The Ultimate Guide and Review for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam

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Excel in the USMLE Step 2CS exam with this outstanding review book by the best-selling author of Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History and Examination, which the New England Journal of Medicine has called "the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive textbook of physical diagnosis available today." With detailed scenarios and an emphasis on the do's and don'ts of the exam, this review is just what you need to be fully prepared for USMLE Step 2CS. Also includes a section on American styles and traditions, as well as 30 practice cases.
  • Be thoroughly prepared with 30 clinical cases covering all the major scenarios you're likely to see on the exam.
  • Become comfortable with how the exam is administered using this detailed overview.
  • Hone your communication skills for this important aspect of the exam.
  • Focus on the critical information you need to learn for each case with sample checklists based on the patient's chief complaint.
  • Deepen your understanding of the material using references to the acclaimed Textbook of Physical Diagnosis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416037279
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/6/2006
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,085,373
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY; Director, C3NY (Clinical Competence Center of New York); Dean of Medical Education, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY

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Table of Contents


1. Background information

2. What are Standardized Patients?

3. Purpose of the Step 2-CS

4. Examination Length

5. Examination Format

6. Eligibility for Step 2-CS

7. Registration for Step 2-CS

8. Fees for Step 2-CS

9. Location of Regional Clinical Skills Evaluation Centers

10. Scoring of Step 2-CS

11. Score Reporting

12. On Your Exam Day

13. Description of the Examination Center

14. Other Important Information About the Examination

15. Suggested Time Management

16. Types of Examination Cases

17. The Patient Encounter

18. Announcements During the Examination

19. The Patient Note

20. Important Web Sites


21. General Principles

22. Conducting the Interview

23. Basic Interviewing Techniques

24. Format of the History

25. After the History – Before the Physical Examination

26. Specific Patient Challenges

27. In Summary



Case 1: Headache in a 34-year old man

Case 2: Vomiting in a 2-year old child

Case 3: Shortness of Breath in a 57-year old woman

Case 30: ...

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