Imagine having spent 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and tens of thousands of dollars on tuition and books in an effort to getting a residency. Imagine if you actually did well on all the other exams but failed only one and now you are not getting interviews. It’s even more painful when you learn that exam was one of the more straightforward exams to study for, and requires nothing more than readily available medical knowledge, practice and organization.
If you are wondering what exam I am talking about, it’s known as Step 2 CS. Step 2 CS has recently become one of the most difficult of the 4 USMLE®exams, and the one students are frequently underestimating. This error has led to many students actually failing the exam.
Edward Kaplas, Faculty Physician, USMLE Step 2 CS “Coming up with a good doorway differential diagnosis is critical to a successful patient encounter.”
Edward Kaplas, Faculty Physician, USMLE Step 2 CS
“Coming up with a good doorway differential diagnosis is critical to a successful patient encounter.”
So how can we avoid getting pinched by the Step 2 CS exam and come out on top? Well it’s quite easy, to be honest, and can be done through following these 5 prep tips: