Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
My name is Ran Zhang, and I took the workshop at Feb, from Feb 13th to Feb 15th. And I just got my CS result – PASSED!! As promised, I am writing to you immediately, really want to share the happiness, and express my appreciation!!
I got the email saying my score is available, and I logged in and downloaded the pdf file of my result. Before opening it, I had severe tachycardia, even arrhythmia maybe, and then I saw the word. I thought a lot in the past 5 minutes, and the scenes of the 3-day C3NY workshop re-appeared like showing a movie.
I did everything you taught me in the exam, 3 deep breaths before each encounter that Anna told me, communication, comfort, sympathy, even I was nervous and maybe panic a little bit, but I followed your instructions tightly, and that’s why I passed. (And also everything you said and expected was true, I felt terrible after exam, and even worse when closer to the the score report period, I thought I lost many things, skipped a bit in physical examination, et al. Although Dr. Swartz said that was normal, I could not convince myself before knowing the results.)
Couldn’t say thank you more! It’s hard for me to express how much I appreciate your help and support! I am only one case of your thousands of students, but the other way around, your help provided solid foundation leading to the success for me!
Thank you so much,TRULY and DEEPLY!!
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
I got my score report today, and I cannot tell you the worry I have experienced since taking the exam November 30th. I was almost certain
after talking to students after the exam, as well as the feeling I had leaving some of my encounters that I was not going to pass the exam.
Today I opened the score report with my heart just pounding and I saw the word PASS. I cannot thank you enough for your wisdom and advice that I used during the exam.
I felt like everything your workshop you taught me I used on the exam whether I was planning to or not. Anna’s teaching of the deep breathing relaxed me as much as possible for the first encounter, but more importantly practicing the introduction just came out smoothly and as practiced almost second nature.
Despite the workshops short time frame I really feel like I learned communication skills to pass the exam, but also the ground work for how I question and approach patients currently during my rotations. I have found myself to have vast improvement in my rotations now when presenting and interviewing patients, as well as I find myself connecting more with an individual rather than just patient. I hope that luck will allow me to see the two of you someday, but for now I wish you guys the best of luck and thank you for all of your time and efforts you imposed on me. I was really introverted before taking your class, and now find myself not fearing and be more extraverted with regard to my patients.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I attended C3NY June workshop. The last day in the workshop I was so terrified. I couldn’t even say a complete sentence. After the workshop, I bought your book, followed what you and Anna taught us and worked very hard to practice with my friends. The exam day, I was still a little nervous, but I knew I can do it. I did!
Thank you for answering my questions even after workshop, thanks Anna and all sps so much. I couldn’t pass without the C3NY workshop.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
I am very happy to tell you that I passed the Step 2 CS in 18 May, 2006. The C3NY Step 2-CS preparation course was wonderful and made me understand what this exam was all about. During the exam, I kept remembering what Dr. Swartz taught us and kept it in mind!having a good communication flow with SPs. Without your teaching, I cannot imagine I could have passed the exam.
Passing the exam was a big relief to me. I thank both of you very much and please convey my thanks to other SPs and faculty, especially the SP “Charles” and my SP Ms. Drda.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
After eight agonizing weeks of anticipation, the verdict is in, and I PASSED my USMLE Step 2CS exam!
I’m writing this letter to express my deep gratitude for all the hard work that you both put in on a daily basis to genuinely help students achieve their dream. I honestly believe that any student who has had the pleasure of experiencing the honesty, humility, and great care in the work educators such as yourselves display, is truly blessed.
I must say, in retrospect, my exam was particularly unorthodox, so the confidence I had entering the exam with the knowledge I attained at your workshops, quickly dissipated. However, after applying the basic principles you taught us that could not be found in the many texts I had previously read, I found that exam is a totally doable exam, and those that have not had the opportunity of attending your workshops are at a severe disadvantage. I am speaking as a US born foreign trained physician, in stating that this exam is not a test of English, or even of your medical knowledge, it is a test of communication, and patient approach that I feel no review book to date has accurately been able to outline. This is why I found that the C3NY Workshops were essential to my success. To say that I am an advocate would be an understatement, and I am truly thankful to the both of you from the bottom of my heart. You have made this last seemingly insurmountable obstacle much easier for me to get through, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Good luck, and I hope to keep in touch.
