USMLE Step 2 CS Experience IMG (Paradise Medic)
Hello everyone. I just wanted to share my experience with the CS exam. I am an IMG and I had my exam this January in chicago. It took me 1 month to prepare with the FA. I practiced cases daily with my friend. I honestly left practice for patient note in the last 3 days before the exam and I was horrified by how bad my typing skills were. I’m very slow in typing so this was a big dilemma for me. I have no problem with english or communication but still I need all 3 categories to pass.
On the day of the exam 1st station was a mess for me because I forgot some important tests, I believe most of us get this shock from the 1st encounter. My patient note in that case was lacking and I felt I didn’t even know what to write. Anyways the rest of the stations went smoothly but I was always in a hurry to finish with the patients because I knew I had to make extra time for my patient note and I felt that affected my communication score somewhat. As I was in my 5th case and looking at the patient note, it hit me that I had forgotten to input diagnostic workup for 4 previous cases, and that was because I totally forgot there’s something called diagnostic workup! And I didn’t even bother to scroll down the screen to input the workup!! I guess it was just the stress of the exam and I hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep the day before. When I got back to my country, I kept getting these horrible flashbacks of what I did and didn’t do and I felt I will totally fail because of the ICE portion. In the end when my score came out i just took a deep breath and opened it and luckily i saw a pass ??
Main point is that plz don’t leave patient note practice till the end, try practicing in the beginning as well. Best of luck to all of you?