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passed my exam on 2nd attempt - ka_md
Hi guys,
I want to share my experience for Step 2 CS.

I am an IMG. I did my first step 2 CS in LA in 2013.
I only finished FA book, I practiced with my husband, which also a doctor, using the cases from FA book. Then I failed my CIS. I was in rush doing the encounter, I did not pull the drawer when the patients were in supine position, their legs were hanging in the edge of the bed!! I also did not tie the gown back properly. I do not really remember how exactly the exam went on back then, I did not remember asking permission in each step of physical exam. I did not really know what to do and what's not to do for the exam. I was too confident that the whole encounters would be the same with the one we had in my country.

I did not want to fail twice. SO I took it more seriously. What I did differently were:
1. I did observership in US hospital two months before the exam. Thank God the doctors gave me opportunity to do physical exam with the patients.
2. I practiced with two IMG friends, via skype and live. We had opportunity to practice in exam room just like we'd have in the real exam. We practiced for a month and half, through skype every night (because I had to do observership during the day) and live in the hospital every weekend using the cases from FA book and Kaplan.
3. I modified the mnemonic list of questions I had to ask so that I would cover every question. the three of us had our own mnemonic in general.
4. I subscribed for CSE video, watched it almost every night.

I took my second attempt last Jan in PA. I heard rumors that PA is not IMG friendly which I found out after I applied for the test. However, the three of us are IMG and we passed! We're so happy about that.

after finishing my exam, I was not as confident as I was during my first exam. I think because at this point I knew what I had to do and not to do. So I hoped for the best and prepared for the worse.

So guys, just practice, practice, and practice!
Good luck guys for your exam!
wow thats great congrats!
@ka_md kriten or med26 I need guidance tell me where can i get csevideo my fellows have passed with this CSEvideo for how many months do I subscribe for?
I failed step 1 with low performance on my score reports in almost every category, they told me I was ready and their sessions were unproductive and disorganized. Extremely rude and unprofessional staff, I definitely would not recommend. When I told them I failed my exam they hung up the phone on me. The fake score reports they have on their website are not real and they should get in trouble for posting the USMLE score report. The sessions offered by NYCSprep is essentially from other sources, I felt like i knew more than the teacher. They had nurses teaching medical students and they were not qualified to do so.

On my CS exam i failed ICE and CIS,got low performance on both i spent so much on the nycprep expense, plus hotel, they were very rude to me and they dont know what they are doing they kicked me out of the facility the day before my real exam.

the course is very ill organized, not good enough, the sps dont give you enough feedback they charged me so much money yet I did not get a chance to
interact with sps and do cases, i ended up failing my exam thanks to these
scam artists frauds
please avoid these people, they will steal your money and never give you good product
here is there fraud address

2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd,
3rd Floor, NY, 10027

never trust these people they will take your money and never offer you what they say, avoid mr Somas mr Karan Mr Kuri Mr Nicasio Mr Macs Mr Randal they are all unprofessional uneducated frauds and will lead you to failure
They should have told me the truth instead they lied and said i was ready.
i lost so much money now, i have to reapply
what are my chances for matching I really hope they will overlook these failures.
Thanks for the info. I congratulate you on having passed this exam. One must have the courage to do so. When I had problems with my studies, I used since I already did not know how to write my paper. I had to pay for a research paper, as I was very tired of doing it. But you inspire all of us. Even after failure, you achieved success.
Congrats. Now that CS exam is cancelled, what would be the next step for us IMGs to take?
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