Mastering the USMLE Step 2 CS / Edition 3

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This one-of-a-kind interactive workbook prepares medical students for the Clinical Skills exam (CS) by simulating patient cases likely to be tested. Includes over 60 simulated practice cases in internal medicine, ob/gyn, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. Each case includes a brief patient background and clinical pearls while the workbook format gives students an opportunity to develop checklists for each case. Students will also find this useful for end-of-clerkship OSCE.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This review book was written to help medical students and physicians prepare for the new USMLE Step 2 CS examination. It covers the examination format, appropriate preparation for the examination, and reiterates success strategies. Typical case scenarios are presented and discussed.
Purpose: Since this examination is new, students need guidance on the preparation to acquire some comfort level with the standardized patient encounter.
Audience: Although the book is specifically meant for those sitting for the examination, the more than 50 practice cases and discussions that follow are excellent teaching cases for students to use during their clinical rotations.
Features: The book reviews the important elements that will be tested. Discrete advice is given with respect to communication skills, time management, content of both the physical examination and subsequent patient note. By detailing the learning objectives for each practice case, students can sharpen their overall skills while gauging their knowledge base and clinical judgment.
Assessment: This workbook provides the student opportunities to simulate the interactive examination format without the presence of a simulated patient. By systematic review of key strategies in each practice case, the book will help the reader develop much greater familiarity with the test format and content.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071443340
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 828,239
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo-Ann Reteguiz, MD

Program Director

Department of Internal Medicine

UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

Newark, NJ

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Table of Contents

Who Will Find This Book Useful ix
Background xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Faculty, Resident, and Student Reviewers xvii
Section A The Examination 1
Introduction: What Is the Step 2 CS? 3
Who Is the Standardized (Simulated) Patient? 5
The Day of the Test 7
Beginning the Standardized Patient Encounter 11
Developing the Checklist 13
The History 17
The Physical Examination 21
Physical Examination Findings That May Be Seen in an SP 25
Five Simple Steps to Effective Communication 27
Improving Your Interpersonal Skills Quickly 33
Common Communication Challenges 39
The Step 2 CS Patient Note: How to Pass the Written Part 45
Section B Practice Cases: Mastering the Checklist and Patient Note 49
General Case Instructions 51
Presenting Problems 52
Section C The Final Workout 387
Some Challenging Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) Examination Cases 389
The Common Encounters for Each Specialty 411
Section D Communication Skills: Decreasing Your Chances of Failing 415
Improving Your Communication Skills Quickly 417
The Day of the Step 2 CS 419
The Top Ten Causes of CS Examination Failure 420
The Final Preparation: A Review of the Common Step 2 CS Scenarios 421
Appendix Allowable Abbreviations for the Patient Note 430
Index of Practice Cases 433
References 435
Index 437
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