Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna, and everybody at C3NY!
I PASSED! Thank you all so very much. Step 2-CS was the only USMLE that I took a preparatory course for, mainly because I did not have a slightest idea how they grade it, what to emphasize the most, and where my weaknesses were. Even though my other USMLE scores are in high 90s, I realized that there is a very good chance of me not passing this exam, because of the lack of confidence that I could pass it.
Well, you gave me just that. Barbara’s (the SP’s) feedback, was probably the most necessary and powerful tool that helped me through the day. I kept repeating to myself that Barbara said I made it extremely difficult for her to play the depression role, even though at that time I thought I was a big failure.
My first patient on the exam almost made me cry from frustration and anger at myself, but when I left his room I kept thinking: “Dr. Swartz said that you cannot tell, you will never know just what was going on in that room; it is just like a job interview. So maybe what happened was not because of me, but because of the role he played”. My next cases I approached with a lot more confidence, and that is what the SPs, and real patients are looking for in their doctor, I think…
Thank you Dr. Swartz for your willingness to share your knowledge and skills and for your dedication to teaching. It made this workshop so exceptionally helpful and unforgettable. And of course, dear Anna, there wasn’t a single thing that you have told us that wasn’t useful. The breathing technique, the clarification questions, and especially the introduction really helped me feel that I am in charge in the room.
And special gratitude from me to Barbara, the SP. Last week I had a residency interview, and if it weren’t for her feedback, I would never have lived through that one. She gave me the confidence of knowing that I appear to the interviewer like I am in charge of my emotions even when it seems everybody can hear my heart pounding.
I wish all of you, dear C3NY, many years of professional prosperity and a long productive life.
Thank you so much.
Hello Dr. Swartz,
My name is Gulvahid, and I attended your June C3NY Step 2-CS workshops. I am very glad to inform you that I got my result and I passed.
I am very much thankful to you for all the things that you taught me. Before attending the workshop, I was very concerned about the direction I should take (what was important for the exam), but you showed me the right path to take. Things that you taught me were not only helpful for the exam, but I think they will help me in my entire medical career. I am indeed most grateful to you and your excellent style of teaching.
Now anyone who asks me how to prepare for exam, I tell them that they must join your class!
Once again thanks.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I attended your C3NY training in September 2005. After the first day of the class, I was greatly relieved that I took the training. After the first day I realized the objective of Step 2 CS and what they were looking for. It was sort of a purifying experience you can say. Almost everything I had imagined about Step 2 CS was WRONG. I learned a lot in the four days with you.
After the exam, I was very upset that I hadn’t done well, but you predicted correctly my reaction and my results.
I highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to pass the exam and become a better clinician.
Thank you once again. I appreciate all your help and guidance.
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!
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
How are you? This is Prachi here from Feb 2013 batch. I got my CS results this Wednesday. I PASSED.
I’m so very glad that I joined C3NY. The course put a lot of my anxiety to rest, and I was able to perform in my exam. I have attached my score report.
I’m very fortunate to have an opportunity to be a part of your class.
Thank you for the valuable lessons. I’ll carry them forward to my residency.
Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna and all the SP’s,
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart all of your help in preparing me for the USMLE Step 2 CS. I just read my result, and I PASSED!
I found the exam to be less difficult than the C3NY workshops. These workshops definitely prepared me in passing the exam. In particular, I was amazed to find the “talking in a coffee shop” worked. The insights I was given gave me skills to pass this exam for prepared me for my future patient encounters.
Again, I would like to extend my overwhelming joy and gratitude to each and every one that is part of the C3NY team. Excellent work from excellent people!
Thanks to all of you. I can now go on and accomplish my goal in becoming a physician.
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.
Hey Dr. Swartz,
Hope all is well. I passed! I am sending my step 2 USMLE step 2 CS score for you to see..
Appreciate all your advise… it worked out!
Hi Dr. Swartz,
I learned today that I passed! THANK YOU!
When I came to C3NY, I was prejudiced with many things for the Step 2CS exam, especially from First Aid. But you changed my feelings about the exam completely, and by the last day of the workshop, I was confident to take my exam.
Truthfully, I want to tell you something. After I returned to Chicago, I did not touch First Aid. I only practiced cases with my husband.
I am so happy your class entirely changed my outlook toward approaching American patients and the Step 2CS exam..
Regards and many thanks!
Dear Dr. Swartz and Dear Anna,
As promised I write to you. I have passed Step 2CS and am very happy about that. Thanks for your excellent workshop. Now I am one step further ahead. LetB4s see where this road will lead me.