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Skill Building Workshops

Receive personalized guidance with 18 hours of interactive small group sessions. You'll practice communication skills, physical exam skills, and practice writing an accurate patient note.

Prep from anywhere

Along with your workshops, you’ll get a comprehensive online review on an efficient 4-day schedule of 3-hour lectures with breaks for self-study.

Full Simulated Exam

Test your knowledge and stamina with 6 or 12 standardized patient encounters delivered in an exam-like setting at our full-service centers or virtually.

Course Topics

Focus on the must-know material for the Step 2 CS including Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP), and the Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE). Practice with 30+ fully updated, exam-like cases and easy-to-understand differential diagnosis tables.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get to practice before the simulated exam?

    Yes, you’ll warm up before your practice exam by working through real cases in a group setting. Integrate everything you’ve learned in Live Online lectures and virtual workshops by actively working through a series of cases in a supportive, group setting with an expert physician teaching assistant and standardized patient. Put it all together and build confidence ahead of your practice exam.

  • How will I interact with the Simulated Patients (SPs) in a virtual setting?

    This is a simulated exam that follows the format of the standard Standardized Patient Exam, except it will be administered using a video conferencing system. The timing for the encounters and interactions will be roughly the same as in-person with one major exception: the physical exam and exam results will be completed verbally. In other words, the student might say something like “I’ll observe the abdomen, auscultar for bowel sounds, percuss to find the liver border, and palpate for masses or pain.” The SP will respond by saying, “The exam is normal except for rebound tenderness.

  • Do I get an additional videos outside of my Live Online lectures?

    Yes, students receive 2 month's access to Self-Paced videos from start date of course.

  • Does this course include patient note practice?

    Yes, patient note practice is included in your prep. You’ll discover how to form a differential diagnosis in a quick and accurate manner and how to document supporting data under time pressure in your patient note. You will be given a link to the Patient Note System with login credentials for use during the simulated examination.

  • How will my Step 2 CS practice exam performance be evaluated?

    Our expert graders and standardized patients use checklists developed according the the test maker's criteria so you can quickly understand your strengths and target your opportunities for improvement. Receive guidance on your likely overall performance on test day. Understand your performance on the three sections of the exam with our personalized computer analysis system: Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP), and the Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE).

  • Will I receive Step 2 CS lecture notes?

    Yes, you’ll receive Step 2 CS ebook lecture notes. Get step-by-step coverage of Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP), and the Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), including History Taking, Physical Exam, Patient Note, and Differential Diagnosis. Organized in an outline format with easy-to-understand differential diagnosis tables.

  • Can I add an additional practice exam to my Step Live + Practice exam course?

    Yes, those who add a second practice exam to their course will save 30% on their practice exam. You can either add an additional 6 patient encounters or 12 patient encounters. Students must call 1-800-527-8378 to enroll. If outside the U.S. or Canada, please call 1-212-997-5883.

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Online Lectures

You'll get live, interactive instruction from our expert faculty as they guide you through over fifteen hours of lecture and video.


Practice Exam

Practice virtually or in-person with 6 or 12 standardized patient encounters and a detailed performance analysis report with feedback.


*Offer valid only when additional practice exam is purchased at the same time as a Step 2 CS Live or Live Online product. Discount may not be combined with any local or other discounts.