Dear Ms. Lank and Dr. Swartz,
I got my step 2 cs scores today morning, and I passed. I would like to thank you and the standardized patients for your insight and help. I was in the October 2008 batch.
I would like to share my experience in Philadelphia. The staff and sps were all very nice. I did have one telephone case. I took your advice and made conversation with the patients. Timing was not too difficult for me as I usually was on the last few lines of closing when the end bell sounded. The part which I found most helpful after attending your classes is that for a few patients who didn’t tell you what the main complaint was, it took casual conversation, not a memorized list of questions, to gain the real information from them.
After each patient I felt that I didn’t know what the diagnosis was, and I was quite worried. But then I remembered Dr. Swartz saying to us that if the diagnosis is very clear, then you are not getting the real picture.
Overall even though our interaction was a short one lasting only 3 days, it was a very intense one. Hopefully my CS scores will help me to match for 2009.
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
I am glad to share with you good news! I just got the results of my Step 2 CS and I passed!!! Yeah!!!!!!!
Thank you all for cheering, supporting, listen to me, etc., etc.,etc….
Both of you and my workshop colleagues helped me a lot, and I am sure I would have missed the goal of step 2 CS test if I had not attended your workshop.
I have to say I am sometimes quite stubborn, and I was reluctant to accept or agree that it was a test about the patient, not about my medical knowledge – probably because I was never exposed to that. Following your advice, I accepted the option to direct all my attention to what my SPs had to say and sometimes I even sacrificed parts of the PE in order to make a good closure, addressing their the concerns. And it worked!!!!!!
Have we all a great day (my day begun wonderfully!)
Dear Ms. Anna Lank,
Thank you. First, I want to wish you, Dr. Swartz and all the staff a happy 2006.
My step2 clinical skills exam result came yesterday. I passed the exam. I am profoundly thankful to all of you at the C3NY for having imbued me with the right way of communication skills focusing on the person, the human being in front of us-rather than thinking of them as cases and case lists.
Within those two days at C3NY training, I imbibed a new approach to communication which will be a most useful tool, not just for the exam, but for an enriching life experience with people whose care I am entrusted with. Special thanks to all the actors who gave their time and valuable feedback.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna!!
I passed!!! It was a real pleasure to work with both of you during my workshop session. The workshops helped me tremendously to pass this exam. I know I wouldn’t make it without your step-by-step help and guidance. Your training is extremely important for IMGs!
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I attended the C3NY April class and took the Step 2CS on May 5th. I passed it!
I thank you and Anna so much for the wonderful workshops. I didn’t do well during the class practice. I even didn’t finish the case. However, I felt the feedback from you, Anna, and the SPs were very helpful and important. By the way, my two other friends also passed their test (they probably have already emailed you).
You are such a great teacher and so patient with all the students. You spent hours after the class and answered millions of questions from us. I really appreciated it a lot. If anything I can help, I’ll be more than happy to do it. Wish you the BEST!
Hello Dr. Swartz,
Special thanks to you Sir. I came to know that I passed my step 2-cs exam today. I took the test on April 24th. Well I don’t know where to begin…I found ALL of your points useful in the exam. After the course in March, for the exam I was always ready to pick up any clue that the SP’s were directing me to other than the presenting symptom; so your concept of “THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX” really helped.
I would definitely recommend this course to all those who are skeptical about the exam. It gives a great direction to go.
Keep up the good work Sir.
Dear Dr. Swartz & Anna,
I just wanted to let you know that I passed my cs exam that I took in Philadelphia on Jan 27th.
I think that your workshop is wonderful and it really builds confidence which is what we all desperately need in order to pass this exam.
Thank you both for your help. You are doing a great job!
Hello Dr. Swartz & the C3NY Team!
Many thanks to all of you for such an excellent workshop in June – I took the exam on the next day (June 22 in Philly). I got the results of Step 2 CS today and I passed!!!
I was pretty nervous about my Patient Note part, thinking that I didn’t do well on that one, but I guess all’s well that ends well! And I am elated on seeing the result
Thanks very much for your kind help in understanding the intricate aspects interviewing a patient, how to show empathy and for lots of tips that you gave. Mr. Richard was great, indeed! Please give my special kudos to him, since I learned a lot from him too.
I would heartily recommend the C3NY program to my friends.
Dear Ms. Lank and Dr. Swartz,
I got my results today, and I passed. My heartfelt thanks to both of you for the great experience I had for 3 amazing days.
You prepared us not just for the exam but also to become good physicians. You taught us the importance of listening to the patients and the right way to respond empathetically in any difficult situation. This helped me a lot during my exam to build rapport with the patients in a limited time.
What I liked best – the course is not about spoon feeding you with facts, but about learning how to think for yourself with any presentation of patient. It really helped me to broaden my views about the differential diagnosis and taught me how to think “out of the box”.
You guys are simply the best!! And I would highly recommend this program to all my friends. One of my friends is joining your workshop next month!
Hello Dr. Swartz, Ginny, and Anna,
My name is Dr. Kalpesh Patel. I attended your workshops in August 2005. I took my exam on 6 September in Philadelphia, and today I got my result…I PASSED the exam!
I am really thankful to all three of you who really helped me and many others in passing this exam. All of you took your personal interest in our preparation and that is what I liked most about your classes. Since the patients in the actual Step 2-CS exam were not as tough as in the workshops, as Dr. Swartz told us, the exam looked easy to me since I was well prepared for the “tough ones” by you guys. Once again thank you very much for your help, and I really really appreciate everything that you are doing for the IMGs.