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?

 

 

October 13, 2019
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