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

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The Ultimate Guide for Step 2 CS Examination will guide you confidently through the Step 2 exam. Focusing on the important concepts of the exam, it will additionally suggest many communication techniques vital in establishing an excellent doctor-patient relationship. Thirty practice cases will help you hone your history-taking, physical examination, and communication skills and enable you to develop the confidence you need to succeed. Section I focuses on the basics of the exam including score reporting and time management. Section II focuses on communication skills including interviewing techniques, patient challenges, and common exam mistakes. Section III is comprised entirely of practice cases. There is also and appendix on acceptable abbreviations and another on possible case diagnoses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416037279
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/6/2006
  • Pages: 424
  • 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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