Hello Dr. Swartz,
This is Dina Zeki. I enrolled in your C3NY course in April. I am very pleased to say…” I did it the Swartz way, and I did it quite O.K.”…..passed the CS exam with high performance.
I would like to give my sincere thanks to you, Anna and the SPs. I left your course knowing that I have a good understanding of what this exam needs. I did not use mnemonics, I did not memorize anything… I just went in and “took care” of the patient like I normally would. I connected with each of them instantly and made them feel the way a real doctor should make everybody feel, like they will be taken care..” I am glad you came in today…you’re in good hands”….smiles were what I got back. History and PE were INCOMPLETE…yet …at the end, the charm of care and respect to the patient overcome any incompleteness I had here and there.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for shedding bright light on the reality of this exam. It was not just the course, but it was also your book for the CS that helped me tremendously. I did go through FA but I did not memorize anything and read it only once. I am so glad I did this the way you taught us to, because truly listening to you Dr. Swartz, will not only get us a PASS in the CS, but will get us HIGH PERFORMANCE and stars as well.
Thank you again. I have recommended your course and book to everyone I know that wants to take the test.
I am attaching a copy of my score report for you to share with your students.
With my deepest respect to you
This is Amruta Panwala from India, who attended the April session of C3NY.
I took my exam on 10th May, 2011 in Houston. Today, I got my score report and I am so happy to inform you that I have not only cleared the exam but cleared it with good stars.
I heartily thank to you and Dr. Swartz for giving us so helpful knowledge about this exam which made our preparation for the exam so easy.
I wish you and all persons working with C3NY, all the best. I hope you all grow as large academy helping FMGs in future.
I thank all of you again for helping the FMGs to achieve success for their medical carriers in USA.
Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna, & Ginny,
I highly recommend the C3NY review for the CS exam. Dr. Swartz, you have a great insight into Step 2CS, and it helped my colleagues and me to better understand the exam, take some of the mystery out it, and ease some of the anxiety associated with the exam. I felt confident on test day and passed on my first try.
All of you and the SPs presented not only the basic information needed to pass the CS exam, but stressed the importance of communicating not only information but also positive regard and understanding for patients. I personally felt re-energized about medicine as a career after the C3NY course.
Best regards,keep on teaching!
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I received my report yesterday, but I only decided to open it this morning. I passed!
Although United States and Germany are both under the category “Western Culture,” there are still differences. Attending your C3NY Workshop makes you aware of those slight differences, and this awareness may be a key point for you to pass the exam. Step 2CS has a lot to do with exam taking skills: you have to know where the money is. Your workshop tells you where the money is!
Medical education in Germany emphasizes thoroughness, which may be a pre-implanted factor for candidates from Germany (and I suspect from other countries) to fail due to bad time management. You have to know when to move on, and again, where the money is!
Please tell Anna about my appreciation.
Thank you very much for all your suggestions! They were very helpful!
Dear Anna & Dr. Swartz,
I got my CS result today and I passed. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped me.
The course made a huge impact on the CIS, as Dr. Swartz said. I think the additional practice with the Skype patients was helpful. My score was a negative star last time and was well past the borderline region this time. I had one patient who was a 57 y/o menopausal woman who I felt my bedside wasn’t as confident. That could have affected my score.
I spent about 3-4 minutes of the 15 minute encounter with counseling and addressing patient concerns. That was where the previous courses from Kaplan and NYCSprep failed. My expectations of Kaplan are low but NYCSprep didn’t even address counseling seriously.
The ICE was passing but barely passing. I’m really not sure as to the criteria used. I feel like I did well with counseling on most patients but missed certain things on certain patients from the counseling perspective.
For example, I know there was one two patients who had no deep tendon reflex in the knee and one patient had several sexual partners and I didn’t counsel but mentioned it in the note. Another was a teenage girl who insisted that she was not sexually active.
It would be interesting to know how the criteria is gathered for ICE though because it looks like my score just barely budged, but just enough for a pass.
In any event, I am happy and relieved to have finished my medical school requirements and can now apply for my ECFMG certificate and graduation.
How are you? I took exam on March 9th at Atlanta. I passed the exam and got my result on 24th May.
Thanks a lot. Please say thanks to Dr. Swartz also. Words can’t say my thanks enough to him. I failed the CS exam the first time. Thank GOD because of you both I passed.
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
Hi, my exam was on April 23 in LA. I received my result today, and I passed. Thanks to both of you and C3NY.
Good luck with your work!
Dear Dr. Swartz et al,
I apologize for not contacting you sooner.
I took the Step 2CS exam in Philadelphia on April 23rd, I am very happy to say that I passed the exam at 1st attempt. Thanks for all your high quality teaching and advice. I would definitely recommend your course to anyone who is taking the exam.
Your workshop really stressed what is important – it’s all about the communication. I don’t think I would have been prepared in the right way had I studied alone.
Many thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I am writing to thank you. I have taken my exam on December 4th, and got my passing score yesterday. I PASSED!
I just wanted to thank you, your time, and the knowledge you shared with me during your course in October 2015. I know for sure, that the aspects of communication you underlined during the course will stay with me thoughout my life.
Also, I remember how I did a diabetes case, and you included the symptoms of “paraneoplastic syndrome” in the differential diagnosis. I used this during the exam as well.
I will recommend you to everyone I know who still needs to take this exam. You truly helped me to be more genuine during the exam. Retrospectively, I know this for sure. I am so proud I passed it. I know you will be happy for me.
Thank you again.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
This is Mohamad from Egypt. I attended your March C3NY workshop and took the CS in Houston last April. I am not sure if you remember me. I passed Step 2CS!!!!.
I cannot express enough my gratitude and appreciation to you. I couldn’t have done it without you. C3NY taught me the real philosophy behind this test. I would recommend this course to any one, and I would advise them to listen carefully during the workshop and to relax at home. Rest assured that if they do exactly what you told them to do…they will be fine. Even the feeling of frustration you said we would have after the test came true!
And I want Anna to know that I use the breathing exercise now even in my daily life to combat stress and anxiety.
I also just got the results of my step 2 CK exam…I got a 236.
Thank you very much.