Dear Dr. Swartz,
I attended the C3NY workshop for USMLE Step 2 CS in the month of June 2012. It was my first week in the USA. I was doing my rotation in Florida, I travelled to NYC for this workshop.
As an International Medical graduate, Step 2 CS was a concerning exam for me, though there were so many misguided information underestimating the exam. But I went to the workshop, and I experienced a unique training which gives me an exact simulation and understanding the exam.
The 3 day course by Dr. Swartz was an excellent way of not only understanding the exam, but also was very helpful in mastering the differences in communication in the USA, which helped me big time even in my elective rotations.
The key feature of the workshop is the last day where you can actually practice with a standardized patient in front of Dr. Swartz and your fellow participants and get immediate constructive feedback from all of them.
On the day of exam, I just followed what the course guided me to do, of course with extensive practice after getting trained in the worshop.
I recently cleared my Step 2 CS with high performance in all three categories. I whole heartedly and strong recommend the C3NY workshop for every candidate (esp IMGs) without any reservation.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Swartz and his team for doing a wonderful job and being an important part on our road to residency.
Thanks for everything Dr. Swartz!
Dear Ms. Anna Lank,
I know this is long overdue, but I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude nonetheless. I attended the 3-day C3NY workshop last February, and I am very happy to report that I was able to pass the Step 2 that I took in March.
Personally, I feel that you, Dr. Swartz, and the Standardized Patients played an integral role in my preparation for the exam. Not only did I learn about the exam and what exactly was required of test takers like myself, but I was able to develop confidence in interacting with Standardized Patients.
Thank you all very much for your time and sincere effort in helping allay the fear and uncertainty I had in preparing for this exam. I truly appreciate all the patience and hard work that go into this workshop, and I feel fortunate to have been able to benefit from it.
Dr. Swartz, you and the C3NY program has helped me in more ways than you know. God bless!
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Anna,
I was in your May 2009 workshop, and took the exam on June 2 [Houston] got the result on Aug 19 and I passed.
When I came to your workshop, I had a very little idea about communication skills, but I learned a lot about communication skills after I attended it. On the final day SP encounter, you told me that I was good in ICE and SEP, but I have to improve the CIS part. You taught me how to improve it. In the real exam, the SP’s were very happy with the introduction, which you taught us.
Thanks a lot for helping me pass this exam. I believe that you could help anybody to pass this exam.
God bless you and your team!
Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna, and the rest of the C3NY team,
I am glad to inform you that I have passed the STEP 2 CS. You guys are doing a great job. I love you!
Thank you so much for your help!
Dear Mz. Lank and Dr. Swartz,
I am Dr. Urjita Shah from India. I was in your course from 18-21st of August ’08.
I am really glad to inform you that I took my exam in September, and I passed it. Thanks a lot to both of you.
Wish you to continue helping people like me with your knowledge and experience. I wish to thank also all the SPs, especially the case I got for memory loss, an eldery female. She was amazing.
Thanks a lot again. I just wish we had Anna with us in the group picture.
Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna, and Sandy,
Hey guys……..finally good news!!!!
Just received my ECFMG certificate. All steps concluded!! Now I’ll start looking for a spot in the Internal Medicine programs for 2007.
Thank you so much for your collaboration in the conclusion of this last step. Every word that you advised me was crucial to this accomplishment as well as for my professional and personnel life. Despite the “couple yawnings” during our talks, I guess I picked up the most of the tips you guys gave me.
I’ll let you know about this next step that will make me able to apply in real life all those skills and others that will come up!!!
Thank you again for everything Anna, Sandy and Dr. Swartz.
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
I passed CS in 1st attempt on 24th June. I have been away from medical practice for 9 yrs and but with your help I could do it. Thank you for all your and C3NY’s help and cooperation.
Hi Dr. Swartz,
I hope you remember me from your course back in December of 2007.
I’m writing you now to tell you that I passed the Step 2 CS exam. I really found out back in February…the reason I waited so long to write this e-mail though is a credit again to you. Not only did your course give me the confidence to pass the exam, I was subsequently able to enter the match. I was just placed today at Schneider Children’s Hospital for residency in pediatrics…my top choice.
I wanted to thank you for all your help and the confidence you instilled. You do a wonderful “chesed” (kindness) for people.
Hi Dr Swartz and Ms. Anna,
I am sorry for this late reply. I have passed step 2CS last month.
Thank you very much for your great guidance. You know I was so upset when I have took step 2CS: 4 cases were terrible, but I just followed the communication skills you taught me and all of Dr. Swartz’s rules and I did it…. I now realize that this exam is only communication and good bedside manner….only a little bit of medical knowledge (only for diagnosis)…. thank you very much once again.
Take care, Bye
I am a Ph.D student in Cornell and MSKCC studying pharmacology. To pursue my career in medicine in the U.S, I took tests along with my study.
Step 2CS is unique that it is not MCQ based but highly subjective. We don’t have NBME feedback for us to know where are we and how good we are for the test. Some of us use family or friend to practice, but they don’t know the exam, which makes the feedback not as real as you want it to be.
Dr. Swartz’s C3NY workshop is so great that I don’t want to use any descriptive words, just be more clear and beefy. HE TAUGHT ALL YOU HAVE TO KNOW BEYOND FA AND USMLEWORLD.
There are many subtle details about U.S culture and clinical encounter that none of us could have known if not going to medical school here. Like how to say names and drape patients, not to say how to deal with SP with various emotions and tempers. You learn many details that are so easy to operate but not easy to know from him. If you choose to do it your way, you lost many easy points that put together can let you through the exam or fail you.
Plus, he told you what the exam is about, there is a saying in ancient Chinese Culture:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” from the Art of War from Sun Tzu.
He obviously knows the test and how it is designed and executed, so knowing the exam from inside is not something we can learn from the books, but easily achieved in his day 1 lectures.
He had this amazing practice session that you have to see and perform before him and fellow students, so others can see you and tell you what you are doing in the exam. He also gave suggestions about what you are good at and what not, believe me, he saw more CS takers than lots of people in the field, so he can be really neutral about telling you what to do and what not.
In essence: C3NY lets you know CS, know yourself and know things you can’t learn from the books. I paid little over 1,000 and was very happy that I don’t need to pay twice for CS, if I didn’t take C3NY, I know I would have to.
My experience is C3NY plus help from my lovely wife+ FA+ Help from divine side made me pass. I know Dr. Swartz doesn’t like FA, but I would say C3NY should be a word you know about CS as important as FA.
What to say in the last? He should increase the fee and have more complete training (including PE) sessions and got more students.
Thanks to Dr. Swartz and Anna and the SPs, you will learn how helpful they are when you took the CS yourself.