To my C3NY Family,
Greetings! I am one of your students from the 4/12 course for the Step 2CS. A few days ago, I received the result of my examination, which I took in Atlanta last 5/16.
I am thrilled to update you, that I successfully passed the Step 2CS exam on my first try. More than that, I want you to know that whatever I have learned from you with the guidance of Dr. Swartz’ books (which I already purchased), will be my reliable compass as I practice medicine.
Thank you all…To Dr. Swartz, who is a brilliant doctor and professor; to Miss Lank, for efficiently coordinating the course; and to the very effective performances of all the standardized patients.
Just so you know, my study partner who introduced me to C3NY, successfully passed as well.
Kudos to C3NY and Many Thanks!!!
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
You may forget which student is me. I took C3NY in April. I am the student with very red eyes because of seasonal allergy.
I just wanted to tell you: I passed CS, am certified, and am preparing for interview.
Like many IMGs, particularly those from Asia, I have some kind of performance anxiety. As we know performance anxiety is a kind of phobia, which requires behavior therapy. Although I have been in US for over 10 years, I swear I have never had the courage to look into anyone’s eyes over 10 seconds. First I am a shy person. Second our culture is different. In my culture if I look into someone’s eyes several seconds longer, he/she will say: “what’s wrong with you.” However, everything has changed since April’s C3NY course.
On Day 3, my case was No. 4. When I entered the room, the SP suddenly yelled at me. HE WAS A REALLY ANGRY PATIENT!!!! His voice was so loud and I was completely overwhelmed. My heart was beating so fast, my hands were shaking, my mouth was drying, my eyes were looking into his eyes….. I finished the case within 8 minutes.
“How do you feel?” asked Dr. Swartz after I finished. “I told you I have performance anxiety. I forgot everything,” I said. Then both Dr. Swartz and Anna said: “actually you did very well.” I still remember the Indian girl sitting in the front row said:”you did great. you always looked into the patient’s eyes.” Oh my God, it was not because I wanted to look into SP’s eyes but because I was so scared and overwhelmed that I did not know what to do and even did not know how to take notes!!!!!!!!
What was also surprising is that my first case in my CS exam was an ANGRY SP. Compared with angry SP case in C3NY, this case was real a piece of cake. Many many IMGs are nervous during their first encounter. I am very proud to say that my first encounter was the best among my 12 cases.
Besides the well-trained SPs (they are beautiful !!), I enjoyed both Dr. Swartz and Anna’s way of teaching. Both of you always encourage us and give us confidence. Many of the teachings are “life-time teachings” since we deal with real patients the same way as we deal with SPs. Yes, many of us just want to pass CS now. That’s fine. Just follow Dr. Swartz and Anna’s advice, you will pass: do not rush patients and let them finish; whenever patients give anything postive, follow it; stay calm, even if you pretend to…..most, if not all, is gold.
The only other thing I want to tell future CS takers is: organize your thoughts well. C3NY can not teach much medicine in such short time.
Thanks go to C3NY.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I attended your C3NY workshop 20 days before my CS exam, which was taken on May 15th, 2006. The result is back today. I passed!
I felt lucky that among so many Step2-CS workshops, I chose C3NY, which fit my needs the best. Step 2-CS was the first ever USMLE exam I took. During the workshop, we clearly learned what the exam is about and how to face it. I benefited a lot from the “tricks” you showed us, which might have taken me much longer or never to figure out by myself.
I want to take this chance to thank you, Anna and all the SPs!
All the best!
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank!
I took my exam on July 26, and felt pretty terrible afterwords.
Thanks to you, I knew damn well what I had to do, and how. But, as Dr. emphasized, this is not a perfection they’re looking for. For me it was hard to believe, but I’ve realized this when received my report two days ago – and it says – PASS!!!
I’m so happy, and grateful to you. You’re doing an exellent job, helping IMGs like me to get through this ordeal. Please pass my very special thanks to Charles and the other SPs; their feedback was invaluable.
I wish you all the best.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I have passed the exam. I attended your course in October.
Thank you, thank you so much! The waiting was a torture, but the outcome is good!
All the best to your course and your future students!
Happy holidays to both you and Anna!