician package. We discuss every aspect of what a patient encounter will look like and what to expect in both real clinical practice and the Step 2 CS exam. We provide lecture notes and thoroughly go over how to take a complete history and physical, how to complete an excellent patient note and how to derive accurate differential diagnoses and relevant diagnostic studies. We provide expert guidance with our experienced instructors, who develop personalized teaching points to assist students along with providing customized feedback after the patient encounter.
Our main focus will be on the three components tested by the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam:
1. Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE) component:
This component assesses your history-taking skills, ability to perform a thorough physical examination, medical understanding, and interpretative skills to create an accurate differential diagnosis list and provide a patient with the appropriate next steps of management.
2. Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS) component:
This component evaluates your bedside manners and ability to communicate with a patient appropriately, gather necessary information, and provide an effective management plan.
3. Spoken English Proficiency (SEP) component:
This component assesses the clarity of your spoken English and your ability to communicate effectively in a patient encounter setting.
Integrated Clinical Skills
- Paper Organization
Communication and interpersonal skills
- Importance of History
- Challenge Question
- Course introduction
- Examination length
- Patient encounters
- Patient notes
- Break time
- Time announcements
Mini-mock exam with personalized comprehensive feedback (6 Patient Cases)
Group workshops to ensure all students maximize on their hands-on experience
Mock exam with personalized comprehensive feedback
- Access to online Resource Center (McGraw AccessMedicine)
- Video Feedback of exam with the Standardized Patient