C3NY offers an intensive preparatory workshop in New York City for three days every month (see Dates and Costs for our schedule).
Mark H. Swartz, M.D. teaches each and every day of the workshop.

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Day 1: 9 Hours

C3NY Step 2 Prep Day 1

Day One offers a comprehensive and interactive workshop on history taking and communication skills geared specifically to the Step 2 CS examination, covering exactly what questions to ask, and how to ask them. We present a thorough explanation of the exam itself, do role play, and show videos of real SP encounters. Skills necessary to pass the ICE and CIS portions of the exam are introduced.

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Day 2: 8 Hours

Step 2 CS Prep SP

On Day Two, the workshop continues deepening the skills learned on Day One with an added emphasis on physical examination techniques, as well as a detailed dialogue examining the structure and development of a specific SP case, and the ideas behind the development of SP cases. Optional Physical Exam Practicum is available.

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Day 3: 10 Hours

Standardized Patient

The culmination of the three day workshop takes place on Day Three, offering a practical, hands-on experience interviewing a standardized patient; observation and discussion of up to 13 SP cases; timed practice typing two patient notes on the computer, using the exact USMLE Step 2 CS template; and in-depth medical discussions of all patient notes. Day One is a pre-requisite for taking Day Three.

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Day One (9AM to 7PM)

A comprehensive and interactive workshop on history taking and communication skills conducted by Mark H. Swartz, M.D., geared specifically to the Step 2 CS examination.

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  • Brief history of the Step 2 CS Examination
  • Step-by-step explanation of the Step 2 CS patient interview examination procedures
  • Clarification of ICE and CIS requirements
  • Taking a patient history in the United States; what to say, what not to say, and how to say it
  • The role mnemonics play (or not) in the Step 2 CS exam
  • How to manage communication challenges in patients; meet the four “types” of patients (role play)
  • A discussion of “all things American” with regards to social interactions in the clinical exam
  • Instruction on how to elicit an effective sexual history (role play)
  • Watch and discuss video presentations of actual standardized patient encounters


Day Two (9AM to 5PM)

A comprehensive and interactive workshop continuing the skills learned on Day One. Day Two develops skills in how to begin your SP encounter, examines the structure and development of a specific SP case, and covers in detail all the physical examination maneuvers necessary for the exam. Day Two is conducted by Mark H. Swartz, M.D., Anna Lank, and an SP/medical educator.

  • Unique hands-on “greeting” exercise designed to lessen your anxiety, promote confidence and address the spoken English element in the initial crucial moments of your standardized patient encounter
  • Interactive practicum of a history, physical examination, and write-up on a specific patient, role-played by Dr. Swartz, including in-depth examination of Differential Diagnosis and Management of that case for the Patient Note
  • Live demonstration of the comprehensive head-to-toe physical exam on an experienced standardized patient (SP)
  • Specific PE techniques for Step 2 CS highlighted
  • Live interaction with experience SP/Medical Educator
  • What does and does not need to be done on PE, proper draping, approach, and timing
  • Demonstration of correct use of ophthalmoscope, otoscope, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, tuning forks, reflex hammer, etc.
  • REQUESTED BY OUR STUDENTS! OPTIONAL ADD-ON Physical exam practice with a highly experienced SP/medical educator (trained by Dr. Swartz) in the evening after Day Two ends. Further details available upon enrollment.


Day Three (8:45AM to 7:00PM)

The culmination of the three day workshop. The student will utilize skills learned on Days One and Two. Day Three offers a practical, hands-on experience interviewing a standardized patient, and observation and case review of up to 12 SP cases. Students will also do two timed computer patient notes.  Day Two is conducted by Mark H. Swartz, M.D., Anna Lank, and Standardized Patient/Medical Educators. DAY THREE IS NOT A MOCK EXAM.

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  • On Day Three, students will get the opportunity to put what they have learned in Days One and Two to practical use
  • Up to 12 SP cases most typical of those presented on the Step 2 CS examination will be presented
  • Each student will each be assigned one case at random. In front of the small group, in a supportive, educational atmosphere, the student will: conduct a 10 minute history of their SP; and receive 10-15 minutes of feedback from Dr. Swartz, Anna Lank, and the SP/Medical Educator
  • CIS, ICE and SEP skills are highlighted
  • The student will then get to observe and discuss up to 11 more cases
  • Each student will complete two Patient Notes on a timed session of the computer, using the exact USMLE Patient Note format, which will be personally reviewed by Dr. Swartz
  • All patient notes and cases will be thoroughly de-briefed in a comprehensive medical discussion of all cases
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