Thinking about signing up for one of our exam preparation workshops? This is the place to get all of your USMLE Step 2 CS questions answered. Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions, but if you have any additional concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at

How do I know which program is right for me?

The three day workshop in NYC is the most comprehensive and is the number one recommended choice for prep for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam. It offers the most individualized attention. The NYC workshop is offered every month and Dr. Swartz teaches every day of the workshop. If you can not travel to NYC, the Skype practice with SP’s is highly recommended. Please be aware that Skype sessions are for practice ONLY; they do not offer information about the exam itself.

What if I have already taken the exam and not been successful?

C3NY has many, many students who come to us after not being successful on the exam, and who then go on to be successful. Most times within the first day of the workshop, people realize where they went wrong. Dr. Swartz will evaluate your interviewing and patient note skills on Day Three in NYC, and is further able to diagnose where you went wrong, and offer strategies to fix it.

I cannot afford to take a workshop or I cannot travel to take the workshop. Is there any other way I can prepare using C3NY?

Please refer to our Skype program. We now offer practice sessions with SP’s directly through online Skype or Google hangout. Please note these sessions are for practicing cases only, and are not intended to give information about the exam itself. For information about the exam itself, go to and

My problem is the patient note. Do you address this?

On Day Three of the workshop in New York, you will personally do two 10 minute timed computer write ups, and review all notes of all cases presented on Day Three, up to 13 cases total. By the end of Day Three, you will have more than enough information on how to write a proper note.

My problem is the physical exam. How do you address this?

On Day Two of the NYC workshop, Dr. Swartz demonstrates a head to toe physical exam on a live SP. Additionally, there is an option to take the PE Practicum after Day Two. There you will get one-on-one or two-on-one practice with a trained Patient Instructor for two hours. More information about this program is available after enrollment.

What is the reason I can’t just take Day Three of the NYC workshop?

The approach we at C3NY recommend is different than most other prep courses. Unless you have the information about interviewing a patient which is covered extensively in Day One of the C3NY Workshop in New York City, Day Three will not be beneficial for you or your colleagues. Day One offers didactic information about interviewing and proper communication skills for an American patient, and on Day Three you put that information into practice. If you are interested in just taking a mock exam, we are offering this option soon.

What is the reason it is important to take a review course? Can’t I prepare on my own?

It is critically important to be well prepared when taking any test, especially the USMLE Step 2 CS exam.  Since 2012, the exam has become much more difficult with more failures amongst both IMG’s and AMG’s.  Proper guidance will auger for a more successful outcome.  This is especially important when now, more than ever, Residency Directors are looking for first time passes of Step 2 CS!  Be well prepared; enroll today and get the correct information you need to be a successful candidate.

There are a lot of prep courses out there. What makes C3NY the best?

C3NY is the only prep course provided by an industry leader. Mark H. Swartz, MD has been involved with SP’s and performance-based assessments for over 30 years. C3NY focuses exclusively on Step 2 CS; we do not get bogged down with other exams. C3NY is also the only prep course with direct associations with university medical schools. Dr. Swartz’s Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History & Examination, now in its 7th edition, is the gold standard textbook in the field; it has been translated into 14 languages. He has also published a review book for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam. See resources and links for more information. And contact us at for references for our workshop.

Do you provide accommodations?

No. You are responsible for your own accommodations. We do provide recommendations for all types of accommodations in NYC.

Can you tell me a little more about SP’s?

Please refer to the SP page for information about the SP’s.

How long before my scheduled exam should I plan on taking the two or three day workshop?

Dr. Swartz recommends ideally 2-3 weeks between the end of the workshop and taking your exam. This is to allow time to practice. However, a lot of this depends on your experience and level of comfort with American patients. Some students, because of travel restrictions, must take the workshop and then immediately take the exam. We have plenty of people be successful this way. Some people need more practice after the workshop. Again, ideally 2-3 weeks is recommended if possible.

Is there a dress code for the workshop?

No. Please wear what is comfortable and appropriate for the weather.

How should I prepare for my workshop?

The best advice is to come well rested and with an open and curious mind. We DO NOT recommend reading any particular text beforehand. Step 2 CS is a hands-on examination, and most of what we teach needs to be learned in person.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the workshop?

No. All you need to bring to the workshop is yourself, and something on which to take notes. If you will be taking the optional PE Practicum in NYC after Day Two, you will also need to bring your stethoscope.

Will I get any study materials to take with me after the workshop?

Yes. For both the three and two day workshops, there will be handouts given, but they are minimal. The hands-on nature of this exam means most of your study will be in the moment, with the SP’s, under the guidance of Dr. Swartz and his staff.

Do you offer any discounts?

No. We keep our prices absolutely as low as possible. The quality of the instruction and the number of teaching hours per day speak for themselves. If you are interested in a reference about the workshop, please contact

What is your pass rate?

We are proud of a pass rate in excess of 95%, with a margin of error of 2-3%. We cannot give you an exact number, because not all students report back to us. However, this is as accurate a number as we can get you.

Can I talk to someone who has taken your workshop and then passed the exam?

Absolutely, this is a very good thing to do. Contact for a reference.