Why Should I Subscribe?
Our Step 2 CS course provides candidates with a complete, guided tour of this practical examination. We have included detailed history taking, physical examination skills, and as many practice cases as possible. We provide you with exclusive first-hand information about the exam. Also included is a complete list of important differential diagnoses for the management of each clinical case.
So far the most popular text to prepare for the USMLE Step 2 CS (formerly CSA) is the OSCE/CSA book. Ironically, the OSCE/CSA book was originally designed for the OSCE exam (for American medical graduates) and not for the USMLE Step 2 CS. An OSCE/CSA case concentrates on one disease and bases its questions on that disease only, but this pattern does not fit the USMLE Step 2 CS exam. In the USMLE Step 2 CS, you are required to come up with a differential diagnosis and are expected to ask all of the questions in a broader sense. Not knowing this can jeopardize your overall performance. Our recent survey, which included feedback from 200 USMLE Step 2 CS exam takers, revealed the same opinion.
Most of the other resources available for the Step 2 CS do not cover all the classic Step 2 CS cases, such as shoulder pain, knee pain (except trauma), knee pain in a sexually active female, bilateral leg pain, diabetes drug refill, HIV diarrhea, spells (unconsciousness), impotence, obesity, vomiting in a young female, and low back pain. Other examples include confusion, dizziness, insomnia, pre-employment checkup, bronchial asthma drug refill, chest pain in sickle cell anemia, headache, smoking cessation counseling, and counseling issues in terminal cancer (more than 18 cases). We have included these cases as they are extremely common problems in the US and have a good chance of appearing on the Step 2 CS exam. So, if you depend solely on that book, you may miss some cases.
Apart from giving a comprehensive review of the exam itself, this course also provides detailed information about how to respond to patient's challenging questions. That is why we recommend UWorld over other resources.